The COMPETIR project, funded jointly by the European Union, the Government of Mozambique and the UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation)started in August 2012. The overall goal of the project consisted in enhancing and strengthening the level of development and the competitiveness of private sector companies through a quality infrastructure and a SME development components. Under the quality infrastructure component, the following results were expected: • Improvement of the dialogue and policy on the national quality system with the creation of awareness and training on Mozambican Technical Regulations • Accreditation of INNOQ (National Institute for Standardisation and Quality)and of some laboratories in selected priority areas in line with international standards. • Sustainability of INNOQ through institutional and operational reforms on calibration, certification, standards and training • Increasing the management system standards Under the SME development component, the following results were expected: • Enhancment of the capacity of IPEME (Institute for the Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises) and DNI (National Directorate for Industry) to design, support, implement and manage sound SMEs development programmes • At least one business advisory centre COrE (Orientation Centres for Entrepreneurs), in a province is operational and effectively support SME development. One/Two COrE Centres on a PPP basis between IPEME and the provincial associations are set up and operating and are efficient (including also the Maputo COrE) in the delivery of advisory services and basic training tailored to the SME needs. • Assistance to IPEME in setting up an independent, marketoriented and efficiently managed pilot business incubator and guided in the replication of this model. • Training and Consulting on Industrial Skills programme designed and delivered through a partnership between IPEME and the business associations. The objective of this project is to carry out a final evaluation of the Competir project to the decision-makers (Government of Mozambique, the European Commission and the various stackeholders). The expected results consisted in providing an overall independent assessment about the project performance, in identifying the key lessons and proposing practical recommendations.

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