Despite the Coronavirus Pandemic, Quality Infrastructure Continues to Grow Worldwide

The Global Quality Infrastructure Index (GQII) measures QI’s development status and dynamics worldwide. In close coordination with representatives …

Despite the Coronavirus Pandemic, Quality Infrastructure Continues to Grow Worldwide
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About Dr. Ulrich Harmes-Liedtke

Dr Ulrich Harmes-Liedtke is a global expert in the field of international economic development cooperation. With more than 25 years of consulting experience, he is active in all phases of a project and program development (preparation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation) and collaborates with various implementing organizations and development banks (German Development Cooperation - GIZ and PTB -, Inter-American Development Bank, European Union and United Nations). He has consulting experience in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr.Harmes-Liedtke is an experienced trainer and process consultant. He works with groups and teams to reflect on their situation and to then formulate change projects to improve their reality. He enables dialogue, facilitates and designs workshops, processes, and sense-making processes. He is certified in facilitation, mediation, and communication techniques which allow him to deal with sensitive, diverse, and even conflict situations. He supports systemic economic development in various roles: • As an expert and trainer in international trade, national quality policies, industrial policy, clusters, and global value chains • As a process consultant in designing and leading diagnostic processes that result in change, adaptation, and improvement • As a facilitator of dialogue, workshops, training, and sense-making processes • As a transdisciplinary researcher in the field of systemic economic development Born 1965, Ph.D. in political science and economics (Bremen 1999), MA in economics (Diplom-Volkswirt) (Hamburg 1991). German nationality.

2 thoughts on “Despite the Coronavirus Pandemic, Quality Infrastructure Continues to Grow Worldwide

  1. Affected by the accuracy of data, model structure and indicator selection, the index’s measurement of China’s quality infrastructure development level is on the high side, which is not in line with the actual state.


    • Dear Jiadong Jiang,

      Thank you for your comment!

      It would be interesting to know more about your insight into the QI landscape.

      Here is my answer to your comment:

      Let’s separate the accuracy of the data from the formula.

      Firstly, are you concerned about the data we used for the indicators? Or are there better indicators to assess the level of development more realistically?

      The GQII measures the extent to which a country offers internationally recognised services in metrology, standardisation, accreditation and conformity assessment. China’s QIs stand out because they provide a large proportion of the services. In addition, for some sub-indicators (e.g. the number of accreditation bodies and the number of organisations with certified management systems), the size of the country plays a significant role.

      In this respect, it is essential to contextualise China’s GQII ranking in the context of other development indicators. For example, China’s high GQII ranking corresponds to the country’s export strength. Therefore, a high GQII might not reflect the QI for the domestic sector.

      In its current form, the GQII cannot assess the relevance and effectiveness of the QI for the national economy.

      How would you describe the performance of QI in relation to the domestic economy?


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