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    Linking Trade Promotion Organizations and National Standards Bodies for Export Success

    The challenges of complying with stringent technical requirements in the international marketplace limits the participation of SMEs from developing countries in international trade. To help navigate the complexities of quality standards and regulations, exporters turn to their local institutions for support and guidance. Trade Promotion Organizations (TPOs) are often the first point of contact for enterprises seeking to export. They play an important role providing capacity-building services and crucial market information to exporters. National Standards Bodies (NSBs) help align with requirements and regulations; they also act as representatives of their country in international and regional standardization organizations and usually act as the WTO TBT Enquiry Point in developing and transition countries. It is recognized that close collaboration between TPOs and NSBs is essential to help exporters address export constraints and technical barriers to trade. But in many countries, there has been little or no formal cooperation between these institutions in the past.

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) initiated this joint initiative to overcome this obstacle. Within a regional perspective, the initiative aims to link TPOs and NSBs to build a comprehensive and sustainable support system for long-term export success.


    Capacity building workshops

    As part of our projects we deliver a number of workshops aimed to reinforce competencies and skills both at institutional and enterprise levels. Some of these workshops are listed below.

    • 30 September - 4 October 2015, Dhaka, Chittagong, Bangladesh, Export Quality Management Seminar. Held jointly with the National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB)
    • 25-27 August 2015, Kigali, Rwanda, Training workshop for SMEs on Standards, Quality, and Packaging (RWA/A1/01A)
    • 4-8 May 2015, Lusaka, Zambia: Workshop - Implementing HACCP in the honey sector
    • 5-7 May 2015, Food safety and HACCP, Zambia (INT/U1/161A)
    • 23 March – 2 April 2015, Solwezi, Zambezi, Kitwe, Kasama, Ndola, Zambia, On site factory visits and gap analysis against the requirements HACCP (Codex). (INT/U1/161A)
    • 11-14 May 2015, Kabompo, Lusaka, Mazabaka, Zambia, Food Safety and HACCP Gap Analysis at Miombo Honey Enterprise (INT/U1/161A)
    • 16-23 February 2015, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Implementing Food Safety based on HACCP (INT/U1/160A)
    • 27-28 January 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Training of Quarantine Inspectors on inspection procedures at the Airport (SRL/98/03A)
    • 23 January 2015, Dakar, Senegal, Training on requirements for ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation of food microbiology labs. (INT/71/13A)
    • 11 – 12 June 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Training on identification of pests having quarantine significance for export to the EU - Batch 1 (SRL/98/03A)
    • 16-17 Décembre 2014, Dakar, Sénégal, Formation aux bonnes pratiques pour l’élaboration et l’application des règlements techniques. élaboration des normes nationaux (INT7113A)
    • 1-6 December 2014, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, Hands on training on food safety systems and HACCP (INT/U1/160A)

    Please contact Khemraj Ramful, Senior Adviser, Export Quality Management (ramful@intracen.org) for more information.

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    Khemraj Ramful

    Senior Adviser, Export Quality Management

    email: ramful@intracen.org