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.
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.
Please contact Khemraj Ramful, Senior Adviser, Export Quality Management (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Senior Adviser, Export Quality Management