Country: Trade Environment

Standards Quality Infrastructure (SQI) and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS)

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Standards Quality Infrastructure (SQI) and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS)" implementor="East African Community (EAC) Secretariat, East African Standards Liaison Office, National Standards Bureaux (NSBs), National SPS Competent Authorities" target_group="National Standards Bureaux (NSBs) in the East African Community (EAC) and the Horn of Africa, National and Regional SPS Competent Authorities, Government Ministries and regulatory agencies, Manufacturers/Producers, Farmers, Importers, Exporters, and private sector business member organisations." project_value="USD$2.1 Million" implementation_period="2018 - 2023" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="https://www.trademarkafrica.com/download/63417/"]Standards and SPS are technical measures which can either enhance trade or become barriers to trade. The TMA SQI-SPS programme implements interventions covering Standards, Technical Regulations, and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.  Participating in global trade is becoming increasingly critical for the economic growth of developing countries in Africa. On one hand, this requires: Working on the supply side, enabling enterprises to produce and supply quality, safe and cost-effective goods with high-market potential in quantities and consistency demanded by the markets. On the other hand, there is need to show evidence of market conformity, establishing a national infrastructure for proof of compliance with relevant market standards, technical regulations and SPS measures. TMA is actively involved in all these aspects of technical measures affecting trade. A Quality Infrastructure is a system comprising the organizations (public and private) contributing to governmental policy objectives and practices needed to support and enhance the quality, safety and environmental soundness of goods, services, and processes. The TMA SQI programme aims to ensure that technical regulations, standards, and conformity assessment procedures applied by importing countries do not...

Applying the ‘Prioritizing SPS Investment for Market Access (P-IMA)’ Framework to Prioritize SPS Investments For Regional Trade

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Applying the ‘Prioritizing SPS Investment for Market Access (P-IMA)’ Framework to Prioritize SPS Investments For Regional Trade" implementor="The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) and the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat" target_group="National Standards Bodies (NSBs), Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Competent Authorities, and affiliate regulatory authorities, manufacturers and cross border businesses." project_value="US$ 110,000" implementation_period="October 2019 – December 2020" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="https://www.trademarkafrica.com/download/57400/"]The objective of TMA’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) programme is to facilitate trade in agricultural goods while supporting regulators in their objective of protecting human, animal or plant life, and simultaneously avoid unnecessary barriers to trade. The project is implemented by among others, addressing private sector inability to meet SPS requirements due to inadequate knowledge and skills on SPS risks along the value chain, high costs of control & management of SPS risks, and complex inspection and approval procedures in trade. The P-IMA project’s objective, therefore, is to develop capacity for application of the P-IMA framework for prioritization of trade-related SPS capacity-building and investments options for national and regional interventions. The project will also tackle weak capacities by SPS Competent Authorities and policy frameworks to produce and meet technical requirements. Progress: The project has so far facilitated collaboration between SPS Competent Authorities and stake holders to present the P-IMA framework, and equip SPS experts with knowledge and skills needed to apply P-IMA. Analysis of regional SPS investment options has been completed. This analysis provides evidence to support ranking of investment options and facilitate inputs and strategic policy engagements...

Development of the Regional Technical Regulations Framework for Facilitating Cross Border Trade in Food and Cosmetic Products

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Development of the Regional Technical Regulations Framework for Facilitating Cross Border Trade in Food and Cosmetic Products" implementor="East African Community (EAC) Secretariat" target_group="National Standards Bodies (NSBs), Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Competent Authorities, and affiliate regulatory authorities, manufacturers and cross border businesses." project_value="US$ 100,000" implementation_period="July 2018 – June 2022" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="https://www.trademarkafrica.com/download/63428/"]Development of the regional technical regulations framework for food and cosmetics is responding to challenges experienced by manufacturers/producers and cross border businesses in meeting conformity requirements and accessing their preferred markets in a timely and cost-effective manner. These challenges are caused by the requirements affecting product characteristics or their related conformity processes and production methods, including the applicable administrative provisions and costs, for which compliance is mandatory. Upon adoption, implementation of the framework will see reduced times and costs for compliance, resulting from multiple requirements across EAC Partner States. The framework will also promote cooperation among regional regulatory authorities as well as efficiencies in quality infrastructure investments and resource management. Progress: Following its approval and validation by the East African Standards Committee (EASC), the adopted regional technical regulations framework for facilitating cross border trade in food and cosmetic products documented major success with the development of harmonized criteria for registration, approval and verification of processed and pre-packaged foods, during a taskforce meeting held September 30 2020. Drafting of these criteria was supported by EU-EAC Market Access Upgrade Programme (MARKUP) with focus on registration, approval, and verification of processed and pre-packaged foods, which was submitted to the taskforce...

Implementation Of WTO Trade Agreements

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Implementation Of WTO Trade Agreements" implementor="TMA, jointly with the EAC Secretariat, UNCTAD and WCO" target_group="Ministries of Trade in EAC partner States, Transporters, Importers, Exporters, Clearing and Forwarding Agents." project_value="US, 000" implementation_period="Jul 1, 2018 to June 30, 2023 Updated February 2020" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="#url"]TradeMark Africa (TMA) and UNCTAD signed a Cooperation Agreement in 2015 and implemented during a Phase I from early 2016 to end of 2018 with three components: (I) Trade Facilitation; (II) Trade Portals and (III) Trade and Gender. As a result three of the five EAC Partner States have ratified the TFA, five of the EAC PS have established National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFCs), four of the five have established national trade information portals, a regional trade facilitation index tool was developed and launched in December 2018 and most importantly, EAC PS signed a declaration of their renewed commitment to implementing Trade Facilitation (TF) measures. Whilst good progress has been made, much more needs to be done. The NTFCs need additional capacity to effectively champion the TF agenda in the region; trade portals need to be optimised with additional modules such as tariff and Non-Tariff Measures(NTMs); Enquiry points are fragmented and not integrated with trade portals for maximum benefits; the current Trade portals show “as is” procedures which are duplicative or cumbersome and need to be simplified and TF measures uptake by corridor authorities need to be enhanced. What: The objective of phase II will be to build on the results achieved during the first...

Elimination Of NTBs (Strategy 2)

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Elimination Of NTBs (Strategy 2)" implementor="The National Trade Facilitation Committees, The EAC Secretariat, Ministries of Trade, Private Sector business member organizations, Private firms, Border agencies, The Northern and Central Corridor Authorities, Media, Donor organisations with similar programmes in the region e.g. African Development Bank and USAID." target_group="Public and private sector institutions" project_value="US$ 4,120,000" implementation_period="September 2018 - July 2022 Updated February 2020" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="#url"]Implementation of TMA Strategy 1 interventions focused on the identification, monitoring, reporting and elimination of NTBs, capacity building of the National Monitoring Committees (NMCs) at the national level, and supported businesses to report NTBs faster by using mobile based applications, specifically the short message systems (SMS). Despite making inroads in the region, there is room for improvement in terms of a more streamlined real-time framework for the identification, monitoring and elimination of NTBs in the region, more deliberate public private dialogue with the aim of tackling the root causes of NTBs. What: Considering success and challenges of the Strategy I interventions aimed at eliminating Non-Tariff Barriers in the EAC region. Strategy II TMA Investment in elimination of NTBS aims to establish a more coordinated process of NTB identification, monitoring and elimination while using more effective delivery channels and better integration with other TMA programmes in the EAC How: The Non-Tariff Barriers programme will focus on two broad areas: Strengthened institutional capacity to effectively respond to and resolve NTBs. Improved cooperation and dialogue in the resolution of existing NTBs. Contact: Mary Odongo, Email: mary.odongo@trademarkea.com[/single_project_block_1][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id="desired-result"][vc_column][single_project_block_2...

Smart Borders East Africa – IBM Border Programme II

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Smart Borders East Africa - IBM Border Programme II" implementor="TMA, jointly with the EAC Secretariat and OSBPs Lead Agencies, in collaboration with all the Government border agencies (Ministries, Departments and Agencies), National OSBPs Steering Committees, National Trade Facilitation Committees, Corridor Authorities and Joint Border Committees." target_group="Border officials, transporters, importers and exporters in Tanzania/East Africa" project_value="US$ 15,168,000" implementation_period="Jul 1, 2018 to Jun 30, 2023 Updated February 2020" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="#url"]In Strategy One, TMA supported EAC Partner States to deliver a number of trade facilitation initiatives recommended by the WTO TFA. These include the establishment of 14 One Stop Border Posts and integrated border management programmes. However, there are a number challenges constraining full maximisation of the benefits of SI interventions including sustainability approaches to ensure continuous performance improvements of OSBPS. There are also delays on EAC border frontiers which constrain trade to and from adjoining States notably DRC and Ethiopia. What: The programme focuses on the most immediate priorities that will sustain and further enhance operational efficiency, capacity and environmental sustainability of selected OSBPs. These priorities aim at minimising costs and delays at borders; further streamlining border procedures and establishing a sustainable and systematic border performance improvement programme. How: The programme interventions will be at OSBPS supported in TMA Strategy one and those proposed under strategy two. These include enhancing the monitoring of OSBP performance and improving trade flow efficiency at new borders. Contact: Jackline Murekatete, Email: jackline.murekatete@trademarkea.com Click here to learn more about One Stop Border Posts...

Trade Logistics Information Pipeline (TLIP)

[vc_row][vc_column][rev_slider slidertitle="Trade Logistics Information Pipeline (TLIP)" alias="advocacy-and-monitoring-of-ntbs-banner-1"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Trade Logistics Information Pipeline (TLIP)" implementor="Revenue Authorities, Partner Government Agencies & IOTA" target_group="Exporters, Clearing and Forwarding agencies, Government agencies involved in export, Importers in the destination market, transporters" project_value="Est. $4,000,000" implementation_period="2019 – 2020" download_btn_text=" Visit TLIP Website" download_btn_link="https://www.tlip.io"] International trade is essentially an information-intensive exercise which requires the generation, transmission and storage of this information as a critical success factor for trade. One of the major challenges affecting international trade flows is the exchange of information between trade actors across borders. The lack of an integrated framework for information exchange across borders makes visibility of goods and services on transit practically impossible and hence no individual actor in the trade supply chain can account for what is being traded on with precise accuracy. The information that is exchanged across borders to support the trade supply chain is mainly through third parties, using manual documents that are susceptible to fraud, and many a times, not synchronized with the movement of the respective goods and services. The existing cross border trade information exchange framework is costly, inefficient, and inaccurate and lacks transparency. How the documents are generated and transmitted to/from destination/source markets has created doubts as there have been incidences of fraud and/or loss of documents. The resulting delays in the process has an impact on the durability (since most exports from EAC are agricultural goods) and competitiveness of these goods. What: The Trade Logistics Information Pipeline (TLIP) aims to address this challenge by...

Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking Northern Corridor – RECTS

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking Northern Corridor - RECTS" project_value="US $ 800,000" implementation_period="(Start date) - (Expected end date)May 2018 - December 2021" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="#url"]TMA is supporting DRC Customs Administration – DGDA introducing an electronic cargo tracking system on Northern Corridor to reduce transit-related costs by reducing transit time; reducing physical inspections by customs transactions due to reduced risks. Responsibility Center : 42_DRC Project approval summary: 1. PAR approval date: June 2016 PAR number: DRC CBT PAR 2. PAR approval authority: Board NB/ If the project is above $250,000 a PAR must be submitted for approval[/single_project_block_1][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element="yes" el_id="desired-result"][vc_column][single_project_block_2 heading="Desired Results" image_1="42084" image_2="42057"]1. Reduced barriers to trade in selected sub-sectors in Burundi (Fisheries, palm products and fruits) and greater inclusion of women in trade. 2. Improved export capabilities in fisheries, palm and fruits sub-sectors[/single_project_block_2][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element="yes"][vc_column][project_single_ele_3_container heading="More Project Insights." sub_heading="Projects Highlights From A Glance" slide_1="info access for 20 crops & over five breeds of livestock" slide_2="info access for 20 crops & over five breeds of livestock" slide_3="info access for 20 crops & over five breeds of livestock"][single_project_content]Key outputs include; Burundi NMC National Coordinator is recruited [/single_project_content][single_project_content]Burundi NMC National Strategy is developed and validated [/single_project_content][single_project_content]Burundi National Monitoring Committee (NMC) for Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) Action Plan developed and implemented[/single_project_content][/project_single_ele_3_container][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type="fixGreySection"][vc_column][latest_new_carousel bg_image="36696" heading="Latest Updates" sub_heading="News & Updates Across DR Congo" number_posts="20" term_id="295"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type="fixGreySection" el_id="impact-stories"][vc_column][category_based_impact_stories heading="Impact Stories" sub_heading="stories under Infrastructure/OSBP" term_id="212,431" number_posts="20"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

CMS- Asycuda World

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="CMS- Asycuda World" project_value="US $ 800,000" implementation_period="(Start date) - (Expected end date)July 2018 - December 2022" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="#url"]The GoDRC (DGDA) has initiated the migration from ASYCUDA++ Customs Management System to ASYCUDA World, a web-based platform in partnership with UNCTAD. Many Customs offices in East DRC still on ASYCUDA ++ or are still using a manual system to clear goods. TMA in partnership with the Directorate General of Customs (DGDA) and UNCTAD is supporting to fill the gap of the ASYCUDA World deployment in eastern DRC. The project is in line with TMA’s goal to reduce transport costs and times on main corridors. The project will streamline Customs procedures for faster clearance with less paperwork, increase country’s tax revenue generated from taxes on trade, provided by the DGDA increased compliance and adoption of better risk-based approaches to controlling borders. The work of DGDA will be supported by UNCTAD who will provide installation, training and maintenance support of ASYCUDA World. Responsibility Center : 42_DRC Project approval summary: 1. PAR approval date: June 2016 PAR number: DRC CBT PAR 2. PAR approval authority: Board NB/ If the project is above $250,000 a PAR must be submitted for approval[/single_project_block_1][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element="yes" el_id="desired-result"][vc_column][single_project_block_2 heading="Desired Results" image_1="42084" image_2="42057"]1. Reduced barriers to trade in selected sub-sectors in Burundi (Fisheries, palm products and fruits) and greater inclusion of women in trade. 2. Improved export capabilities in fisheries, palm and fruits sub-sectors[/single_project_block_2][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element="yes"][vc_column][project_single_ele_3_container heading="More Project Insights." sub_heading="Projects Highlights From A Glance" slide_1="info access for 20 crops...

Customs Enhancement Efficiency – AEO Scheme Digitalization

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Customs Enhancement Efficiency – AEO Scheme Digitalization" implementor="TMA , RRA" target_group="Rwanda" project_value="$200,000.00" implementation_period="2018-2022" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="#url"]The AEO Scheme Digitalization programme is building on what was achieved under the AEO project in Strategy 1 where a proper AEO scheme was established and at least 25 companies are subscribed to the scheme.  The aim of the digitalization effort is to simplify the process of applying, auditing, vetting and accrediting a firm to AEO status.  Included in the project is the incorporation of the Rwanda AEO scheme to the regional framework that will also be automated to enable mutual recognition of Rwanda AEO in other EAC member states.  This initiative will result into: Reduced time of accreditation; Reduced cost for accreditation to businesses; Reduced time for vetting and auditing; Reduced costs for vetting and auditing; Mutual recognition of Rwanda AEO across borders (in EAC member states under similar schemes) What: The following are the main interventions/solutions being done: Automation of the Application process for AEO accreditation; Automation of the Vetting and Auditing Process; Automation of the accreditation process; Cross border information sharing with EAC member states on AEO Accreditation How: The project will be implemented by UNCTAD in conjunction with RRA.  There will be a project team set up consisting of representation from RRA and private sector association.  The project team will also coordinate activities with the EAC-wide project that is being run from Arusha. Contact: Jackie Zizane: jackie.zizane@trademarkea.com Jacob Hodari:  jacob.hodari@trademarkea.com Doreca Musenga:  doreca.musenga@trademarkea.com Lucy Mudaheranwa:  lucy.mudaheranwa@trademarkea.com John Kulova: john.kulova@trademarkea.com...