Country: Standards & NTBS

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...

TBS Testing

[vc_row][vc_column][rev_slider slidertitle="TBS Testing" alias="tbs-testing" offset=""][/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="TBS Testing" implementor="Tanzania Bureau of Standards" target_group="Importers and Exporters in Tanzania" project_value="US$ 2,923,200" implementation_period="2011 - 2019" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="#url"]The existing standards frameworks in Tanzania, which is overseen by TBS, faces challenges of policy, administrative, regulatory and enforcement nature. These challenges have hampered TBS’s capability to offer quality service to its stakeholders, develop market oriented standards, and foster the uptake and adoption of standards by the business community. What: Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) with the support of TradeMark Africa (TMA) is embarking on a process of improving its service delivery mechanisms to its stakeholders in Tanzania.  Part of this improvement includes capacity building and boosting of operational efficiency initiatives targeting its internal and external stakeholders. Key expected results include; Increased Adoption, Use and Compliance with Standards Regulations by MSMEs Increased Efficiency in the Administration of Standards Licensing and Inspections Improved National Quality Infrastructure Regulatory Regime (NQIRR) Improved Capacity to Deliver Services Consistent with Regional and International Standards. How: The project will assist TBS in the development of a training program on Standards, targeting MSMEs using conventional training methods suitable for businesses - using both analogue and digital platforms. It will also support TBS on the development of an integrated Standards, Quality, Metrology and Testing (iSQMT) system that will automate the key administrative processes used by TBS to offer services to its stakeholders; Develop National Quality Policy Framework to establish guidelines and procedures in the development, administration, regulation and enforcement of standards in Tanzania;...

BBN Standards Testing

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="BBN Standards Testing" implementor="Burundi Bureau of Standards." target_group=" Importers and exporters. Manufacturers. Burundi Bureau of standard. " project_value="US$ 927,000" implementation_period="2012 - 2016" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="#url"]The Burundi Bureau of Standards (BBN) is the public body in charge of standards in Burundi. Key responsibilities include: Metrology testing Laboratories services and quality control. Promoting quality assurance and management Creating and management of the certification mark Promoting standardization in industry and commerce Preparing or modifying specifications and codes of practice TMA will provide support to BBN in order to carry out this mandate. What: TMA will support BBN with a series of initiatives to establish regulatory framework of standards quality and SPS, upgrading of testing facilities as well as increase awareness on standards. How: TMA will provide technical assistance to BBN to support development of legal and regulatory framework and training. BBN will on a day to day basis manage consultants. Procurements and contracting will be done by TMA. Contact: Aimé Nzoyihera , Email aime.nzoyihera@trademarkea.com Click here to learn more about One Stop Border Posts Program[/single_project_block_1][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id="desired-result"][vc_column][single_project_block_2 heading="Desired Results" image_1="42638" image_2="41999"]Burundi Bureau of Standards (BBN) simplify and increase the transparency of import/export procedures; producers improve the quality of products produced; bureau of standards staff and producers improve their understanding of standards and requirements. Together, the results lead to national bureau of standards improving efficiency and effectiveness of testing.[/single_project_block_2][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][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...

NTB National Monitoring Committee

[vc_row][vc_column][rev_slider slidertitle="Burundi NTB National Monitoring Committee" alias="burundi-ntb-national-monitoring-committee" offset=""][/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="NTB National Monitoring Committee" implementor="Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT), Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Agriculture and Industry (TCCIA)" target_group="Public and Private Sector group" project_value="US$ 1,300,000" implementation_period="2012 - 2017" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="#url"]NTBs account for a significant proportion of the high transportation costs in the EAC which are estimated to limit intra-regional trade by approximately 15% [World Bank] and constitute significant limitations to foreign direct investment. The existing NTBs have also created a mechanism which funds government institutions and a culture which also includes the possibility of corruption. In Tanzania, foreign-registered cargo trucks are required to pay US$ 500 to the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) on each entry, in addition to annual fees of S$600. This makes eliminating NTBs one of the highest priorities for the EAC Secretariat and member states. How: The TMA Tanzania Programme will provide support to TCCIA through, financial aid, technical, capacity building and logistical support Contact: Elibariki Shammy, Email:elibariki.shammy@trademarkea.com Click here to learn more about One Stop Border Posts Program[/single_project_block_1][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id="desired-result"][vc_column][single_project_block_2 heading="Desired Results" image_1="42714" image_2="42716"]Elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) which will contribute to reduction in transport costs along key corridors in East Africa[/single_project_block_2][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id="project-insight"][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]Elimination of NTBs. Key outputs include; Chamber programme on advocacy and monitoring of...

RBS institutional capacity strengthened

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="RBS institutional capacity strengthened" implementor="Rwanda Bureau of Standards" target_group="Importers and exporters, Manufacturers, Rwanda Bureau of Standards." project_value="US$ 4,963,229.71" implementation_period="2012 - 2017" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="#url"]The Rwanda Bureau of Standards (RBS) has the responsibility to coordinate development and implementation of policies in line with Rwanda National Policy 2010 and the EAC SQMT Act 2006. The bureau is also charged with the responsibility to build capacity in testing laboratories to support industries and ensure Rwanda goods comply with national and regional standards. TMA will provide support to RBS in order to carry out this mandate. What: TMA’s assistance on standards compliance specifically addresses the wider elements of a national quality Infrastructure which includes conformity assessment through testing and accreditation. How: TMA will provide technical assistance to RBS to support development of legal and regulatory framework and training RBS and non RBS quality officials. RBS will on a day to day basis manage consultants. Procurements and contracting will be done by TMA. Contact: Anataria Karimba, Email: anataria.karimba@trademarkea.com Click here to learn more about One Stop Border Posts Program[/single_project_block_1][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id="desired-result"][vc_column][single_project_block_2 heading="Desired Results" image_1="42638" image_2="42538"]Rwanda Bureau of Standards (RBS) simplify and increase the transparency of import/ export procedures; producers improve the quality of products produced; bureau of standards staff and producers improve their understanding of standards and requirements. Together, the results lead to national bureau of standards, improves efficiency and effectiveness of testing.[/single_project_block_2][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id="project-insight"][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"...

South Sudan Bureau of Standards Established

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="South Sudan Bureau of Standards established" implementor="South Sudan Bureau of Standards" target_group="Importers, exporters and manufacturers" project_value="US$ 1,715,157.48" implementation_period="2012 - 2016" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="#url"]The Republic of South Sudan faces several challenges. To govern effectively, the country needs to establish effective state institutions as a basis for economic development and poverty reduction. As a country dependent upon imports, with limited exports beyond oil revenues, a modern and efficient Bureau of Standards aligned with South Sudan’s trading neighbours is of importance. How: TMA will provide technical assistance to SSNBS to support development of legal and regulatory framework and training SSNBS and non SSNBS quality officials. Procurements and contracting will be done by TMA. Contact: John Kalisa, Email: john.kalisa@trademarkea.com Click here to learn more about One Stop Border Posts Program[/single_project_block_1][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id="desired-result"][vc_column][single_project_block_2 heading="Desired Results" image_1="42716" image_2="42708"]South Sudan National Bureau of Standards simplifies and increases the transparency of import/export procedures; producers improve the quality of products produced; bureau of standards staff and producers improve their understanding of standards and requirements. This will in turn lead to the national bureau of standards improving efficiency and effectiveness of testing.[/single_project_block_2][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id="project-insight"][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 for this project include: Institutional strengthening of SSNBS undertaken Technical Regulations Framework developed Upgraded/new laboratories and Metrology department of the Bureau operational in...

Kenya Bureau of Standards testing

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Kenya Bureau of Standards testing" implementor="Kenya Bureau of Standards" target_group="Importers and manufacturers, KEBS, KEPHIS and other national standards agencies" project_value="US$ 1,714,456" implementation_period="2011 – 2017" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="#url"]The regulatory framework for standards in Kenya has overlapping ministerial responsibilities, which has created difficulties for traders in understanding which organisation is responsible for particular tasks which in turn can result in delays in complying with standards regulations. What: The KEBS medium-term strategy 2010-2013 included a review of the framework to clarify and rationalize conflicting and overlapping responsibilities as well as align Kenya’s SQMT infrastructure with international and regional provisions. The project provides support towards reforming the national SQMT policy and legislation in conformity with an EAC wide framework. How: KEBS is implementing the project with technical and financial support from TradeMark Africa. Contact: Joshua Mutunga: joshua.mutunga@trademarkea.com Click here to learn more about One Stop Border Posts Program[/single_project_block_1][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id="desired-result"][vc_column][single_project_block_2 heading="Desired Results" image_1="42638" image_2="42538"]KEBS staff and producers improve their understanding of standards and requirements, increased number and range of parameters tested by KEBs and simplified and more transparency of import/ export procedures.[/single_project_block_2][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id="project-insight"][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]It also focuses on upgrading laboratory facilities and staff training with key outputs being: Standards Act reviewed. [/single_project_content][single_project_content]A national quality policy developed. Technical Regulations Act passed. [/single_project_content][single_project_content] Testing equipment...