Thematic Area: Trade Policy

Delivering Sustainable support to trade policy making: A practitioner’s view in the case of Rwanda

This note outlines the approach taken by the Long Term Technical Assistance (LTTA) team of Trade Mark East Africa (TMA), implemented by Imani Development, within the Rwandan Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM) to providing capacity building and technical assistance. The approach is built around an understanding that the Ministry of Trade, and specifically, the external trade department, is just one player in a broader network of actors required to develop evidence-based trade policy. A system geared toward good trade policy development includes technical leadership of the process, the ability to harness expertise and inputs from a range of stakeholders, and the ability to get to agreement at political level. The LTTA has therefore focused on strengthening the system rather than focusing on a single department or on individuals.

Reform of standards regulatory framework and SQMT

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Reform of standards regulatory framework and SQMT" implementor="Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS)" target_group="Importers and exporters. Manufacturers. Kenya Bureau of Standards." project_value="US$1,900,000" implementation_period="2011 - 2017" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="#url"]The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) provides trade facilitation services in Standards Quality Management, Metrology, and Testing (SQMT), including the WTO/TBT National Enquiry Point, certification and accreditation. There is need to reform the national SQMT policy and legislation in conformity with an EAC-wide framework; upgrade SQMT and conformity assessment facilities and equipment, and train and raise awareness on the new SQMT regime. TMA will provide support to KEBS in order to carry out this mandate. What: The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) provides trade facilitation services in Standards Quality Management, Metrology, and Testing (SQMT), including the WTO/TBT National Enquiry Point, certification and accreditation. There is need to reform the national SQMT policy and legislation in conformity with an EAC-wide framework; upgrade SQMT and conformity assessment facilities and equipment, and train and raise awareness on the new SQMT regime. TMA will provide support to KEBS in order to carry out this mandate. How: TMA will provide financial and technical assistance to KEBS to support development of legal and regulatory framework and training KEBS and non KEBS quality officials. KEBS will on a day to day basis manage consultants. Procurements and contracting will be done by TMA. 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="42765" image_2="42762"]Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) simplify and...