USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub trained staff of the Mozambique Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade/National Institute for Standardization and Quality (INNOQ) on operations of a National Enquiry Point (NEP) and commissioned the equipment that the Trade Hub procured for the NEP.
An NEP is crucial to reducing the time and cost of trade, since it offers a single contact point to which requests for information on all Technical Barriers to Trade (TBTs) can be addressed. The existence of a functioning NEP is also a requirement of the WTO Agreement of Technical Barriers to Trade, of which Mozambique is a signatory.
The training covered the WTO TBT Agreement and its principles, the role of the NEP in supporting trade measures and the information tools for responding to NEP enquiries.
The training and equipment set up will be followed by an Awareness Seminar in Pemba Town, Cabo Delgado Province, and then the launch at the INNOQ offices in Zampeto, Maputo, in August 2015.
Photo: INNOQ’s offices in Zampeto, Maputo