On November 16, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub supported Mozambique’s Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (INNOQ) to host a sensitization workshop for the business community in Tete Province. The purpose of the workshop was to enhance awareness of the importance of standards and to increase participation in the standards development process.
The workshop was officiated by the Provincial Director of Industry and Commerce, Joao Machava, and attended by 28 representatives from the public and private sectors, as well as the media. In his address Mr. Machava stressed the importance of Mozambique's involvement in international trade and the need for stakeholders to comply with rules as set by the World Trade Organization. He acknowledged the Trade Hub’s support for activities related to standardization and technical barriers to trade, and requested INNOQ to visit Tete Province again to train more companies on standards compliance and participation.
Participants in Tete appreciated being introduced to topics that are often presented only to stakeholders in the capital of Maputo and were particularly interested in understanding the roles of the Trade Hub and INNOQ, as well as methods to control sub-standard products entering Mozambique.
A similar event was held in Nacala City, Nampula Province, on November 19, 2015, and the Trade Hub and INNOQ will conduct further training on private sector participation in standards development in Quelimane and Inhambane during the last week of November.
Photo: Provincial Director of Industry and Commerce Joao Machava officiated the workshop in Tete