USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub has supported Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Zambia to establish World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) National Enquiry Points (NEPs) to help the countries meet their WTO obligations.
Trade Hub support included training and mission visits to the US and Kenya by designated officers from the six countries and procurement of essential computer equipment and office furniture in close coordination with the national standards bodies of the six countries.
All equipment and office furniture has now been formally transferred to the national standards bodies of the six countries where the NEPs are housed.
In addition to the above support, the Trade Hub assisted all six countries to promote NEPs within the country, established or revived TBT National Coordinating Mechanisms, helped strengthen the legal and regulatory framework for standards, and helped create an effective process for legislating standards.
Article 10 of the WTO TBT Agreement requires each WTO member to set up a National Enquiry Point: a single contact point to which requests for information by other WTO member enquiry points, individuals, and organizations from within and outside the country can be made. The online Enquiry Point provides relevant documents regarding technical regulations, standards, and conformity assessment procedures to encourage trade flow and investment.
Photo: All equipment and office furniture has now been formally transferred to the national standards bodies of the six countries where the NEPs are housed