The Trade Hub held preliminary interviews with five web developers in the region to shortlist suitable candidates for final recruitment for the assignment. The next key steps include contracting the successful web developer, who will liaise with the SADCSTAN Secretariat in the entire process and provide training on maintenance of the website before the final launch.
The website will acknowledge USAID support once it has been finalized. The current STADCSTAN website was last updated in 2009. The new more interactive and user-friendly, social media integrated website is expected to go live before the end of 2014.
The website will be benchmarked against some of the international standards bodies’ websites and will share standards related information, encourage sharing of ideas, provide links to regional and international standards bodies and answers to frequently asked questions.
It will also provide updates on developments such as World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical to Barriers to Trade (TBT) issues and the establishment of national enquiry points by WTO members. SADCSTAN is the sole body mandated by the SADC Council of Ministers to coordinate standardization activities and services in the region. SADC continues to be a leading Trade Hub regional partner.