USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub assisted with the setting up of IT equipment and office furniture purchased for the Standards Authority (SWASA) WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) National Enquiry Point (NEP) and trained staff on functions, procedures and operations of an enquiry point on June 11-12, 2015 in Swaziland. The objective of the technical assistance is to help Swaziland fulfill the requirements of the WTO TBT Agreement.
A total of 11 SWASA personnel including the Executive Director attended the two-day training. The training covered principles of the WTO TBT agreement, which supports the establishment of the NEP as well as how to run an Enquiry Point helpdesk. SWASA staff expressed appreciation for the training as clarified what they are expected to do and how they can support each other in the various components. The SWASA Executive Director expressed appreciation for the Trade Hub’s technical support which she said will ensure effective operations of the Enquiry Point. The training and equipment set up was in preparation for the Swaziland NEP launch and awareness events scheduled for the week of June 22-26, 2015.
Photo: The Trade Hub’s Trade and Investment Specialist Cosmas Mamhunze with the SWASA Executive Director, Dr. Lomkhosi Mkhonta at SWASA