With the launch of the country’s expanded National Enquiry Point (NEP) on August 13, 2015, Mozambican exporters and importers now have an effective “one-stop shop” where they can receive information necessary for doing business with other World Trade Organization member countries and neighbors in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). The new and improved NEP will benefit trade by identifying standards, technical regulations, and conformity procedures to improve regional and global market access.
In partnership with USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, the Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (INNOQ) undertook an ambitious collaboration to reinvigorate the NEP over the last 14 months. USAID provided new IT and office equipment, extensive training, development of promotional materials, and a series of public outreach events that have expanded the reach and access of the NEP while reinvigorating its role of this important trade facilitation tool.
The improvement of the NEP fulfills one requirement under the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement, which states that member nations must develop effective enquiry points and strengthen their legal and regulatory framework for standards in order to increase trade.
Photo: USAID/Mozambique Mission Director Alex Dickie addresses the NEP Launch in Maputo