Trade Hub team and NSI Management discussing the possible technical assistance on TBT in WindhoekUSAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub met with the Namibia Standards Institution (NSI) in Windhoek on October 7, 2015 to conduct needs assessment to help the country comply with its commitments under the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement.

During the consultation, possible areas for support were identified including strengthening Namibia's legal and regulatory framework for standards; training and awareness seminars on trade metrology, instruments verification, and the ability to conduct and enforce type approvals; and stakeholder engagement to enhance private sector participation in the standardization process.

Namibia will become the seventh Southern African country receiving Trade Hub support within the past two years to meet its national commitments to the WTO TBT Agreement. The other SADC countries which have received Trade Hub assistance in meeting TBT Agreement obligations are Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Zambia.

Photo: Trade Hub team and NSI Management discussing the possible technical assistance on TBT in Windhoek.