USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in collaboration with the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS), held an awareness seminar on National Enquiry Point (NEP) in Francistown, the second largest city in Botswana, on October 19, 2015. The establishment of a National Enquiry Point is an important element of the WTO’s Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement.
The NEP in Botswana was recently launched in Gaborone with Trade Hub support on September 28, 2015. An NEP helps countries respond to information requests on technical regulations from other nations and traders, as well as to provide relevant documentation regarding technical regulations, standards, and conformity assessment procedures. By providing centralized access to information related to trade and standards, the NEP is vital in helping reduce the time and cost of trade.
Participants were drawn from the public and government sectors and were made clearly aware of the roles of the NEP, the Trade Hub, BOBS, and the Notification Authority, and the importance of the National Enquiry Point for international trade.
Photo: DK Chabo presents the finer points of a National Enquiry Point to the Francistown crowd