The Mozambique Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (INNOQ), with support from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, held two seminars on “Private Sector Participation in Standards Development” in Quelimane (Zambezia Province) and Inhambane (Inhambane Province) on November 27 and 30, 2015, respectively.
The purpose of the seminars was to create private sector awareness on the standards development process, highlight available standards, and encourage private sector participation in the standards development process.
Both events were officiated by the Provincial Directors for Industry and Commerce, Augusto Lucas in Quelimane and Antonio Machamale in Inhambane, who welcomed the support from the Trade Hub that has enabled awareness seminars in their province.
Representatives from academia, regulatory authorities, municipal and economic associations attended the seminars at which the Trade Hub presented on its interventions at the SADC level and in Mozambique. INNOQ representatives gave an overview of the institution’s services, the standards development process, the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements and member obligations, the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade National Enquiry Point, and the importance of private sector participation in the standards development process.
Photo: The Provincial Director for Industry and Commerce Antonio Machamale officiated the event in Inhambane