USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub held a two-day Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Consultative Committee workshop on August 17-18, 2015 in collaboration with Mozambique’s Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (INNOQ).
The workshop was held in Zimpeta (Maputo) to help establish national consultative mechanisms and included more than 20 officials from various government ministries, regulatory authorities, the private sector, and trade associations.
The National TBT Consultative Committee, which is composed of a diverse set of stakeholders, provides a mechanism for discussion and contributions at the national level regarding implementation of the TBT Agreement. During the recent WTO TBT Committee’s Fourth Triennial Review of the operation and implementation of the TBT Agreement (2006), it was emphasized that having effective consultative mechanisms is an important factor for success.
During the workshop the Trade Hub covered the procedures for establishing a consultative committee, best practices, and different consultative mechanism models applied in Kenya, the Philippines, and Uganda. Other topics were tailored specifically to Mozambique including committee composition, the legal framework, funding models and sustainability, transparency, and the need for robust public outreach. This TBT activity is part of an ongoing series of similar workshops to be held by Southern Africa Trade Hub experts with counterparts in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, and Zambia.
Photo: Participants at INNOQ Headquarters, Zimpeta (Maputo), Mozambique