All TBT Programme-funded projects closed January 31, 2017

Posted on: December 06, 2016


The imminent end of calendar year 2016 provides an opportunity to provide an update on the status of the TBT Programme. In terms of project cycle, all TBT Programme-funded interventions are scheduled to cease by latest January 31, 2017. This timetable stems from the ACP-EU Financing Agreement governing the operations of our TBT-trade capacity building programme. Nevertheless, the TBT Programme will continue its operations until June 2017. During the 5-month period, PMU staff will undertake a series of tasks aimed at closing the Programme. Prominent among these activities are monitoring projects, preparing for Programme evaluation and preparing the disseminate the Programme’s results and outputs.

The closing phase of the TBT Programme will also witness two significant events to be held in January 17-19, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. First, the TBT Programme in acceding to a request from ARSO will organise a TBT TRTA Dissemination Workshop. The aim of this activity is to develop a sound understanding of the lessons learnt by the TBT Programme on QI trade capacity building measures. The workshop will be based on a review of 12 projects covering major PMU-funded interventions in the areas of QI policy; certification and accreditation; standards; and training. It is anticipated that the workshop will be attended by 60 participants including ACP QI institutions, regional secretariats and private sector bodies, project experts, ACP Secretariat, EU Delegations, EC and other TBT technical assistance providers. The imminent closure of the Programme means that the convening of this workshop offers the chance to bequeath a legacy of sound design and implementation in addressing ACP TBT TRTA needs. The second event is the 7th meeting of the TBT Programme Steering Committee that will review activities undertaken in the recent  semester and consider future implementation strategies. Participants of this meeting of the main Programme oversight body will be our validating partners, ACP Secretariat, DEVCO and ACP QI bodies such as ARSO, AFRAC, AFSEC, CROSQ and PIFS.

Also, a brief update on the status of the Programme’s project implementation. Since operations commenced in March 2013, the TBT Programme has funded 84 projects across three pillars of operations, namely, (a) support to QI institutions; (b) empowering economic operators; and (c) dissemination of results and experiences. Principal beneficiaries of PMU-funded projects were QI bodies (47) followed by SMEs/trade bodies (19). The geographic distribution of projects are as follows - 7 All-ACP; 7 continental African; 21 regional; and 49 national. One final metric of the Programme’s efforts can be discerned from the commitment rate of Programme Estimate 2 resources (PE2), which currently stands at 92% of committed funds for the overall activities.

Finally, the overall positive Programme results warrant the strong commendation of the slate of partners mainly beneficiaries, consulting firms, the ACP Secretariat, DEVCO, EU Delegations, collaborative entities such as PTB and UNIDO. My own personal appreciation is reserved for the PMU team for their professionalism and passion to deliver pro-development results for our ACP beneficiaries. 

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