2nd Steering Committee meeting of the TBT Programme, Brussels
Posted on: April 08, 2014
The second Steering Committee meeting of the ACP-EU TBT Programme took place on the 3rd of April at the ACP House in Brussels. The meeting, presided over by Mrs. Helene Fiagan - Head of Department, Sustainable Economic Development and Trade at the ACP Secretariat, included the participation of key Programme stakeholders such as: the European Commission (DEVCO), AESA, ARSO, AFRIMETS and the Permanent Delegation of the Pacific Islands Forum to the WTO.
For this session, the TBT Programme also invited one of its close partner, the German Metrology Institute (PTB), as observer.
Following the opening remarks by the Chair and the adoption of the agenda, the PMU exposed, in a comprehensive presentation, the latest development and achievements of the Programme including: project related activities, financial updates, communication and visibility actions, monitoring and quality assurance system, new web site and finally the future implementation strategy.
The presentation gave an opportunity to the different stakeholders and observer to make comments and remarks about the Programme and also about related actions in the sector. Among them, the Secretary General of ARSO, Mr. Hermogène Nsengimana, mentioned an interesting initiative about the creation of a future Africa Trade web portal, facilitating information about the TBT requirements in Africa.
Finally, the PMU raised also the idea of the organisation of an Annual QI Dialogue Forum, with the objective to extend the PAQI dialogue to the entire ACP region. This idea was supported by the different stakeholders (i.e. PTB, AFRIMETS, ARSO), who made useful suggestions on the forum content and interventions.
The TBT Programme has now reached its cruising speed with a number of ongoing projects, a dedicated monitoring system, a new web site and new initiatives at the ACP level such as the Annual QI Dialogue Forum to be launched in the coming months.