4th Steering Committee of the TBT Programme

Posted on: May 14, 2015

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The fourth meeting of the Steering Committee of the TBT Programme took place on April 28, 2015 at the ACP House in Brussels. Chaired by Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou, ACP Assistant Secretary-General for Sustainable Economic Development and Trade, the meeting reviewed the Programme’s activities in terms of project requests and overall implementation during the semester period September 2014 – February 2015.

In addition to the formal Steering Committee members such as those from DEVCO and the ACP Secretariat, the meeting was also attended by observers such as ARSO, AFSEC, AFRIMETS, AFRAC; the Pacific Island Forum (PIF); and the Physikalisch Technische Budesanstalt (PTB).

The various stakeholders and observers were generally positive in the remarks on the Programme’s work while also recommending a series of measures aimed at improving the working methods and impact of the PMU. The meeting also offered an opportunity to consider the Programme’s future implementation strategy. Participants to the Steering Committee also made observations on a number of contextual challenges facing the PMU’s work. Most notably, the imminent change in the PMU’s leadership posts and the policy environment, including the launch of the African Union negotiations for a continental free trade area. One proposal emanating from the meeting’s discussions concerns the dissemination of results (Priority 3 of the Programme), possibly through the convening of a workshop where the Programme’s best practices and results can be presented and thoroughly analysed by beneficiaries and partners.

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