Study Results of SADC-EU EPA TBT/SPS Provisions

Posted on: April 10, 2017

Presentation of the technical study on the SADC-EU EPA TBT/SPS Provisions took place in Brussels on 28 March at the Info Point of the EU Commission. One metric to underscore the value of the event was the fact that the presentation and discussion during a 2-hour event on TBT/SPS issues were ...   Read more

The TBT Programme is wishing you all the best for the new year!

Posted on: December 19, 2016

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Capacity building of the quality infrastructure institutions in Niger (2)

Posted on: November 22, 2016

Dans le cadre de la clôture du projet sur le renforcement des capacités de l'infrastructure qualité pour une meilleure intégration du Niger au commerce international, un séminaire a été organisé le 2 novembre 2016 au Palais des ...   Read more

Consultative Dialogue Workshops on National Quality Policy, Kiribati

Posted on: November 08, 2016

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives (MCIC) with technical support from the European Union, organised two national Consultative Dialogue Workshops on national quality policy. The workshops were held in Kiritimati and Tarawa under the Project ‘Strengthening Kiribati’s ...   Read more

Support for the Senegalese Association for Standardization

Posted on: November 08, 2016

Le projet d’appui à l’association sénégalaise de normalisation, initié en Mars 2016, s’est clôturé sur une action de sensibilisation, qui a eu lieu à Dakar le 14 octobre dernier, abordant l’importance de la normalisation pour ...   Read more

Regional Workshop: Metrology function set up in testing laboratories, Benin

Posted on: October 27, 2016

Cotonou - Les 17 et 18 Octobre 2016, le PSQAO, en collaboration avec le programme ACP UE TBT (Technical Barriers to Trade, Barrières Techniques au Commerce) et le PTB (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Institut national de métrologie allemand), a organisé à ...   Read more

Support to the Samoan Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labor

Posted on: October 26, 2016

The ACP EU TBT Programme is currently supporting the Fair Trading, Codex Alimentarius, Consumer Protection & Metrology Division (FTCACPM) of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labor of Samoa for the review and the implementation of the Metrology act, which has recently passed into ...   Read more

Launching of E-learning Programme on Accreditation

Posted on: October 25, 2016

In an increasingly competitive and challenging global market, it is imperative for Africa to fast-track the development of national and regional accreditation cooperation on the continent. For this purpose, African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC) was established to facilitate capacity building ...   Read more

PMU Participation in the 7th AFRAC General Assembly

Posted on: September 29, 2016

The African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC) invited the TBT Programme to AFRAC’s 7th General Assembly and Meetings, held in September 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria, hosted by the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON).

The event comprised a number of technical committees on different ...   Read more

Training of trainers in quality management in the WAEMU region

Posted on: August 29, 2016

Le Programme TBT en collaboration avec la Commission de l’UEMOA et ses huit Etats membres (Bénin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinée-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Sénégal et Togo) ont lancé en janvier dernier le projet communautaire de formation de ...   Read more

PMU Participation in the 10th AFRIMETS General Assembly held in Egypt

Posted on: August 29, 2016

The Intra-Africa Metrology System (AFRIMETS) invited the TBT Programme to AFRIMETS’ 10th General Assembly and Meetings, held in July 2016 in Cairo, Egypt.

The event comprised a number of workshops on different subjects, including one on AFRIMETS sustainability. A number of working ...   Read more

The VAGNY-LAB laboratory accredited ISO/CEI 17025!

Posted on: August 24, 2016

L’équipe de VAGNY-LAB avec à sa tête son Directeur Général  Mr ATTA Kouadio, à la grande joie d’annoncer au Programme TBT que le laboratoire de microbiologie a obtenu son accréditation selon la norme ISO/CEI 17025 : 2005 ...   Read more

UNCTAD 14: Harnessing the blue economy for sustainable economic growth and development

Posted on: August 02, 2016

In the framework of the quadrennial UNCTAD Ministerial Conference, the ACP Secretariat in collaboration with the ACP-EU TBT Programme, ACP-EU TradeCom II Programme and the CTA organised a side-event on the blue economy and its prospects for the ACP.

H.E. Dr Patrick I. Gomes, ...   Read more

Support to Agricultural Value Chain to improve quality and the competitiveness of Togo

Posted on: July 29, 2016

Le Programme TBT (Obstacles Techniques au Commerce), financé par l’Union Européenne, a lancé, en collaborations avec les autorités togolaises, un projet d’appui des filières agricoles du pays en vue de la promotion de la qualité et de ...   Read more

Capacity Building in Strengthening Product Testing Laboratories, Nigeria

Posted on: June 16, 2016

Agriculture and its associated value chains have been identified as a significant opportunity to spur Nigeria’s economic growth, employment and reduce the country’s reliance on oil exports. This project focussed specifically on how the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) can ...   Read more

Capacity building for the Quality Infrastructure Institutions of Kenya

Posted on: June 15, 2016

In March 2016, a new training course for the staff of KEBS (Kenyan Bureau of Standards) was organized under the project “Capacity building for the Quality Infrastructure Institutions of Kenya” facilitated by the ACP EU TBT Programme.

The scope of the training was to enhance ...   Read more

High-level Conference on Responsible Management of the Supply Chain in the Garment Sector

Posted on: May 11, 2016

On April 25, 2016, the European Commission organised its first "High-level Conference on Responsible Management of the Supply Chain in the Garment Sector". Held one day after the third anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh, the conference promoted ...   Read more

6th Steering Committee of the TBT Programme

Posted on: May 11, 2016

The sixth Steering Committee (SC) of the ACP-EU TBT Programme was held at the ACP House on Thursday, April 21, 2016. The Committee was chaired by Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary-General responsible for Sustainable Economic Development and Trade at the ACP Secretariat.

In ...   Read more

European Development Days 2016: Joint action in favour of ACP countries

Posted on: May 05, 2016

The 2016 European Development Days (EDD2016) are fast approaching, with this year’s focus on implementation of the 2030 Agenda. In pursuit of the overarching objective of sustainable development, multi-stakeholder dialogue and partnerships make EDD an engaging and participatory forum with ...   Read more

Support for the Senegalese Association for Standardization: project mid-term assessment

Posted on: April 29, 2016

A mi-parcours du projet, selon les observations de l’expert principal Dr. Adam Pinney et l’expert technique M. Fahmi Hachicha, il est possible de dire aujourd’hui que le projet avance pour le mieux.  

Toutefois, du travail reste à accomplir afin ...   Read more

Support to the Haïtien Bureau of Standards (BHN)

Posted on: April 29, 2016

In November 2015, the TBT Programme launched a project to support the Haitian Bureau of Standards (BHN). The purpose of this EDF-funded intervention are (a) to strengthen the BHN Quality Management institutional capacity; and (b) to promote the adoption of best international practices in the ...   Read more

WTO TBT Committee meeting overview: Good Regulatory Practices and RIAs

Posted on: April 19, 2016

One of the interesting events in relation to TBT issues worth to be mentioned is the WTO TBT Committee Meeting held in Geneva on 7-10 March 2016 (the Technical Expert of the ACP TBT Programme was taking part in it). The work of the WTO TBT Committee Meeting was dedicated to two Thematic Sessions: ...   Read more

Capacity building of the national standards agency in Mali

Posted on: March 31, 2016

Dans le cadre d’un projet de renforcement des capacités de l’Agence Malienne de Normalisation (AMANORM), initié par le Programme TBT en collaboration avec l’AMANORM, les entreprises agro-alimentaires bénéficient de l’accompagnement pour la ...   Read more

Capacity building of the Congolese Control Office, DRC

Posted on: March 21, 2016

Financé par l’Union Européenne à travers le Programme TBT, un projet de « Renforcement des Capacités de l’Office Congolais de Contrôle (OCC) » a été mis en œuvre dans ce cadre au profit de la RDC et des pays ...   Read more

Capacity Building for the Quality Infrastructure Institutions in Kenya

Posted on: February 17, 2016

In 2015, the TBT Programme launched the project titled “Capacity Building for the Quality Infrastructure Institutions of Kenya”, which objectives are enhancing of the WTO TBT and Trade Facilitation Agreements in Kenya among the quality infrastructures institutions; strengthening the ...   Read more

Rwanda - Horticulture Trade Enhancement & Certification (HORTEC) Project

Posted on: February 15, 2016

The Horticulture Trade Enhancement & Certification (HORTEC) project was initiated by the TBT Programme in collaboration with the Rwanda Private Sector Federation (RPSF), which is a professional-umbrella organization, dedicated to promote and represent the interests of the Rwandan business ...   Read more

Capacity building of the Malian Agency for Standardization

Posted on: February 11, 2016

Dans le cadre d’un projet de renforcement des capacités de l’Agence Malienne de Normalisation (AMANORM), initié par le Programme TBT en collaboration avec l’AMANORM, les responsables qualités et les cadres de l’AMANORM ont récemment ...   Read more

Capacity building of the quality infrastructure institutions in Niger

Posted on: January 29, 2016

En Juillet 2015, le Programme TBT, en collaboration avec la Direction de la Normalisation, de la Promotion de la Qualité et de la Métrologie (DNPQM) du Niger, lance un projet de renforcement des capacités des institutions du secteur de l’infrastructure qualité au ...   Read more

Development of an Accreditation E-Learning Programme with AFRAC

Posted on: December 23, 2015

The TBT Programme in collaboration with the African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC) launched in August 2015 a project on the “Development and roll out of an Accreditation E-Learning Programme.

The project, implemented by Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini (FGB), leading firm, and The ...   Read more

Strengthening Product Testing Laboratories in Nigeria

Posted on: December 21, 2015

The ACP-EU TBT Programme supported the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) through the design and implementation of a capacity building project on strengthening product testing Laboratories in Nigeria. The overall objective of this project is to enhance trade competitiveness and support ...   Read more

Horticulture Trade Enhancement and Certification in Rwanda

Posted on: December 07, 2015

On November 17, 2015, an Awareness Seminar on Global G.A.P was held in Kigali. The Seminar titled “Horticulture Trade Enhancement and Certification in Rwanda” was organized as a part of the TBT Programme and implemented by by a consortium of International Economics Consulting and IBF ...   Read more

Capacity building of QI organisations in Comores

Posted on: November 19, 2015

Le projet « Appui institutionnel et renforcement des capacités de l’infrastructure qualité en Union des Comores » a pour objectifs spécifiques le renforcement des capacités au moyen de formations techniques dans les domaines :

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TBT Programme invited by the European Commission at the Expo Milano 2015

Posted on: November 12, 2015

DG Agriculture & Rural Development and the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States invited the TBT Programme to participate in the two-day event on “Agribusiness investment in partnership with farmers’ organizations in ACP countries” that took place ...   Read more

5h Steering Committee of the TBT Programme, Brussels

Posted on: November 09, 2015

The fifth Steering Committee (SC) of the ACP-EU TBT Programme was held at the ACP House on Thursday, October 22nd 2015. The Committee was chaired by Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou (Assistant Secretary-General), ably assisted by Ms. Christiane Leong, both of the Department of Sustainable Economic ...   Read more

Sensitization Seminar on Export Quality Management System, Accra, Ghana

Posted on: November 05, 2015

A Sensitization Seminar on EQMS and ISO 9001:2015 Certification took place in Accra, Ghana on the 8th of October 2015. The event reached full participation, with 65 registered participants representing Ghana government, public and private organisations in the quality sector, parallel EU funded ...   Read more

Strengthening Ghana-Based Exporters through Effective EQMS

Posted on: October 06, 2015

The project titled “Strengthening the Competitiveness of Ghana-Based Exporters through Effective Export Quality Management Systems” has the objective of assisting 15 Ghanaian SMEs operating in the plastics, textile, transport & logistics, aluminium ware, pharmaceutical sectors. ...   Read more

WIPO Sub-Regional Seminar on the Dynamics of Intellectual Property Rights

Posted on: October 01, 2015

Expert on Technical Barriers to Trade of the ACP-EU TBT Programme took part in the WIPO seminar “The Dynamics of Intellectual Property Rights for the Countries of the Eastern Caribbean States” in St. George, Grenada on September 10-11, 2015. The World Intellectual Property ...   Read more

RIA project completed in Mauritius

Posted on: September 30, 2015

The ACP-EU TBT Programme, financed Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) in an ACP country, Mauritius this year. This project was undertaken by Economisti Associati in cooperation with BKP Development. with implementation done by two experts, i.e. Gustav Brink (South Africa) and Giacomo Luchetta ...   Read more

Participation of the TBT Programme at the ARSO 21st General Assembly

Posted on: September 17, 2015

The TBT Programme participated in the 21st General Assembly of the African Organization for Standardisation (ARSO), held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, August 10-14, 2015.

The latest ARSO  General Assembly focussed on the promotion of sustainable agriculture and food security in Africa. ...   Read more

Reinforcing the competitiveness of Ghana based exporters

Posted on: September 04, 2015

The Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Excellence (CLSCE) of Ghana and the TBT Programme are currently working on the reinforcement of the competitiveness of Ghana-based exporters. The team of experts working under this project and specialised in Quality Management Systems and in Export ...   Read more

The Ivorian Vagny-Lab laboratory, on its way to accreditation (2)

Posted on: August 13, 2015

Le projet de renforcement des capacités du laboratoire ivoirien Vagny-Lab, initié en Février cette année, suit son cours et vient de conclure une nouvelle phase d’activités.

En juillet dernier, l’équipe d’experts a ...   Read more

Quality Infrastructure strengthening in Niger

Posted on: August 13, 2015

Le Projet «  Renforcement des Capacités de l’infrastructure Qualité pour une Meilleure Intégration du Niger au Commerce International » a débuté en Juin de cette année, dans le cadre du Programme TBT. Ce Projet a ...   Read more

Scientific and Legal assistance for Kava production in the Pacific

Posted on: July 02, 2015

Kava, the roots of the South Pacific plant Piper methysticum, are an important pillar of the South Pacific culture and, as an export commodity, of the economies of the Melanesian and Polynesia states of Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and the Solomon Islands.

Based on a February 2015 ruling ...   Read more

Enhancing ACP Capacity in TBT Issues: WTO TBT Committee Meetings Highlights

Posted on: July 02, 2015

The ACP Geneva project of the TBT Programme is an unusual type of support provided to the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in at least two respects. First of all, the idea of collective ACP-level work and action on TBT – outside of the narrow scope of WTO negotiations – ...   Read more

InfoPoint Conference: Overcoming Technical Barriers

Posted on: July 02, 2015

In the context of the European Year of Development (EYD), the TBT Programme together with DEVCO and the ACP Secretariat organised a lunchtime event at the InfoPoint of the European Commission. The activity, held on June 2, was the first one convened in the context of thematic month dedicated to ...   Read more

Botswana Bureau of Standards hosts validation National Quality Policy Workshop

Posted on: June 22, 2015

the Ministry of Trade and Industry has appointed the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) to facilitate and coordinate the development of the National Quality Policy (NQP). This move stems from the recognition that international principles on conformity assessment, regulatory framework and quality ...   Read more

Professor Ameenah Gurib-Fakim just elected as the first female president of Mauritius

Posted on: June 12, 2015

Our warmest congratulations on assuming the President of Mauritius. The TBT PMU relishes your work as a technical expert on crafting draft standards for African traditional medicine. 

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Support to ZABS: Standardisation and Quality Management Systems

Posted on: June 08, 2015

In November 2014, the ACP-EU TBT Programme launched a project to support the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) in the field of Standardization and Quality Management Systems (QMS).

The purpose of this 6-month project, implemented by International Economics in cooperation with IBF, was ...   Read more

Interview of Sid Boubekeur, Head of CDE regional office in Southern Africa

Posted on: June 08, 2015

What is the Private Sector Development Programme?

PSDP is an initiative of the Government of Botswana, represented by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), in partnership with the European Union (EU). The ...   Read more

EC Info Point Conference: Overcoming Technical Barriers to Trade

Posted on: May 20, 2015

The European Commission organises on the 2nd of June in Brussels an Infopoint Conference on overcoming technical barriers to trade. The conference willgive the opportunity to the ACP-EU TBT Programme to present its experience and its support provided to the ACP countries. Read more

4th Steering Committee of the TBT Programme

Posted on: May 14, 2015

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 ...   Read more

Capacity Building of the Office Congolais de Contrôle (OCC)

Posted on: April 30, 2015

Le Programme TBT a initié depuis le mois de Février dernier une collaboration avec l’Office Congolais de Contrôle (OCC). L’OCC, notamment en charge du contrôle de la qualité, la quantité, la conformité et du contrôle des prix des ...   Read more

Build the capacity of Botswana Quality Assurance Institutions

Posted on: April 30, 2015

Since February 2015, the TBT Programme partnered the Private Sector Development Programme (PSDP) and the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) with the view to strengthen the Quality Infrastructure (QI) institutions in Botswana and to support economic operators/exporters to comply with World Trade ...   Read more

Reinforcement of the Seychelles Bureau of Standards

Posted on: April 24, 2015

The Seychelles Bureau of Standards (SBS) is the government’s principal body that is mandated to facilitate and to guide the development of appropriate Standardization and Conformity Assessment mechanism for goods and services in the country. SBS provides trade facilitation services in ...   Read more

Capacity building of the Standards Bureau of Burundi

Posted on: April 14, 2015

Au mois de février dernier, le Programme TBT a initié une collaboration avec le Burean Burundais de Normalisation (BBN). Cette collaboration a permis la mise en place d’un projet visant le renforcement les capacités du BBN en tant qu’organisme ...   Read more

COMESA SQA Validation Workshop, Zambia

Posted on: March 24, 2015

In November SeptemerSeptember 2014 the ACP-EU TBT Programme launched a project to support COMESA Secretariat and the Member States to define a strategic plan to foster regional quality infrastructure in synergy with other regional Standardization and Quality Assurance initiatives.  The ...   Read more

African Standards for African Traditional Medicine, role of the TBT Programme

Posted on: March 24, 2015

The 2013 WHO Report on Traditional Medicine defines it as “the sum total of the knowledge, skill, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, ...   Read more

Development of Eco-Labeling Schemes in the Fish Sector Vanuatu & the Pacific Region

Posted on: March 03, 2015

In November 2014 the ACP EU TBT Programme together with the Pacific region launched a new project to assess the real potentials of the adoption of ecolabelling schemes in the fish sector in the Pacific region and thus provide advice and support to governmental and private sector institutions. The ...   Read more

The Ivorian Vagny-Lab laboratory, on its way to accreditation

Posted on: February 04, 2015

Le laboratoire VAGNY-LAB crée en 2000 à Abidjan a pour mission l’organisation d’essais et d’analyses en laboratoires.

Dans le secteur agricole et agroalimentaire, le laboratoire VAGNY-LAB compte parmi les rares structures de Côte d’Ivoire, ...   Read more

The EUD in Cameroon invites the TBT Programme to the 2014 PROMOTE fair

Posted on: February 04, 2015

Last December, the Delegation of the European Union in Cameroon invited the TBT Programme to participate to the 5th edition of the International Exhibition for Enterprises, PROMOTE 2014. The fair, organized every 3 years, attracts more than 100,000 visitors and invites about 1,000 exhibitors from ...   Read more

Recent developments of the capacity building intervention to the Zambia Bureau of Standards

Posted on: January 29, 2015

In Zambia the need to improve productivity for export in order to earn foreign exchange is a priority for the public and private sectors. In order for the country to become more competitive, and take advantage of the opportunities offered by the new global trade regime, and information ...   Read more

African Standards for African Traditional Medicine, the role of the TBT Programme

Posted on: January 13, 2015

The 2013 WHO report on Traditional Medicine[1] presents Traditional Medicine as “the sum total of the knowledge, skill, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in ...   Read more

Promoting Eco-labelling in the Pacific

Posted on: December 04, 2014

The FAO[1] defines Ecolabelling as a market-based tool to promote the sustainable use of natural resources. Ecolabels are seals of approval given to products that are deemed to have fewer impacts on the environment than functionally or competitively similar products. An ecolabel is a tag or label ...   Read more

The TBT Programme publicized in the COLEACP Horizon Magazine

Posted on: December 02, 2014

COLEACP highlights its partnership with the TBT Programme in the latest edition of the Horizon magazine. The article underlines the complementarity of the two programmes in the context of the implementation of a project to support the pineapple industry in the Dominican Republic.

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COMESA Strategic Plan for Standardization and Quality Assurance

Posted on: December 01, 2014

The activities in the field of Standardization and Quality Assurance derive their mandates from the COMESA Treaty of 1994, which has a provision for cooperation in Standardization and Quality Assurance under Chapter 15 - Standardization and Quality Assurance.  Under  this  Chapter, ...   Read more

The WTO highlighted the record number of new trade concerns raised in TBT committee in 2014

Posted on: November 12, 2014

“A record-breaking number of new trade concerns, mostly dealing with issues such as the protection of health and the environment, were raised by WTO members at the Technical Barriers to Trade Committee on 4-6 November 2014 — more than at any other meeting since 2009. For 2014, more ...   Read more

3rd Steering Committee of the TBT Programme, Brussels

Posted on: November 10, 2014

The third Steering Committee meeting of the ACP-EU TBT Programme took place on the 23rd of October at the ACP House in Brussels. The meeting, presided over by Mrs. Helene Fiagan - Market Access Expert at the ACP Secretariat, included the participation of key Programme stakeholders such as: the ...   Read more

TBT Programme partner of the 2014 AFRIMETS Legal Metrology School

Posted on: November 04, 2014

The AFRIMETS Legal Metrology School training courses 2014 was officially launched on October 8th in Tunisia, where Mr. Bruno Doko represented the ACP-EU-TBT Programme, one of the implementing partners of the initiative. The concept of Metrology School is a unique concept, and the 2014 edition has ...   Read more

The Rwanda project Team Leader meet the DEVCO Cooperation Officer in Kigali

Posted on: October 31, 2014

On Friday 17th of October 2014, Dr. Konstantinos Athanasiadis, Team Leader of the project titled "Strengthening the capacity of Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) conformity assessment services towards Accreditation" met Mr. Tarik Kubach, International Aid / Cooperation Officer - Rural ...   Read more

The TBT Programme publicized in the Dominican Republic EUD Facebook page

Posted on: October 27, 2014

On October 24th, the Ambassador of the European Union in the Dominican Republic mentioned the outstanding support of the TBT programme towards the national pineapple producers. The announcement was made during the closing ceremony of the Capacity Building Project funded by the TBT programme. ...   Read more

PMU Participation in the 5th AFRAC General Assembly held in Ethiopia

Posted on: September 30, 2014

The African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC) and the Ethiopian National Accreditation Office (ENAO) invited the TBT Programme to AFRAC’s 5th General Assembly and Meetings, held in September 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The event comprised a ...   Read more

Rwanda Standards Board capacity building and preparation for accreditation

Posted on: September 24, 2014

The TBT Programme is currently collaborating with the Rwanda Standards Board to reinforce its capacity. More specifically, the capacity building project, is divided into 2 main components: 1) training and preparedness for accreditation; 2) impact assessment of the compliance of the national ...   Read more

Capacity Building to Uganda National Bureau of Standard, WTO Notifications and Information Systems

Posted on: September 24, 2014

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the existing capacity of the Ugandan Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) National Enquiry Point (NEP) to the World Trade Organization (WTO) i.e. the Ugandan National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) as well as other relevant national bodies to comply ...   Read more

Capacity Building of the Directorate of Standardization and Quality Promotion in Mauritania

Posted on: August 28, 2014

Le Programme TBT a initié au mois de Juin dernier son premier projet en République Islamique de Mauritanie visant le renforcement des capacités de la Direction de la Normalisation et de la Promotion de la Qualité dans les domaines de la métrologie, de la ...   Read more

Dominican Republic set the way to rearrangement of its pineapple producing sector

Posted on: August 19, 2014

During the month of July 2014, a group of officials from de Ministry of Agriculture, representatives of APROPIC, industrials form de pineapple sector, and organisations that offer consulting en Normalization and Inversion Commerce, have participated in the development of a Training of Trainers ...   Read more

Capacity Building for MAURITAS and national CA bodies in Mauritius

Posted on: July 29, 2014

The TBT Programme has launched in May this year a new capacity building project in Mauritius to strengthening the Mauritius Accreditation Service (MAURITAS) and the national conformity assessment bodies in the country.

The project has two main objectives: 1) the provision of assistance ...   Read more

Capacity Building for National TBT Structures in the Gambia

Posted on: July 08, 2014

This Project on Capacity Building for National TBT Related Structures in The Gambia is the first of its kind under the ACP-EU TBT Programme. While the ultimate beneficiary are exporters in The Gambia, the implementation of the Project was targeted at the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional ...   Read more

14th Annual Meeting of the European Business Organisations, 23-25 June, Brussels

Posted on: June 26, 2014

The European Business Organisations (EBO) Worldwide Network invited the TBT Programme for its 14th Annual Meeting held in Brussels on the 23rd and 25th of June.

The EBO Worldwide Network, created in 2001 between representatives of EU business associations in non-EU countries and ...   Read more

The TBT Programe supports l'Office National du Cacao et du Café in Cameroun

Posted on: June 26, 2014

Depuis le mois d’Avril dernier, le Programme TBT soutient l’Office National du Cacao et du Café (ONCC) dans sa démarche  vers le renforcement des capacités des personnes ressources en vue de la préparation à l’accréditation du ...   Read more

LNE - Programme TBT: un programme de formations sur mesure pour le Bénin

Posted on: June 17, 2014

Le Laboratoire National de métrologie et d’Essais (LNE), met en œuvre son expertise en mesures et références pour apporter aux entreprises, institutions et collectivités, les solutions techniques dont elles ont besoin pour répondre à leurs ...   Read more

Participation in the 24th CROSQ Council Meeting

Posted on: May 15, 2014

CROSQ  (https://www.crosq.org) is the Caribbean regional inter-governmental organization established to facilitate the development of regional standards, promote the harmonization of metrology systems and support the sustainable production and trade of goods and services in the CARICOM ...   Read more

COLEACP-TBT Programme: a concrete collaboration

Posted on: May 07, 2014

Since its founding 40 years ago as an association of companies trading in fruit and vegetables, COLEACP has evolved into an organisation that supports the development of sustainable agriculture in Africa-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) countries. The association has been entrusted by the European ...   Read more

Learning Opportunity in The Gambia

Posted on: May 05, 2014

With the vision to transform The Gambia into a dynamic middle income country by 2020, the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration, and Employment, (MOTIE) and a large number of other ministries and agencies, in coordination with NGOs and the private sector are involved in trade-related ...   Read more

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 ...   Read more

Capacity building for the Agency for Metrology and Quality Control, Benin

Posted on: April 02, 2014

The TBT Programme launches today, April 2nd 2014, a first capacity building project in Benin. Since 2009, Benin has hosted the National Agency for Metrology and Quality Control (ABMCQ), whose main mission is the implementation of a quality organization and test and calibration methods that meet ...   Read more

Tender: Harmonisation of African Standards- Traditional Medicine

Posted on: February 27, 2014

The project shortlist is now available.

Download the document >> Project shortlist

Download the document >> Project summary

 

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FRAC 2014, 6-10 October 2014, ABIDJAN

Posted on: February 21, 2014

A new born intiative in the sector of accreditation and competitiveness for Africa has recently been launched : « FRAC 2014 : Forum Regional sur l’Accréditiation et la Compétitivité en Afrique ».  The main objective of the forum ...   Read more

Capacity Building to Strengthen the National QI in Zimbabwe

Posted on: February 13, 2014

Under the sponsorhip of the TBT Programme, a two-day workshop has been held in Harare on the 26th and 27th of March at the request of the Standard Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ). 

The workshop provided an overview of the WTO TBT Agreement.  The background, purpose and scope of ...   Read more

Capacity Building for National TBT related structures in the Gambia

Posted on: February 06, 2014

The first project of the ACP-EU TBT Programme was launched on February 6th 2014, when the kick off meeting for the project in support to Gambia TBT related structure was carried out at the Programme premises in Brussels. The two experts, Mr. Nichodemus Rudaheranw and Mr. Folke Hermansson ...   Read more

1ST TBT PROGRAMME NEWSLETTER

Posted on: January 21, 2014

The ACP-EU TBT Programme is launching its first Newsletter. The document covers the launching phase of the Programme, major events in 2013 and upcoming projects. For further information on the Programme, please contact us at the following address: contact@acp-eu-tbt.org.

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ATELIER DE LANCEMENT DU NOUVEAU PROGRAMME HUBS&SPOKES 25-29 NOVEMBRE 2013

Posted on: November 22, 2013

"RENFORCER LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES CAPACITES COMMERCIALES DES PAYS ACP" (HUBS&SPOKES II)

Le Programme ACP-UE prendra part à la réunion de lancement du nouveau Programme de Renforcement des Capacités Commerciales des pays ACP ...   Read more

7TH EDITION OF THE EU DEVELOPMENT DAYS, 26TH AND 27TH OF NOVEMBER

Posted on: November 18, 2013

The ACP EU TBT Programme team will participate to the 7th Edition of the EU Development Days held on the 26th and 27th of November in Brussels.

Organised by the European Commission, European Development Days is Europe’s premier forum on international affairs and development ...   Read more

1ST STEERING COMMITTEE OF THE ACP EU TBT PROGRAMME, OCTOBER 29TH 2013, BRUSSELS

Posted on: November 08, 2013

The first Steering Committee (SC) of the ACP-EU TBT Programme was held at the ACP House on Tuesday October 29th 2013. The Committee was chaired by Mrs. Helene Fiagan - Head of Department, Sustainable Economic Development and Trade at the ACP Secretariat and included the active participation of ...   Read more

ECOWAS SEMINAR: SECOND WORKSHOP OF THE ACP-EU TBT PROGRAMME - COTONOU, NOVEMBER 2013

Posted on: November 08, 2013

The ACP-EU TBT Programme organized the last 14th and 15h of November in Cotonou, Benin, a regional workshop aiming at improving cooperation in TBT and in Quality Infrastructure in the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) region. The seminar, officially opened with four speeches made ...   Read more

4TH ACP OPEN DAY, OCTOBER 30 2013, BRUSSELS

Posted on: October 09, 2013

The 4th Open Day took place at ACP House in Brussels on October 30th 2013 and gathered more than 15 EU-funded programmes of the Sustainable Economic Development and Trade (SEDT) division of the ACP Secretariat.

Following the opening remarks of the Assistant Secretary General Mr Achille ...   Read more

STANDARDAYS, CEN-CENELEC MEETING CENTRE, 17 & 18 SEPTEMBER, BRUSSELS

Posted on: September 11, 2013

Objectives of the training: StandarDays give a clear and structured overview of the European Standardization System, of the CEN and CENELEC products and processes, as well as the benefits of involvement to potential stakeholders.

Format: StandarDays is a two-day information ...   Read more

INAUGURATION OF THE PAN AFRICAN QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE

Posted on: September 11, 2013

On 30 August, 2013, in Nairobi, Kenya, The Pan African Quality Infrastructure with members comprising the African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO), the African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC), the Intra-Africa Metrology System (AFRIMETS), and the African Electrotechnical Standardisation ...   Read more

COMESA SEMINAR, FIRST WORKSHOP OF THE ACP-EU TBT PROGRAMME - NAIROBI, SEPTEMBER 2013

Posted on: September 10, 2013

IMPROVING COOPERATION IN TBT AND IN QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE COMESA REGION

The ACP-EU TBT Programme organized the last 5th and 6th of September in Nairobi, Kenya, a regional workshop aiming at improving cooperation in TBT and in Quality Infrastructure in ...   Read more

WTO FOURTH GLOBAL REVIEW OF AID FOR TRADE - GENEVA, JULY 2013

Posted on: July 09, 2013

Connecting to Value Chains

The ACP-EU TBT Programme took the advantage of the Aid for Trade Global Review at the WTO to present and raise awareness about the TBT Programme.

The Fourth Global Review theme was “Connecting to Value ...   Read more

THE 7TH AFRIMETS GENERAL ASSEMBLY - LUSAKA, JULY 2013

Posted on: June 28, 2013

The 7th AFRIMETS GA and associated meetings is scheduled for 1-5 July in Zambia.

The first two days will be dedicated to the Working Group meetings with the Executive Committee meetings held in parallel on Tuesday. A special Workshop on Calibration and Measurement Capabilities (CMCs) ...   Read more

19TH ARSO GENERAL ASSEMBLY EVENTS - YAOUNDE, JUNE 2013

Posted on: June 03, 2013

ARSO Central Secretariat organizes the 19th General Assembly between the 17th and the 21st of June

ARSO has rolled out an elaborate plan to celebrate the 36th Anniversary of ARSO to signify the role of standardisation as a strategic resource in the development ...   Read more

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION IS LAUNCHING THE NEW EXPORT HELPDESK

Posted on: June 01, 2013

The Export Helpdesk has been renewed to offer businesses in developing countries a single point of access to more information on exports to the EU.

The European Union is the world's largest single market and the Export ...   Read more

COMMÉMORATION DE LA JOURNÉE MONDIALE DE LA MÉTROLOGIE, MAURITANIE

Posted on: June 01, 2013

Nouakchott célèbre la journée mondiale de la métrologie le 20 Mai dernier.

A l'instar de la communauté internationale, la Mauritanie a célébré, lundi, la journée mondiale de la ...   Read more

GENEVA WEEK - MAY 2013

Posted on: May 25, 2013

WTO organizes “Geneva Weeks” for non-resident delegations from the 1st until the 3rd of May 2013.

These special week-long events bring together representatives of WTO member countries who do not have permanent missions in Geneva and therefore cover ...   Read more

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