The CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) is an intergovernmental institution of CARICOM established in 2002 under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that established the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) including the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). CROSQ is a network of the national standard bureaux in the fifteen (15) Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
- The primary objective of CROSQ is the establishment and harmonisation of standards for the enhanced efficiency and improved quality in the production of goods and services in the Community, thereby facilitating consumer and environmental protection and improved trade within the Community and with third states. Specifically, the CROSQ Secretariat is mandated to implement Article 67: Standards and Technical Regulations of the said Treaty. In keeping with this mandate, the CROSQ Secretariat seeks to strengthen the capacity of both the public and private sector in understanding non- tariff requirements for market access in third states.
- Non-tariff measures (NTMs) have been increasingly used to regulate international markets to assure quality and safety, particularly, in the European Union. In this vein, CROSQ has developed strong cooperation with the European standardisation organisation of European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) to support the implementation of the CARIFORUM - EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
- The CROSQ Secretariat, with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, hosted a three- day workshop on the European Union’s (EU’s) requirements for Labelling and Packaging of Pre-Packaged Goods in May 2019. The CROSQ Secretariat is desirous of continuing this work as a result of the success and high interest of the initiative. Thus, the CROSQ Secretariat seeks to continue the partnership with the GIZ’s new project to support the sustainable dissemination of information regarding the EU’s regulatory regime for product packaging and labelling as a second phase to EU Requirements for Labelling and Packaging of Pre-Packaged Goods Project held in 2019.
In this regard, CROSQ has secured funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to build capacity (in the form of training) in Business Support Organisations (BSOs) within CARICOM and the National Standards Bureaux; to equip them with meeting the requirements and gain market access into Europe.
CROSQ is therefore seeking the services of a suitably qualified individual to provide training to Standards officers of the National Standards Bureaux and Technical Officers of the BSOs.
Deadline for applications: April 23, 2021 - No later than 16:00 hours GMT.
Applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org, ATTN - Mr. Fulgence St Prix, Technical Officer - Standards.
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