TradeCom Projects

ACP-EU TradeCom II Programme 

“P056 – “Support to CARICOM National Standards Bodies as Trade Related Institutions to Implement the TBT Provisions of the CARIFORUM-EU EPA” “ 

Duration: January – July 2019 

Objective  

The overall objective of the support project of which this contract will be a part is to support the beneficial integration of the economies of the CARIFORUM Member States into the regional and the global economy by following the guidelines of the TBT provision of the EU – CARIFORUM EPA and thereby contribute to sustainable economic development and poverty reduction. 

Purpose 

In the context of boosting the capacity of the CROSQ to support the National Standards Bureaus the purpose of the support project is two-fold:  

Purpose 1: Efficiently and effectively apply EPA and WTO TBT principles, guidelines and recommendations in keeping with the WTO Good Regulatory Practice (GRP) guidelines; 

Purpose 2: Capacity building targeting at increasing market access intra and extra regionally in support of private sector competitiveness.  

Expected Results 

The expected results are:  

Under Purpose 1: Efficiently and effectively apply EPA and WTO TBT principles, guidelines and recommendations in keeping with the WTO Good Regulatory Practice (GRP) guidelines  

Result 1.1 EPA compliant Regional Good Regulatory Practice (GRP) Guide with attached Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) template developed; 

Result 1.2 EPA related good regulatory practices in the region promoted. 

Under Purpose 2: Capacity building targeting at increasing market access intra and extra regionally in support of private sector competitiveness  

Result 2.1: Sample fit-for-purpose National Code of Practice (COP) for implementing the Regional GRP Guide developed; 

Result 2.2: Technical skills and capabilities on developing a National COP for implementing the Regional GRP strengthened. 

Target Groups  

National Standards Bodies (NSBs), Dominican Republic Quality Institute (INDOCAL), CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality; Regulatory Authorities; Policy decision makers; Private sector; Consumers and Civil Society; Trading partners; Donors; Media  

Partners 

The Contracting Authority for this programme is the AESA Consortium on behalf of the Regional Authorising Officer for the European Development Fund financed project REG/FED/24728, and the partnering beneficiaries – the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality (CROSQ) — the network of the 15 National Standards Bureaus (NSBs) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). 


P047 – “Targeted assistance to strengthen regional trade-related quality infrastructure through intra-ACP partnerships – CROSQ, ARSO and PIFS” 

Duration: March 2019 – October 2019 

Objective 

The overall objective of the project is:  

To contribute to the CARICOM and intra-ACP trade capacity, competitiveness, diversification and economic performance through strengthening of their regional quality infrastructure and partnerships.  

Purpose 

Purpose 1: Contribute to the activation of intra-regional quality infrastructure agreements in support of market access and improved trade performance  

Purpose 2: Support the development of an optimized quality infrastructure in the Pacific region for enhanced trade competitiveness  

Expected Results 

Under Purpose 1 Contribute to the activation of intra-regional quality infrastructure agreements in support of market access and improved trade performance  

Result 1.1  Improved capacity in Standards and technical regulations development and implementation in CARICOM  

Result 1.2  Feasibility study conducted for developing trade capacity enabling Sustainability Standards and associated conformity assessment modalities by CROSQ, modelling the success of ARSO  

Under Purpose 2 Support the development of an optimized quality infrastructure in the Pacific region for enhanced trade competitiveness  

Result 2.1  Enhanced understanding of QI obtained and capacity for developing QI in the PIF developed. 

Partner countries/ institutions 

Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regional organisations for quality infrastructure.  

The main beneficiary is the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) (lead) and other beneficiaries are:  

– Africa: African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO); and  

– Pacific: PIF Secretariat.  

The Contracting Authority for this project is the Project Management Unit for the TradeCom II – ACP Trade Capacity Building Programme on behalf of the Regional Authorising Officer for the European Development Fund financed project REG/FED/24728. 

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