TBT Programme Knowledge Dissemination Workshop on TBT Good Practices

Posted on: February 07, 2017

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TBT Programme Knowledge Dissemination Workshop on TBT Good Practices

 

Over 60 participants attended the ACP-EU TBT Programme’s Knowledge Dissemination Workshop on TBT Good Practices, held on January 17-19, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. Attendees were drawn from a broad span of ACP QI, trade and private sector actors, most notably, senior officials from QI institutions, Trade Ministries, ACP Secretariat and regional secretariats and executives of trade bodies. Complementing these ACP beneficiaries were EU representatives (both DEVCO and EU Delegation), project experts, other technical assistance bodies such as PTB, Trade Marks East Africa and UNIDO, AESA, and the ACP-EU TBT PMU.

 

The dissemination workshop was conceived as an attempt to deep understanding of good practices in the design, management, effectiveness and sustainability of TBT TRTA interventions. The workshop was the culmination of a project that saw the drafting of four case studies on various cluster of support rendered by the ACP-EU TBT Programme. This analytical work was complemented by the development of an electronic platform to make output on PMU-funded TBT best practices accessible to ACP QI actors.

 

The opening session included introductory remarks by Mme. Christiane Leong, ACP Secretariat; Erik Habers, EU Delegation Kenya; Amb. Nelson Ndirangu Ogw, Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Arthur Appleton, Landell Mills’ Team Leader; and Junior Lodge, ACP-EU TBT Programme. Substantive discussions were based by presentations on four case studies prepared by the contracted team of experts. The four case studies were on the following themes: (a) Standardisation; (b) Accreditation and Certification; (c) QI Policy; and (d) Training. The case studies were presented by the Landell Mills project experts while discussants came from representatives of CROSQ, CLCSE, KENAS and Vanuatan Mission to the EU (as beneficiaries) complemented by TBT PMU experts. The workshop ended with a panel exchange on cross-cutting TBT TRTA issues with representatives of the ACP Secretariat, DEVCO, project Team Leader, ACP-EU TBT Programme and PTB acting as panellists.

 

The discussions resulted in the identification of several good practices in TBT TRTA design and management. These included (a) recognising the centrality of the beneficiary in initiating requests and owning project results; (b) promoting partnerships with other TA providers to engender complementarity of interventions; (c) harnessing the power of local experts by twinning them with international experts; (d) developing templates to inform beneficiaries on project financial and administrative measures; (e) accentuating projects that are regional in scope and pro-development in impact; and (f) harnessing greater ownership and promulgation of project results. The workshop also resulted in live demonstration of Project 072-15 AFRIMETS/CROSQ e-learning platform hosted by the Organisation Internationale de Metrology Legale (OIML) by project Team Leader, Dr. Konstantinos Athanasiadis. There was also an agreement that the outputs from TBT Programme-funded projects will be hosted by Capacity4Dev. with links to the respective websites of Pan-African Quality Institutions (PAQI) website and CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ).

 

The TBT Good Practices project deepened ACP QI practitioners’ collective understanding of designing and managing TBT TRTA interventions. This result constitutes a legacy of the TBT Programme as this EDF-funded vehicle concludes operations in June 2017.

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