UNIDO organized a two-day workshop to pilot its Quality Infrastructure for Trade Facilitation Toolkit (QI4TF), which was developed with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The toolkit aims at identifying gaps in the National Quality Infrastructure (NQIS) that affect the sound implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). In particular, the tool will identify gaps that governments and industry should address to comply with TFA articles 4, 5, 8 and 10.3.
The workshop brought together high-level public and private sector representatives from the South African technical infrastructure system and essential oils sector, namely from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), the Consumer Goods Council, the Southern African Essential Oils Producer Associations (SAEOPA), and ten active essential oils enterprises from all around South Africa, among others. In addition, two national coordinators are being trained on the tool’s implementation.
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For more information: Mr. Juan Pablo Davila (J.Davila [at] unido.org)