Monday, 27 March 2017

10th EDF TBT Programme Is A Resounding Success

Media representatives and members of national bureaus of standards in CARIFORUM member countries participated in a close-out regional press conference on Thursday, March 23, which was geared at highlighting the numerous successes of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Technical Barriers of Trade (TBT) Programme. The overall objective of the 10th EDF Programme was to support the beneficial integration of the CARIFORUM states into the world economy, to support regional cooperation and the development efforts of the Caribbean, in an effort to meet the requirements under the current Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and CARIFORUM. It is expected to facilitate intra- and inter-regional trade as well as international competitiveness and sustainable production of goods and services within the CARIFORUM states for the enhancement of social and economic development. Hiram Williams, Director (Ag.) of the St. Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards (SKNBS), expressed gratitude for the federation being a part of the programme, noting that great benefits were achieved. “We were able to establish and strengthen our national accreditation focal point due to the training that we received under the programme. We are in a much better position to offer to institutions that are seeking information with respect to being accredited. We also provided support and training to our national conformity assessment body committee and we have set up that committee, which would feed into the regional conformity assessment network,” said the acting director. “In the areas of standards, there has been a significant amount of work done under the standards component. We have done a significant amount of training and we have also been able to establish a National Standards Strategy (NSS), which we are presently implementing.”