Trade capacity building
UNIDO support to trade capacity building combines building up the technical infrastructure required to participate in international trade and strengthens key export sectors that require support services in upgrading the productive and export capacities. In today’s business environment, a functioning Quality Infrastructure is a prerequisite for access to regional and global markets and a key determinant of competitive advantage. Globalization of world trade and the requirements of the Agreements on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) for the reduction of technical barriers to trade urgently call for measures to consolidate quality infrastructure
The TCB programmes draws on UNIDO’s technical expertise and on its strong linkages with external partners as well as on inter-organizational cooperation with donors such as the European Union, WTO, UNCTAD, ITC and ISO.
Furthermore, UNIDO offers programmes to facilitate market access through business partnerships and the promotion of Export Consortia. The Responsible Entrepreneurs Achievement Programme (REAP) was developed within the UNIDO CSR programme that provides training and support to SMEs in implementing the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility.
In Tanzania, UNIDO is implementing two important projects in this area:
Upgrading Quality Infrastructure in Tanzania: under this project, the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) and other institutions of the Tanzania quality infrastructure such as the Weights and Measures Agency (WMA), the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA), are being supported to provide improved metrology and calibration services, including maintenance and accreditation, certification and testing services to institutional and private sector customers through mobile calibration, measurement facilities, consumer packaging and implementation of quality and productivity improvement/ management systems.
EAC Regional Project Supporting the Agro-Food Industry: this regional project will enhance the capacity of EAC countries (including Rwanda and Burundi) as a whole to participate in international trade in two ways: first through the enhancement of enterprises capacity to produce according to international market requirements and second, through the strengthening of export-oriented support services, mainly related to conformity assessment.