PRETORIA, 28 August 2018 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (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 toolkit 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 toolkit’s implementation.
“The outcome of this toolkit will provide insight for the strengthening of legislative, strategic management and operational capacities of government,” said Juan Pablo Davila, UNIDO Project Manager. “In addition, it will identify gaps in the technical quality infrastructure system to be addressed to better support the essential oils sector to sustainably access local, regional and international markets.”
South Africa is the second pilot country identified to validate the toolkit before its global release. The results of the UNIDO Quality Infrastructure for Trade Facilitation Toolkit will support the preparation and implementation of ongoing/new interventions and action plans in the booming essential oils sector.
“Central to the success of this initiative is the commitment of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to support industry to enter and compete in the international arena,” said Dipepenene Serage, Chief Director Inspection and Quarantine Services, DAFF. The initiative’s next step is to analyze and share the results with the respective stakeholders to support their development plans.
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UNIDO Department of Trade Investment and Innovation