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10th EDF EPA - Technical Barriers to Trade Project Description

PIU Meeting, November 2012

Baobab Towers, CROSQ Secretariat

The CARIFORUM States (the 15 Member States of CARICOM plus the Dominican Republic) signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union in 2008. Since then, CARIFORUM has been actively engaged in the planning and implementation of programmes to create the economic and social capacities needed to effect the region’s viable engagement with the EU under the Agreement.

The European Union through its European Development Fund (EDF) has signed a 165 million EUR Financing Agreement with CARIFORUM, for the programming period 2008-2013. Those resources will be expended in the implementation of the 10th EDF Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme (10th EDF-CRIP). The EPA Implementation Programme is one of the components of the 10th EDF-CRIP, under the theme Support to the Caribbean Forum of the ACP States in the Implementation of the Commitments undertaken under the Economic Partnership Agreement. The Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) project is a sub-component of the EPA Programme that seeks to respond to the Region’s commitments under the TBT Chapter of the EPA (Project Brochure).

Within the current context of trade globalization, multilateral trade agreements have made reference to the necessity of Quality Infrastructure (QI), as entry into international markets requires compliance to international standards and evidence of such compliance through an internationally recognized system of conformity assessment. Quality Infrastructure is therefore essential for removing Technical Barriers to Trade and holds the key to greater integration of countries into the international trade system.

It is against this background that the 10th EDF EPA-TBT Project aims to modernise national and regional QI in concert with the imperatives and internationally recognised principles of international trade, as defined in the WTO Agreement and the EPA. The Project will address the inadequacy of QI to facilitate and ensure compliance with the technical regulations, standards, and conformity assessment procedures of the region’s international trading partners.


The three (3) main goals of the TBT Project are:

  1. to facilitate intra and inter-regional trade,
  2. to promote international competitiveness and sustainable production of goods and services within the CARIFORUM States and
  3. to increase the use of services of internationally recognised Regional Quality Infrastructure Institutions in the region.

 

The expected outcomes of the project include the operationalisation of regional frameworks in the areas of standardization, metrology and accreditation and preparation of Quality Infrastructure Institutions for international recognition. Other projected outcomes of the project are the strengthening of the user orientation of Quality Infrastructure and awareness building activities among stakeholders and also better communication and cooperation between the region's National Standard Bodies (NSBs) and the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) Secretariat including the development of a coordinated knowledge management system. Through this project actions will also be taken to strengthen the working relationship and to foster greater collaboration in Quality Infrastructure between CARICOM and the Dominican Republic.

The project is being executed between July 2012 and March 2017, it has a budget of 7.8 million EUR and is being implemented by the German Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) together with its implementing partners, the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and the Dominican Republic's Instituto Dominicano para la Calidad (INDOCAL). The supervision of the TBT Component is led by the Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

The management structure of the project is as follows:

For further information, please contact the Project Implementation Unit at: tbt.piu(at)crosq.org


Project Events

Support to the Caribbean Forum of the ACP States in the implementation of the Commitments undertaken under the economic Partnership Agreement

Nov. 2015 Conformity Assessment Week

November 2015 Conformity Assessment Week (CANCAB Meeting, OAS Workshop, TIG CA)

May 2015 Fund. de Metrología e Incertidumbre Dom. Rep.

May 2015 Fundamentos de Metrología e Incertidumbre Dominican Republic

April 2015 Training to the Conformity Evaluators Dom. Rep.

April 2015 Training to the Conformity Evaluators Dominican Republic

Feb. 2015 Harmonising of Norms Dom. Rep.

February 2015 Harmonising of Norms Dominican Republic

Feb. 2015 Desayuno Impresial Dom. Rep.

February 2015 Desayuno Impresial Dominican Republic

July 2014 TIG AI St. Lucia

July 2014 TIG AI St. Lucia

June 2014 National visit at BSJ Jamaica

June 2014 National visit at BSJ Jamaica

June 2014 II Simp. Int. de Cal. Dom. Rep.

June 2014 II Simposio Internacional de Calidad Dominican Republic

March 2014 20 Milestones Training Trin.+Tob.

March 2014 20 Milestones Training Trinidad and Tobago

Nov. 2013 Legislation Policy WS Barbados

November 2013 Legislation Policy WS Barbados

Nov. 2013 TIG A Belize

November 2013 TIG A Belize

Aug. 2013 IAAC GA Trin.+Tob.

August 2013 IAAC GA Trinidad and Tobago

July 2013 TOC Mtg. Dom. Rep.

July 2013 TOC Meeting Dominican Republic

May 2013 Simp. Int. de Cal. Dom. Rep.

May 2013 Simposio Internacional de Calidad Dominican Republic

April 2013 CCA Sign. St. Lucia

April 2013 CCA Signing St. Lucia

March 2013 TIG CA Grenada

March 2013 TIG Conformity Assessment Grenada

Nov. 2012 PIU Barbados

November 2012 PIU Meeting Barbados

Nov. 2012 TIG M Costa Rica

November 2012 TIG Costa Rica

Title Date Place Organizers
Workshop on Labelling of Goods - General Requirements, Prepackaged Foods and Prepackaged Goods 02.-03.06.2016 Antigua and Barbuda CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
Workshop on Good Standardisation Practices and an Introduction to the Drafting of Standards 30.05.-01.06.2016 Antigua and Barbuda CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
ISO Forum for Chief Executive Officers of National Standards Bodies in the Caribbean 04.-06.07.2016 Barbados CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
CCA and IAAC Meeting 05.-09.09.2016 Peru CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
ISO/IEC 17065 Workshop 11. - 13.07.2016 Dominican Republic CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
Sub-Regional Workshop - 17020:2012 06. - 08.07.2016 Belize CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
Content Marketing World Conference 06.-09.09.2016 USA CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
Simposio Internacional de Calidad 29.09.2016 Dominican Republic CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
Workshop on Regional Standard Priority 19.-23.09.2016 Bahamas CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
Workshop for Project Management for Standardisation 24.-30.07.2016 Trinidad and Tobago CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
9th TOC Meeting 27.-28.07.2016 Barbados CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
ISO/IEC 17020:2012 Training Course 27.-29.06.2016 Guyana CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
ISO/IEC 17020:2012 Training Course 22.-24.06.2016 St.Lucia CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
PM Training for Standards Officers 15.-17.08.2016 Jamaica CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
CARIMET Meeting 17.11.2016 Uruguay CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
MIKE Meeting 21. - 23.03.2016 Grenada CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
TIG Standardisation 25. - 26.02.2016 Trinidad and Tobago CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
Training in Temperatur at TTBS 23. - 27.11.2015 Trinidad and Tobago CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
TIG-Metrology-CARIMET Meeting 19.11.2015 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
CARIMET Meeting 18.11.2015 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
Conformity Assessment Week (CANCAB Meeting, OAS Workshop, TIG CA) 02. - 06.11.2015 Trinidad and Tobago CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
Technical Implementation Group (TIG) Standardization Meeting 21. - 23. Oktober 2015 Montserrat CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
TIG Metrology Meeting 16.-20.11.2015 Dominican Republic CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
TIG Accreditation Meeting 09.-10.09.2015 Dominican Republic CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
Caribbean Cooporation for Accreditation (CCA) 07.09.2015 Dominican Republic CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
Mass Metrology Regional Attachments 01.08.-31.10.2015 Trinidad and Tobago CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
TOC Meeting 13.-17.07.2015 Germany CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
Temperature Metrology Workshop 04.-28.7.2015 Jamaica CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
Mass Metrology Workshop 22.-24.06.2015 Jamaica CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
Fundamentos de Metrología e Incertidumbre 14.-15.05.2015 Dominican Republic CROSQ, INDOCAL, ODAC, PTB
Training to the Conformity Evaluators 22.-24.04.2015 Dominican Republic CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
PIU Meeting 26.-27.03.2015 Barbados CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
MIKE Meeting 23.-24.03.2015 Barbados CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
Desayuno Impresial 11.02.2015 Dominican Republic CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
Workshop Harmonising of Norms 10.-13.02.2015 Dominican Republic CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
PIU Meeting 06.02.2015 Virtual PIU
Opening Workshop - Volume intercomparison 09.-10.12.2014 Jamaica CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
TIG Accreditation Meeting / CCA Network Meeting 25.-26.11.2014 Bridgetown, Barbados CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
TIG Conformity Assessment Meeting 19.-20.11.2014 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
TIG Metrology Meeting 05.-06.11.2014 Colombia CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
PIU Meeting 14.10.2014 Virtual PIU
TIG Standardisation Meeting 29.-30.09.2014 Jamaica CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
PIU Meeting 07.08.2014 Virtual PIU
TOC Meeting 30.07.2014 Guyana CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
TIG Awareness Information Meeting / MIKE Meeting 14.-15.07.2014 St. Lucia CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
National Standardization Strategies Training Course 07.-12.07.2014 St. Kitts and Nevis CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
II. Simposio Internacional de Calidad 25.-26.06.2014 Dominican Republic INDOCAL
Participation in the Workshop "Creating Global Confidence through Implementation of International Accreditation & Conformity Assessment Standards" 03.-05.06.2014 Grenada GDBS
PIU Meeting 03.06.2014 Virtual PIU
PIU Meeting 03.04.2014 Virtual PIU
Development and Implementation of Tools for NMIs to improve User Relations 19.-20.03.2014 Barbados CROSQ, PTB
Twenty Milestones Intermediate Training 11.-12.03.2014 Trinidad and Tobago CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
PIU Meeting 06.02.2014 Virtual PIU
TOC Meeting 12.12.2013 Virtual TOC
PIU Meeting 25.–27.11.2013 Barbados CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
National Legislation Workshop 21.–22.11.2013 Barbados CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
PIU Meeting 14.11.2013 Virtual PIU
TIG Meeting Accreditation 05.-06.11.2013 Belize CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
TIG Meeting Standardization 21.-22.10.2013 St. Vincent and the Grenadines CROSQ, INDOCAL, PTB
PIU Meeting 17.10.2013 Virtual PIU
PIU Meeting 05.09.2013 Virtual PIU
PIU Meeting 08.08.2013 Virtual PIU
TOC Meeting 24./25.07.2013 Dominican Republic TOC
PIU Meeting 04.07.2013 Virtual PIU
PIU Meeting 06.06.2013 Virtual PIU
1st International Quality Symposium 15.-17.05.2013 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic DIGENOR
COPANT 2013 General Assembly 21.-26.04.2013 Gros Islet, Saint Lucia COPANT
PIU Meeting 17.04.2013 Virtual PIU
TIG Meeting Conformity Assessment 26.-27.03.2013 Grenada CROSQ, DIGENOR, PTB
PIU Meeting 21.02.2013 Virtual PIU
TOC Meeting 05.02.2013 Virtual TOC
PIU Meeting 18.01.2013 Virtual PIU
PIU Meeting 08.01.2013 Virtual PIU
PIU Meeting 20.12.2012 Virtual PIU
TIG Meeting Accreditation 03.-05.12.2012 Barbados CROSQ, DIGENOR, PTB
TIG Meeting Awareness 28.-29.11.2012 Trinidad and Tobago CROSQ, DIGENOR, PTB
TIG Meeting Standardization 27.-28.11.2012 Trinidad and Tobago CROSQ, DIGENOR, PTB
PIU Meeting 19.-23.11.2012 Barbados CROSQ, DIGENOR, PTB
TIG Meeting Metrology 09.-10.11.2012 Costa Rica CROSQ, DIGENOR, PTB
TOC Meeting 27.07.2012 Barbados TOC (CROSQ)