Issue 23 – December 2010
ISO and the International Trade Centre (ITC) have published a new handbook setting out the advantages for exporters in developing countries of closer collaboration between national standards bodies (NSBs) and trade promotion organisations (TPOs). Building linkages for export success has been written for officials with responsibilities for international trade working for NSBs, TPOs or government agencies.
NSBs and TPOs have specific and important roles to play. NSBs develop national Standards and represent their country in international and regional standardisation organisations. TPOs are the source of much-needed foreign market information, and facilitators of export trade. In most developing countries, the NSB is the national enquiry point as required by the World Trade Organization Agreement on Technical barriers to trade, and may also be a provider of conformity assessment services. However, in many countries, little or no formal cooperation existed in the past between NSBs and TPOs.
The handbook offers pointers for any country to use in developing its own approach to help open avenues of collaborative effort between the national TPO and NSB to leverage their services for the benefit of local exporters.