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Joint UNIDO-WTO Trade Capacity Building Programme Framework for Zambia
The project aims to enhance the export performance of the Republic of Zambia by creating conditions for strengthening the national legislative framework supporting standards, technical regulations, metrology, testing and quality, addressing deficiencies in standards, testing, metrology and certification capabilities, establishing a credible conformity assessment infrastructure and fostering integration into the multilateral trading system. Internal trade benefits to accrue concomitantly.

Project Summary:
UNIDO and the WTO signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2003 and established a partnership to assist developing economies to overcome challenges that they face in accessing world markets.  In this a three-pronged approach is followed, namely: (i) Development of supply side capacity and competitiveness; (ii) Enhancement of the access to conformity assessment services to market requirements; (iii) Development of connectivity to the global market and integration into the multilateral trading system.    UNIDO focuses its interventions on the first two, whereas the WTO deals with the third.

A Kick-off Seminar was held in Zambia in September 2006 to develop a WTO-UNIDO project along these lines for Zambia.  Based on the recommendations of this seminar, the project was designed as a good example of “aid-for-trade” as it complemented the DTIS study undertaken under the Integrated Framework in 2005 and the draft Integrated Framework 2009-2012, as well other studies done under the JITAP while including specific actions to overcome supply-side constraints including conformity service provision and market access issues. 
Through this project the Zambian Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI) is being assisted firstly, in reviewing the overall organizational framework relating to metrology, standards, accreditation, inspection, testing and certification, i.e. the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI), including the related legislation.  Secondly, the upgrading of facilities of the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) institutions such as, but not necessarily limited to, the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) and the Zambia Weights and Measures Agency (ZWMA) under MCTI and the Food and Drug Control Laboratory under the Ministry of Health (MoH) to improve especially the food sector’s ability to prove conformity and hence facilitate exports.  Thirdly, the project will endeavour to strengthen the ability of selected sector enterprises to comply with international quality requirements creating a demand pull factor for the upgraded TBT and SPS compliance infrastructure.