UNIDO Trains Nigerian Stakeholders on World Trade Organization Notifications Management on SPS & TBT Agreements

 

UNIDO Trains Nigerian Stakeholders on World Trade Organization Notifications Management on SPS & TBT Agreements

ABUJA 03 April 2018

Twenty-five Nigerian stakeholders from the National Notification Authority, National Enquiry Points and the Organised Private Sector were trained on the provisions of the transparency obligations on the application of the World Trade Organization Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreements. The thematic WTO training held from 27 March to 29 March, 2018, in Abuja, within the context of the European Union funded National Quality Infrastructure Project in Nigeria (NQIP), which is implemented by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

The three-day training was aimed at enhancing the capacity of notification operators in Nigeria in a bid to ensure that transparency obligations are adequately met and to facilitate the active participation of NNA, NEPs and OPS in the multilateral trading obligations.

Sessions were facilitated by UNIDO-NQIP international and national experts. Participants received training on various aspects such as ‘Transparency in WTO’, ‘Understanding Notification in SPS and TBT’, and ‘Improving the Notification Protocol in Nigeria’. Participants also underwent practical exercises on the preparation of notifications and processing notifications with an example from the ‘EU Notification on Dry Beans from Nigeria G/SPS/N/EU/131’.

Beneficiary institutions were as follows: Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) which is Nigeria’s NNA; Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services (from within the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development); National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME).

Active Nigerian participation in its commitment to the WTO transparency obligation will work towards building sustainable quality infrastructures.

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