The workshop included 72 participants from the public and private sector and featured presentations by U.S. and Mozambican participants, including representatives from Bureau Veritas, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), Underwriters Laboratories(UL), Regulatory Strategies and Solutions Group (RSS Group), INNOQ, and the Mozambican Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC). Workshop presentations supported the Mozambican government's ongoing development of a national quality policy and provided an opportunity for Mozambican participants to become consider ways to use their draft national quality policy to enhance bilateral trading relationship between the U.S. and Mozambique.
This was the first workshop in Mozambique following the expansion of the Standards Alliance. In the fall of 2016, the Standards Alliance was enlarged to include five new countries in support of the expansion of the Trade Africa initiative. The expansion allows the Standards Alliance to increase its engagement on the African continent and includes specific workstreams in Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mozambique, Senegal, and Zambia. In support of the Trade Africa goals, the Standards Alliance will focus on improving compliance with WTO TBT obligations.
The agenda, presentations, and photos from the workshop are available online. For more information on the Standards Alliance and standards activities in Southern Africa, visit standardsalliance.ansi.org.