About STANDARDS ALLIANCE: A PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN ANSI AND USAID
The Standards Alliance was announced by USAID in November 2012 as a new funding facility designed to provide capacity building assistance to developing countries, specifically related to implementation of the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement.
The main objectives of the program, which will inform the activities to be conducted include:
- Increased understanding of WTO TBT principles
- Implementation of the Code of Good Practice for the Preparation, Adoption and Application of Standards
- Improved transparency in the development and/or modification of technical regulations
- More robust and transparent engagement with the private sector in standards development and use
In May 2013, USAID and ANSI entered into a partnership which will coordinate private-sector subject matter experts from ANSI member organizations in the delivery of training and other technical exchange with interested Standards Alliance countries.
The project will include activities in up to 10 markets representing a variety of geographical regions and levels of economic development. In consultation with U.S. government and private sector experts, ANSI reviewed the applications received with consideration of bilateral trade opportunities, available private sector expertise that may be leveraged, demonstrated commitment and readiness for assistance, and potential development impact. Participating countries/regions for the first year will include:
- Central America (CAFTA-DR, Panama)
- East African Community
- Middle East/North Africa
- Southern Africa Development Community
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) assists U.S. foreign policy by administering the U.S. foreign assistance program in more than 80 countries worldwide.
USAID provides humanitarian assistance and economic support with the goal of promoting
international good will, global development, and the expansion of stable, democratic societies and open financial markets.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality
of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is made up of businesses,
professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations.