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Mozambique Workshop on Standards and Conformity Assessment: Tools to Facilitate Trade and Market Access

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), through its public-private partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Standards Alliance, organized a two-day workshop in Maputo, Mozambique, on December 3 – 4 to promote best practices in the development of standards and conformity assessment systems. This event was held in coordination with USAID's Supporting the Policy Environment for Economic Development (SPEED+) program and Mozambique's national standards body, the Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (INNOQ).

The goal of this workshop was to provide an opportunity for Mozambican and the U.S. experts to exchange information and increase the understanding of various aspects of standards, metrology, conformity assessment, as well as general good regulatory practices. Good regulatory practices are the internationally recognized practices and procedures that can be used to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of domestic regulations. These include intra-governmental procedures, impact assessments, transparency, participation, and accountability.

The event attracted more than 100 participants and feature presentations from five U.S. organizations and nine Mozambican organizations from the public and private sectors. U.S. participants including representatives from  ANSI, Bureau Veritas, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), Procter and Gamble (P&G), and the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Speakers from Mozambique include the National Business Association, the Confederation of Business Associations (CTA), and multiple government representatives from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MITUR), Ministry of Fisheries, Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIC), Ministry of the Interior (MINT), Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Science and Technology (MCTESTP), and Ministry of Transport and Communication (MTC).  Presentations various components of national quality infrastructure including technical barriers to trade, best practices for standards and regulatory development, interagency coordination, stakeholder engagement, public consultation and transparency.