Evaluation of ISO Capacity Building on International Standards

Karsten Weitzenegger leads the Saana Consulting Team for external evaluation of the Sida-funded capacity-building activities of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). BACKGROUND The launching of the evaluation follows a considerable period of preparation and consultation, and a competitive international tendering process that concluded with the contracting of the selected

Juice

How is phytosanitary knowledge managed globally?

A recent STDF project evaluation on developing training manuals and kits on IPPC standards scored highly on relevance and efficiency. With 20+ global manuals now published, National Plant Protection Organizations have greater access to technical resources. View the guides online and download the evaluation report.  The World Trade Organization has contracted Karsten

Trade SDGs

Mainstreaming Trade to Attain the Sustainable Development Goals

The WTO is central to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which set targets to be achieved by 2030 in areas such as poverty reduction, health, education and the environment. The SDGs put significant emphasis on the role that trade plays in promoting

OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector

The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector helps enterprises implement the due diligence recommendations contained in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises along the garment and footwear supply chain in order to avoid and address the potential negative impacts of their activities

UNCTAD 14: Policy coherence needed to turn trade into an engine for growth in Africa

Trade and investment can be drivers of inclusive growth for sustainable development in Africa, says the ILO’s Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships, Gilbert Houngbo, at UNCTAD 14 in Nairobi but calls for more integrated policies to realize that potential.By Gilbert Houngbo, Deputy Director for Field Operations and Partnerships,

Port of Praia

Germany to support developing countries in the World Trade Organization #WTO

Germany is expanding its trade policy support for developing countries. The Federal Government has decided this today. Developing countries need support in particular when it comes to implementing the legal requirements of the World Trade Organization (WTO). This applies, for example, to dispute settlement procedures where two countries are divided

ECOWAS

Evaluating the training on the ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET)

The ECOWAS Commission received support for the training in 2014 from the West African Trade Integration Promotion, (WATIP) which is implemented by GIZ. Part of the evaluation will provide suggestions for future training. The evaluation is being conducted by an expert team of Saana Consulting and African Trade and Sustainable

Carribbean outlet

EU supports the Caribbean private sector

The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and the European Union (EU) have signed the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) agreement worth EUR 24 Million to support regional private sector development. At the 11th EDF launch and signing ceremony, held yesterday at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Barbados, Head of

Africa commemorates 2017 as African Year of Quality Infrastructure

The African Union Conference of Ministers of Trade held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from the 1st – 5th December 2014, called upon the Pan African Quality Institutions (PAQI) to adopt the year 2017 as the African Year of Quality Infrastructure. The decision was made in recognition of the efforts that

Capacity Building for Cooperation in in North-East Asia

GIZ Programme Support for Economic Cooperation in Sub-Regional Initiatives in Asia GIZ SCSI facilitates two Trainings for GTI in Beijing and Ulaanbaatar From September 22-23, SCSI hosted a training in Beijing to enhance the communication capacity for the Secretariat of the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI). Participants that attended the workshop

Fair Trade = no poverty! WFTO promotes 10 Principles of Fair Trade #FairTradeBreaksPoverty

Culemborg, 26 September 2016 – This year WFTO observes Global Anti-Poverty Week (16-22 October 2016) by promoting the 10 Principles of Fair Trade as means to eradicate poverty as desired by the first goal of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals – NO POVERTY. WFTO believes that the principles of Fair

Evaluation of Finnish Aid for Trade – Free Webinar

Evaluation of Finnish Aid for Trade – Free Webinar Monday, June 13, 2016 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CEST Register now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2812033248815322370 Finland’s Action Plan for Aid for Trade 2012 – 2015 “Creating jobs through private sector and trade development” was evaluated. It was interesting, how the cross cutting objectives