|作者：||Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade|
Agenda Item 4: technical assistance
update by ansi on activities related to the work of the tbt committee
This document contains the statement made by the United States at the TBT Committee meeting of 13-15 November 2019 under Agenda Item 4.
1 Emphasizing the importance of effective technical assistance activities, the United States would like to highlight our ongoing efforts to support understanding and implementation of the TBT Agreement and its principles under several capacity building mechanisms.
2 First, ANSI works with African countries to promote international standards and good regulatory practices to support clean energy and ICT technologies, under the U.S. Trade and Development Agency's (USTDA) U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Standards Program (CESP) and U.S.-Africa Information and Communications Technology Program (ICTSP). In 2019, ANSI and USTDA carried out workshops in Senegal and South Africa and addressed subjects such as energy storage standards and regulatory framework, and connectivity.
3 In addition, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are pleased to announce the launch of Standards Alliance: Phase 2. The public-private partnership will build upon the success of Phase I to support the capacity of developing countries in the areas of legal and regulatory framework, standards development, conformity assessment procedures, and private sector engagement. The Standards Alliance Phase 2 will remain a public-private partnership between USAID and ANSI, and will carry out programming in the regions of Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East North Africa, and Indo-Pacific.
4 A key goal of Phase 2 is to help increase the capacity of developing countries to implement accepted international best practices to reduce instances of poor quality and unsafe products, services, and infrastructure. Ultimately, better adoption and implementation of international standards will improve the quality and safety of goods on a global scale.
5 Since its launch in 2013 and as of September 2019, the Standards Alliance has completed more than 90 trainings, workshops, and delegation visits, with more than 4,200 participants. These activities have paved the way for U.S. investment, helped improve countries' understanding and application of standards- and conformity assessment-related principles and mechanisms, and have improved application of key TBT principles such as transparency. Phase I of the Standards Alliance will continue until September 2021, carrying out existing work with Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mozambique, Senegal and Zambia.