ARSO and CROSQ signed an MoU on 19th January 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya during the ACP-EU-TBT Programme Workshop “TBT GOOD PRACTICES” held at the Boma Hotel in Nairobi.
The ARSO – CROSQ MoU aims at establishing cooperation in the field of standardisation and Quality on the basis of International principles and regulations. The parties are committed to ensuring that their standardisation programmes and activities facilitate regional and international trade.
Documented evidence in the UNCTAD Statistical Yearbook (2011) indicate that relative share of the ACP-countries in world exports of goods and services has steadily declined from 4.3% in 1980 to 1.8% in 2000, with a slight increase of 2.6% in 2010, and with exports consisted predominantly of primary products, an indication that ACP-countries still have major difficulties in increasing their share of non-traditional exports and hence the need for enabling environment through the quality infrastructure.
CROSQ is the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality Headquartered in Barbados and is the Caribbean regional centre for promoting efficiency and competitive production in goods and services within its 15 member countries, through the process of Standardisation and the verification of quality.
The CROSQ Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Deryck Omar paid a courtesy call on the ARSO Secretary General on 20th January 2017 at the ARSO Central Secretariat where further discussions were held on the implementation of the MoU for the benefit of the ACP countries.