Tanzania sees SADC Quality Awards as vehicle to penetrating intra-African market

TANZANIA – The government of Tanzania has said the national quality awards competition organized by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) is a fundamental initiative that will help the country penetrate the wider African business market. The Minister for Industry and Trade Prof Kitila Mkumbo directed the Ministry of Industry and Trade as well as the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) to make sure they take seriously this initiative to benefit the country’s economy. He made the remarks in Dar es Salaam at the launch of the national quality awards…

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United Fresh Produce Association, Canadian Produce Marketing Association release 2nd edition of labelling guide

U.S/CANADA – United Fresh Produce Association, the industry’s leading trade association, and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) have released the Second Edition of the USA/Canada Labeling Guide to support industry understanding of the differences and similarities for labeling compliance in both countries. With significant changes to both the U.S. and Canadian regulatory and business requirements, the two associations collaborated to create the guide, designed to be the first point of reference for companies shipping to one or both markets. The Guide is designed to be a user-friendly tool for…

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Ghana FDA reiterates commitment to back intra-African trade

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) Ghana has echoed its commitment to support the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) initiatives aimed at promoting intra-African trade. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the just-ended 2nd Intra-African Trade Fair held in Durban, South Africa, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, responsible for Technical Operations at the FDA, Mrs. Akua Amartey, said the FDA would want to advocate for the speedy harmonization of regulatory requirements across the continent, to reduce undue cost that businesses incur while trading their products…

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Ghana to host 65th Council Meeting of African Organization for Standardization

GHANA – The government of Ghana through the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) will host the 65th Council Meeting of the African Organization for Standardization (ARSO) in Accra, amidst calls to accelerate the harmonization of standards in the region which is seen as crucial to achieving the objectives of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). It is the first Council meeting since the General Assembly unanimously elected the Director General of GSA, Prof Alex Dodoo as the President of ARSO. He is scheduled to lead the organization from June 2022…

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South Africa culminates 10-year avocado tiff with Tanzania

TANZANIA – South Africa has granted market access to avocado produced in Tanzania, ending 10 years of a standoff over the matter due to lack of phytosanitary certifications. South African avocado importers say they seek hard, green, and undamaged fruits that pass sanitary classification. The Acting Director of the South African Plant Health, Jan Hendrik Venter, said the decision was reached following a successful virtual bilateral engagement. “On November 9, 2021, the National Plant Protection Organization of Tanzania (NPPO) provided a pre-recorded video presentation to the National Plant Protection Organisation…

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Kenya sends delegation to Belgium in bid to resume mango exports to EU

KENYA – Kenya has dispatched a delegation to Brussels, Belgium’s capital, in its quest to redominate the lucrative European Union (EU) market with its mango exports. The team, led by Directorate of Horticulture and Kenya Health Plant Inspectorate Service (Kephis) officials, is steering negotiations to have the country access the market after nearly a decade of having not exported the produce to the EU. Kenya imposed a ban on export of its mangoes to Europe in 2012 for fears that the produce would be blacklisted due to high level of…

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Ministry of Agriculture vows to boost meat supply in Kenya

KENYA – The Ministry of Agriculture has vowed to scale up meat supply in the country through reforms which it said will enable it to meet the 1.5 million cattle quotas gap of meat distributed yearly. Ministry of Agriculture Cabinet Secretary (CS), Peter Munya, during the launch of Kenya’s first-ever meat expo revealed that already, four laws are undergoing the consultative process in parliament to improve the livestock sector. The two-day expo organized under the theme ‘safe meat for nutrition, health and wealth creation, is aimed at providing a platform…

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Ghana Standards Authority pledges support to trade organizations to improve standards

GHANA – The Ghana Standards Authority(GSA) has given an assurance that it will support the various trade organizations to improve the standards of locally produced goods and ensure that all imported products meet the required national standards. The authority is committed to improving the ease of doing business for the private sector and providing a level playing field for all enterprises to grow. The GSA Director General, Professor Alex Dodoo, who gave the assurance, said that would provide the springboard for the attainment of the government’s economic transformation agenda. “Businesses…

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UK, New Zealand strike deal to give way to more seamless trade

U.K/NEW ZEALAND – Following 16 months of trade talks, United Kingdom and New Zealand have signed a pact that will circumvent bureaucratic obstacles that have previously impeded trade between the two countries. The British government is claiming the deal will “cut red tape” for businesses, suggesting there might be some harmonization of standards. It also claims the deal will bring a halt to tariffs for UK exporters and make it easier for UK professionals to work in New Zealand. The second post-Brexit trade deal was agreed in a video call…

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Rwanda, Ghana deliberate on effective ways of collaboration

RWANDA – The Rwandan High Commissioner to Ghana, Aisa Kirabo Kacyira has paid a courtesy call on the Director-General (DG) of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Alexander Dodoo, to confer on ways the two agencies can work together efficiently. The purpose of the visit was to explore ways the two institutions could implement the policy objectives inherent in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), among other trade-related issues. The High Commissioner was accompanied by the First Secretary and Head of Economic Diplomacy at the Rwandan High Commission, Jackson Ngabonziza.…

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