Author: Trademark EA pauline

Non-tariff barriers are key to enabling trade

The Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) is widely seen as a potential stimulant for economic growth, industrialisation and sustainable development in Africa, despite some challenges which need to be addressed. Fears of significant tariff revenue losses and an uneven distribution of benefits are among the main obstacles to the continent's market integration. Trade liberalisation in the CFTA will lower trade costs and allow consumers to access a greater variety of products at lower prices. Lower costs for imported raw materials and intermediate inputs will increase the competitiveness of downstream producers and promote the growth of regional value chains. Trade liberalisation in Africa will also allow agribusinesses to access a large continental market of 1,284 billion people, thereby creating economies of scale. In the long run, increased competition is expected to improve agribusiness efficiency. However, small and medium-sized enterprises may struggle to compete when they are exposed to competition from more established firms as a result of the CFTA. Thriving agribusiness will drive economic growth Agricultural production is one of the most important economic sectors in the majority of African countries. Approximately 75% of Africans rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. History illustrates that agriculture, particularly the agribusiness and agro-industry sectors, have been a driver of economic growth in many countries across the globe, such as Brazil and China. In Africa, agribusiness and agro-industries account for more than 30% of national incomes, as well as the bulk of export revenues and employment. Scaling up agribusiness could be the next growth frontier....

Mark of trust: Rwanda expands global market access for local industry

Rwanda is a country of immense potential and countless opportunities.In December 2017, the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB), received the endorsement of the Dutch Accreditation Council (RvA), creating access for Rwandan products to compete in international markets. The RVA is an internationally recognised standards accreditation body. Rwanda Standards Board has been working with TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), to acquire a modern technology laboratory as well as international recognition of its mark of quality. TMEA has also offered training to private sector and RSB staff on standards compliance. These efforts paid off with the certification of RSB for ISO 9001 and accreditation of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) certification schemes. The Rwanda TMEA Country Director, Patience Mutesi says: “TMEA commends RSB’s commitment and effort to ensure delivery of standardisation services are internationally recognised and trusted.” This is crucial to expanding market access for locally manufactured products and opportunities for cross-border trade, growth and export promotion. “We are happy to keep supporting a good cause to promote cross-border trade in the region,” she adds.  Earlier, on October 26th, 2017 the RvA granted the RSB accreditation to carry out certification for HACCP and FSMS or ISO 22000. This process, delivered through TMEA, was supported by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), and technically managed by the British Standards Institute (BSI). Accreditation elevates the RSB’s competence to provide certification, in this case HACCP and FSMS. It also indicates Rwanda’s maturity in the management of food...

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