Trinidad to establish policy to enhance trade facilitation and market access

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 17, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago government says it is establishing a quality policy as it seeks to develop quality standards for the country’s non-energy manufacturing base and increase its global competitiveness.

The Ministry of Trade said the National Quality Policy (NQP) is expected to enhance trade facilitation and market access creating and sustaining a more enabling environment to facilitate increased global competitiveness.

It said that NQP is “a step in the right direction” and that the objective of the NQP is to establish an appropriate framework for the development of a National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) in Trinidad and Tobago.

”It is an important element in the framework required to build a more diversified economy and improve the economic outlook for the nation.

“Internationally, the quality infrastructure is recognized as a critical support mechanism for social progress and economic development, enabling the participation of developing countries in international trade,” the ministry said, adding that “this requirement has been recognised in the past by businesses faced with challenges in meeting stringent quality standards abroad and in competing with poor-quality imported products on the local market.”

It said that the NQI institutional framework is required to establish and implement standardization, metrology, scientific, industrial and legal, accreditation and conformity assessment services including inspection, testing and product and system certification necessary to provide acceptable evidence and verification that products and services meet defined requirements.

The Standards Act 1997 mandates the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) to establish a National Quality System; and the NQP is a mechanism that can assist in creating greater cohesion in the quality infrastructure for greater overall effectiveness for the benefit of the country.