Understanding Sustainability Standards: Attention all Mozambican Producers and Exporters

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(2015-05-07) In today’s increasingly integrated trading community companies large and small with the ambition to succeed can no longer afford to be ignorant of the swiftly rising global trend towards sustainability in both production and export standards. Whether in emerging economy agriculture or first world manufacturing, it is the possession of the necessary awareness and compliance, both voluntary or within mandated certification standards that can make the difference between winning or losing clients in tightly competitive overseas markets. However, not all countries have access to the proper tools nor have adequate awareness of developments at international level, creating an urgent need to provide knowledge and training to those who could most benefit.

In recognition of this need for greater dissemination, standards of practice and training, the Geneva, Switzerland based International Trade Centre has launched a new initiative aimed specifically at Mozambique and a small number of other target economies set to gain from upgrading awareness and implementation in this area.

Called the Trade for Sustainable Development Programme (or “T4SD”) the ITC is extending the offer of free participation in a custom-designed programme later this year to a select group of up to 30 Mozambican firms, particularly in the agribusiness, forestry, fisheries and the aquaculture sectors, as well as in textiles and garments.

Scheduled to be held this July in Maputo, the aim will be to help understand the so-called “compliance gaps” existing at present whilst equipping Mozambican firms with international ambitions or plans for expansion to achieve the necessary edge through upgrading their sustainability standards in the marketplace.

The programme is aimed at building the capacity of the selected group of agricultural and textile export companies in Mozambique through a training course to include detailed information on requirements for certification; audit protocols and sustainability standards; and training and instruction in the use of the ITC’s “Standards Map and Self-Assessment tool”.

The Standards Map provides comprehensive information regarding private standards, and aims to increase opportunities for sustainable production and trade. The Self-assessment tool allows producers and exporters to assess their current level of compliance to a selection of voluntary standards, understand their strengths, weaknesses vis-à-vis compliance requirements.

The training is focused on helping companies comply with voluntary sustainability standards, such as those established through Fair Trade, UTZ, Global GAP, The Rainforest Alliance, etc.

The ITC is now in the process of soliciting expressions of interest from Mozambican companies potentially interested in taking part in this upcoming training opportunity which will tentatively be offered in Maputo in July (tentatively during the week of July 6).

source: Colin Waugh

Despachos Aduaneiros en Maputo  |  Clearing Agent in Mozambique | Top Website | http://www.galclearing.com
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