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10TH European Development Fund  Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme Economic Partnership Agreement  Technical Barriers to Trade Component


The Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) component of the 10th European Development Fund - Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme (EDF-CRIP), "Support to the Caribbean Forum of the ACP States in the implementation of the commitments undertaken under the Economic Partnership Agreement", is funded through a Financial Agreement between the European Union and CARIFORUM.


The overall objective of the 10th EDF Programme is to support the beneficial integration of the CARIFORUM states into the world economy, to support regional cooperation and the development efforts of the Caribbean, in an effort to meet the requirements under the current Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and CARIFORUM.

The overall objective of the EPA-TBT component is to facilitate intra- and inter-regional trade as well as international competitiveness and sustainable production of goods and services within the CARIFORUM states for the enhancement of social and economic development.


The EDF-CRIP TBT Component will focus on increasing the use of services of internationally recognized regional quality infrastructure institutions in the CARIFORUM States, specifically the National Standards Bodies (NSBs) in each State. The CARIFORUM States are: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Haiti, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The project will achieve its objectives through six components, namely:

  • Strengthening of the metrology infrastructure within the region;
  • Strengthening and harmonisation of the standardization infrastructure;
  • Operationalization of regional schemes for accreditation, certification and conformity assessment; and
  • Develop and operationalise a regional scheme for certification and conformity assessment;
  • Build awareness, strengthen the information and communication infrastructure and develop a coordinated knowledge management system;
  • Strengthen the institutions CROSQ Secretariat, INDOCAL and the NSBs from an organizational level, as well as to develop a regional framework for market surveillance.

Additionally, from an organizational level, institutional strengthening of the CROSQ Secretariat, INDOCAL and the NSBs will also be an aspect of this project, as well as development of a regional framework for market surveillance.


7.8 million Euros


The project is of fifty-seven (57) months duration.


The EDF-CRIP EPA-TBT component is overseen by the Delegation of the European Union in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and is being managed by the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) together with the implementing partners the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and the Dominican Institute for Quality (INDOCAL).

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  • Project Manager – Mr. Carl Felix Wolff, PTB
  • Project Coordinator – Dr. Sabine Greiner, PTB
  • Project Coordinator – Ms. Karlene Russell, CROSQ
  • Project Coordinator – Ms. Claribel Lopez Rodriguez, INDOCAL


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Strengthening the Capabilities of Testing Laboratories in the Caribbean to Reduce Technical Barriers to Trade


This project is funded through the Caribbean Aid for Trade and Regional Integration Trust Fund (CARTFund), a Trust Fund financed by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and administered by the Caribbean Development Bank.


The objective of the project is to strengthen the capabilities of testing laboratories in CARIFORUM Member Countries so they can provide reliable, competent, internationally recognised, and affordable testing services to exporters.


Overall, the proposed project will yield the following benefits to the region:

  • Three (3) internationally accredited laboratories which are able to provide more cost effective and internationally accepted testing services;
  • Seventeen (17) testing laboratories in the region are upgraded and have initiated the process towards international accreditation;
  • Improved access to less costly (approximately 50% saving on pre-intervention costs) and internationally accepted testing services within the Caribbean region for exporters and producers in the priority sectors;
  • Caribbean exporters have improved access to EU, North American, Caribbean and other international markets;
  • Increased awareness among producers and exporters with regard to the importance of standards, quality and testing services;
  • Increased collaboration among key regional stakeholders involved laboratory accreditation; and
  • Safer products are available in regional markets.


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USD 625,501


The project is of twenty-two (22) months duration.


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