Namibia WTO/TBT Enquiry and Notification Point


As signatory to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreements  since 1995, Namibia is a member of theWTO Agreement  on Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO/TBT).

The WTO/TBT Agreement recognizes the contribution that international standardisation can make to the transfer of technology from developed to developing and least developed countries, and the role of international standards and conformity assessment procedures in improving the efficiency of production and in facilitating international trade.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry is responsible for implementation of the WTO Agreements, and has the overall responsibility of ensuring that the obligations under the Agreements are fulfilled.  According to the requirements of the Agreement the Government of the Republic of Namibia, through the Ministry of Trade and Industry, has designated the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) as the Namibian Enquiry and Notification Point for all WTO/TBT notification and enquiry responsibilities.

To meet the these obligations the NSI has established the Namibia WTO/TBT  Enquiry and Notification Point to handle all reasonable enquiries as  well as provide notification on relevant documents regarding any  technical regulations proposed and adopted; and any standards or conformity  assessment procedures adopted and proposed.

This webpage serve as the Centre of the implementation of all notification and enquiry requirements.

Functions

Issuing Notifications

The Namibia WTO/TBT Enquiry and Notification Point issues notifications to the WTO Secretariat concerning:

Impending acts and bills of parliament, government regulations, standards and conformity assessment measures that might have a significant effect of trade of other WTO Member countries.

Handling Inbound Enquiries

Handles all reasonable enquiries from other WTO Members within the scope of the WTO/TBT Agreement.

Handling Outbound Enquiries

Facilitates the process of Namibian industry and goverment enquiring about other WTO Members's regulations and mandetory standards.

Dissemination of foreign notifications and to industry and other stakeholders

Through its webpage and bi-monthly notifications update bulletins, the Namibia WTO/TBT Enquiry and Notification Point disseminates foreign notifications to industry and other stakeholders.

Handling comments on foreign notifications

The WTO/TBT Agreement provides for interested parties in Member countries to comment, enquirer, and request for documents associated with notifications by other WTO Member countries. Find out more.

Publications

The Namibia WTO/TBT Enquiry and Notification Point webpage carries a number of publications:

Work Programme-Six month programme outlining standards projects

Bi-Monthly Notifications Update Bulletins

WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade

Agreement Establishing the WTO