The overall objective of the "Programme in the Field of Technical Barriers to Trade"' (TBT Programme) was to contribute to improved competitiveness in local, regional and export markets by enhancing export capacity of economic operators in ACP countries. The specific objective, moreover, was to strengthen the capacity of ACP countries and regions to influence and comply with Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) on external markets, as well as to define and enforce legitimate and adequately harmonised TBT on internal markets while drawing maximum advantage of the existing WTO TBT agreements. To reach its objective, this programme operates on two levels; the Quality & Regulatory Infrastructure (Q&RI) level, and the compliance issues of productive industries level. The programme had a total budget of €15 million and was implemented from 2013 to 2017 through a Project Management Unit (PMU) based in Brussels.

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