TOR for the Study titled: “Impact Assessment of the East African Harmonized Standards
Terms of Reference for the Study titled: “Impact Assessment of the East African Harmonized Standards on the Business Community”, July 2016
Key aspects of the Consultancy
Objective :To undertake an impact assessment of the EAC harmonized standards on seven (7) amongst the most 20 most traded product in the EAC region products on the overall business environment. The products are; alcoholic beverages, steel products, surface active agents, edible fats and oils, paper and paper board, tea and coffee
Time frame : Draft report to be handed over by 22nd August 2016
Submission of final report by 30th August 2016
The total contract days will be 21 for the whole assignment
Location:Field work, data collection and information retrieval in the fol-lowing EAC countries: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda
Presentation of the inception report in Arusha
The Client EABC
The East African Business Council (EABC) is the apex body of business associations of the Private Sector and Corporates from the five member countries of the East African Community (EAC). It was established in 1997 to foster the interests of the Private Sec-tor in the integration process of the East African Community.
The East Africa Standards Platform
The East African Standards Platform (EASP) was operationalised in Mid-February 2012 as a structure within the East African Business Council (EABC) in response to the challenges and the trade barriers faced by suppliers in intra-regional trade due to differences in technical regulation and standards amongst EAC Partner States.
The Background to the study
Out of the 20 most traded products, seven products have standards which have been approved and declared as East African Standards by the EAC Council of Ministers. Several of these standards have been adopted and implemented by the Partner States while others have not.
However, no study has been undertaken to assess the impact of the already harmo-nized standards on the overall business environment in the EAC.
This study is therefore meant to assess the impact of the several standards that have been harmonized on the business community in terms of costs and time to trade goods in the EAC and the overall business environment so that the Standards Platform is able to advocate for further harmonization of standards in the EAC by having clear, realistic and robust information on standards harmonization and development in the region.
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