July 01, 2017

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National Quality Policy for Trinidad and Tobago

Mesopartner has successfully applied for a tender to give advice to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) for the development of a National Quality Policy (NQP). The project is promoted by the Ministry of Trade and Industry and funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

Trinidad and Tobago is a twin island country situated in the Caribbean at the northern edge of the South American mainland. It has 1,349,667 inhabitants, and is the third richest country by GDP (PPP) per capita in the Americas. Unlike most of the English-speaking Caribbean, the country's economy is primarily industrial, with an emphasis on petroleum, gas and petrochemicals.

The National Quality Policy is part of a mayor effort to overcome the dependency of the country on the oil and gas industry and facilitate the diversification of the economy and a broader participation in global trade. Currently, the country already has in place several elements of a National Quality Infrastructure, mainly represented by and within the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS), but its services are broadly demanded especially by the local companies and emerging sectors. The lack of use of quality infrastructure services makes it difficult for trinbagodian firms to be sufficiently productive and compete successfully in international market. In fact, contrary to the political goal of diversification, the non-energy sector is becoming less and less competitive over time and even losing share in the local market.

Our approach to the development of a National Quality System is demand-orientated. Mesopartner works with an international team comprising experts from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Colombia, Argentina and Germany, and a participatory approach of involving key private and public-sector  stakeholders from the outset in policy design. The consultants will conduct in-depth assessments of several key economic sectors to analyse the gaps between the industrial needs and the existing supply of quality services. It is important here to take a systemic view which embraces the interconnectedness of market requirements, legitimate interests of the populations and the services supply in the areas of metrology, standards, accreditation and conformity assessment.

The consultancy will support a policy steering committee with high-level representatives of the public and private sector to redesign the whole institutional setting of quality policy. This includes proposals for a new legal framework, the reorganization of the organizational landscape and practical suggestions for an investment and communication strategy.

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