SESA Programme: Trade Promotion through Standardization

The programme, supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and implemented by the Swedish Standards Institute (SIS), aims at building institutional capacity within the South-east and South Asia (SESA) regions on standard setting and standard implementation. Eight countries, four from each region, have been invited to participate in the programme, including: Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to economic development in the SESA (South-east and South Asia) region through increased access to markets by local and regional producers. Another overall goal is to contribute to a sustainable development of the bio-energy sector. A third overall goal is to contribute to greenhouse gas mitigation activities within the exporting sectors. The programme intends to contribute towards the objectives through strengthened standardization capacity in the SESA regions. More specifically, the programme aims to build national and regional knowledge, both to participate in ISO standard setting processes and to implement standards. This would be done using two processes as case studies, namely:

  • Building capacity on standard setting, using the process of developing the new ISO standard 13065 on sustainability criteria for bio-energy as a case study;
  • Building capacity on standard implementation, using the implementation process of the ISO 14067 Carbon footprint of products standard as a case study.


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