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Bangladesh diversifying exports

  • Meeting technical requirements for export through the WTO Agreement on SPS


    “It is only after the intervention of the BQSP project, that the SPS National Enquiry Point at the WTO Cell of the Ministry of Commerce became operational. The Action Plan developed under the BQSP project was instrumental in gaining momentum for the development of our NEP.”

    - Mr. N. Ahmed, Deputy Director, WTO Cell, Ministry of Commerce, Government of Bangladesh.


    ITC’s work in the project (Bangladesh Quality Support Programme-2009) aimed to enhance the awareness and the capacity of the private sector to:

    • benefit from the WTO Agreements on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS)
    • cope with technical requirements in export markets.

    Capacity building, an important objective under this component, included strengthening the capability to:

    • organize and manage an effective and cost-effective, export-oriented SPS regime for Bangladesh; and
    • to provide guidance to the private sector to obtain and disseminate information on SPS measures, working in collaboration with the SPS enquiry point.



    • More than 30 senior decision-makers in SPS-relevant agencies upgraded their knowledge on how to organise and manage a cost-effective, export-oriented SPS regime for Bangladesh.
    • The SPS National Enquiry Point (NEP) is operational and works together with the private sector to disseminate information on technical requirements and track proposed SPS measures which can affect Bangladeshi exports.
    • Formation of the National SPS Committee which brings together all relevant stakeholders to deliberate on SPS issues of national interest and to advise the government on SPS issues of strategic importance to the economy.
    • Bangladesh’s capacity to disseminate information about the WTO Agreement on SPS for the business sector reinforced using ITC training material customized for the fisheries, horticulture and agro-processing sectors by a pool of six trained local trainers.
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    Khemraj Ramful

    Senior Adviser, Export Quality Management