November 29, 2012
Virginia Brown, director of USAID’s Office of Trade and Regulatory Reform announces a new US-sponsored assistance facility called the Standards Alliance to help build capacity among developing countries to improve implementation of the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement (TBT). Ms. Brown is in Geneva as a part of the U.S. Delegation to the WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade led by head of delegation Julia Doherty from USTR . Standards and technical regulations are critical to global trade. The new Standards Alliance is designed to help improve export competitiveness for developing countries and facilitate trade flows.