The EAC Quality for Trade Platform is a one-stop shop providing information about quality regulations, standards and buyer requirement. The platform offers quality-related guidance about a set of products in select markets, based on mandatory legal requirements, key standards or preferences in the market. The user-friendly portal was designed for the benefit of SMEs, quality- related service providers, quality experts and quality learners.
Additionally, the platform gives an opportunity to connect with relevant institutions and individuals, seek pathways to improvements and gain insights from peers. The Platform consists of four modules, Quality Compass, Quality Connect, Quality Insights and Quality Success.
The Quality Compass was launched during the EAC Coffee Business Forum in Mombasa in February 2020. It offers users guidance on quality-related issues for specific products in selected markets. The Quality Connect is the second module, launched in June 2020. The interactive module connects the regional network of quality experts, including the Quality Champions trained under the MARKUP programme. Institutional and individual quality experts from across the region were available to offer help, insights and quality-related services specific to selected commodities.
Other modules will be launched throughout 2020.
The International Trade Centre (ITC) developed this platform under MARKUP with the support of the EU in collaboration with the EAC Secretariat.