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200 delegates participated in the workshop on tools for evaluating
developing countries’ capacity to meet international sanitary and
phytosanitary (SPS) standards, organized by the Standards and Trade
Development Faciltiy (STDF), a multi-agency initiative set up to help
developing countries in this area.
The workshop looked at 10 different tools for evaluating developing
countries’ capacity to meet SPS standards. These have been developed by
various international organizations and include tools designed for specific
sectors and those that apply more broadly to food safety and animal and
Participants generally agreed that they would try to ensure different
approaches are able to work together more effectively, while at the same
time allowing the approaches to be adapted to the specific needs of
countries receiving assistance.
The workshop concluded that a large amount of data is being created, but it
is not being compiled and shared well enough. With the focus on tools for
evaluating countries’ capacity to meet standards, the workshop also
concluded that the evaluations themselves should be monitored more carefully
to see how effective they are at producing results such as additional
funding or improved food safety or animal or plant health.
The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) is a joint initiative of
the World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, World Bank, World
Organization for Animal Health and Food and Agriculture Organization. The
facility acts as a forum for sharing information on past, present and
planned technical co-operation activities related to sanitary and
phytosanitary (SPS) measures. It also provides grant financing for projects
and for the preparation of projects aiming to enhance developing countries’
capacity to meet SPS standards.
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