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SANITARY & PHYTOSANITARY MEASURES: WORKSHOP Ś 14-18 OCTOBER 2013

Workshop on SPS-related Market Access Challenges and Opportunities

The Secretariat of the World Trade Organization organized a special workshop on market access challenges and opportunities related to sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS, ie, food safety and animal and plant health), at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday 14 October 2013. The workshop was followed by training sessions with the participants of the 2013 advanced SPS course on Tuesday 15 October, and by informal and formal meetings of the SPS Committee, from Wednesday 16 October until Thursday 17 October.

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The WTO, with the financial assistance of the Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund, sponsored the participation of 46 government officials from developing countries that are members and observers of the WTO. Participants were former trainees in the WTO’s advanced SPS course for officials.

The workshop was highly interactive, focusing particularly on the participants’ and other speakers’ experiences in addressing specific market access challenges arising from SPS measures. This enabled them to identify common elements and the lessons learned.

Programme

10.00–10.30

Workshop overview and objectives
Ms Gretchen H. STANTON
Secretary of the SPS Committee, WTO Secretariat

 

10.30–13.00

Session 1: Different Government Roles in Enhancing SPS-related Market Access

This session started with an excerpt from the STDF Video “Trading safely: Protecting health, promoting development” and a presentation of a study about Benin’s self-imposed shrimp export suspension from July 2003 to February 2005. Thereafter, government officials presented, through practical case stories, how they have addressed SPS-related market access challenges in their work. OIE and IPPC provided an overview of their resources available to assist Members with market access challenges. The session aimed to identify factors that are essential in creating and enhancing market access (such as alignment and common objectives within the government), and to illustrate how individual actions can make a difference in this respect.

Moderator: Ms Carol THOMAS

Agricultural Health and Food Safety Specialist, IICA, Barbados

Speakers:

Mr Romain HOUSSA
Associate Professor of Economics, University of Namur, Belgium
The unintended consequence of an export ban: Evidence from Benin’s shrimp sector
Presentation
Paper

Ms Clarisse Yvonne MAHARAVO RAHANTAMALALA
Manager, International Trade in Agricultural Products, Ministry of Agriculture, Madagascar
The role of an SPS negotiator in enhancing market access for Madagascar’s agricultural products: Lifting of the EU import ban on products of animal origin

Mr Tsewei CHEN
Section Chief, Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Chinese Taipei
Cooperation between different government agencies to support the export of orchids

Mr Hernan ZETINA
Plant Health Officer, Agricultural Health Authority, Belize
Coordination and partnerships — Best approaches for market access

Ms Ana PERALTA
Capacity Building Officer, IPPC
Phytosanitary aspects of market access: A guide for national plant protection organizations
Presentation

Dr Masatsugu OKITA
Chargé de mission, OIE
Using OIE standards to enable market access

 

15.00–16.45

Session 2: The Role of Collaboration between the Public and Private Sectors in Enhancing SPS-related Market Access

Speakers in this session explored, through practical case stories, the role that partnerships between government agencies and the private sector can play in facilitating market access. The session gave different points of view on the drivers behind such partnerships, various partnership modalities, scopes, objectives, challenges faced and lessons learned. On the basis of discussions, the session aimed to identify some of the key characteristics of successful partnership arrangements.

Moderator: Mr Fitzroy WHITE
Senior Plant Quarantine Officer/SPS Enquiry Point, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Jamaica

Speakers:

Ms Marianna THEYSE
General Manager, Fresh Produce Importers Association (FPIA), South Africa
A public-private partnership approach towards enhancing market access opportunities in the Republic of South Africa for COMESA horticulture exporters

Ms Velia Luz ARRIAGADA RÍOS
Policy analyst, Agriculture and Livestock Service, Chile
Market access and collaboration between the public and private sectors

Mr Washington OTIENO
Regional Coordinator, Plantwise Programme, CABI, Kenya
Role of public-private partnership in SPS compliance for maintaining export markets: Lessons learnt from the horticulture sector in Kenya

Ms Subhodini PILLARISETTI
Assistant Director of Agriculture, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India
Creating awareness among farmers about Sudan red dye and aflatoxins in chilli exports

 

16.45–17.45

Session 3: The Role of Technical Co-operation in Enhancing SPS-related Market Access

Speakers in this session presented, through practical case stories, how technical cooperation projects can contribute to creating and enhancing SPS-related market access. The session discussed different project modalities, the development partners involved, project outputs, etc., with a view to identifying factors in SPS capacity needs assessment, project design and implementation that both recipients and providers should take into account to optimize the projects’ market access impact.

Moderator: Mr Melvin SPREIJ
Secretary of the STDF

Speakers:

Ms Siham DAHER
Expert in Agriculture and Food Safety, Ministry of Economy & Trade, Lebanon
EU technical assistance: Analysis of veterinary drug residues in imported and exported veterinary food products

Mr Shree Ram ADHIKARI
Veterinary Officer, SPS National Enquiry Point, Department of Food Technology and Quality Control, Nepal
Nepal ginger competitiveness project and SPS challenges

Ms Delilah CABB
Coordinator, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Enquiry Point, Agricultural Health Authority, Belize
Belize’s experiences in using Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) to identify and prioritize SPS investment options

 

17.45–18.00

Closing remarks and wrap-up of the workshop

Mr João MAGALHÃES
Consultant, former WTO official
Initiator and Coach of the Advanced SPS Courses 2005–2012 (courses held in English, French and Spanish)

Mr Kevin WALKER
Consultant, Michigan State University, United States
Coach of the Advanced SPS Courses 2005, 2006, 2008–2011 (courses held in English and Spanish)

Ms Gretchen H. STANTON
Secretary of the SPS Committee, WTO Secretariat

   
   
   
   

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