Ahmad Mukhtar, Economist, Trade and Food Security, FAO Liaison Office with the United Nations in Geneva
Historically, fish is the most traded food animal protein worldwide in value terms. World trade flow in fisheries and fisheries products shows a consistent upward trend making it one of the most-traded food commodities today.
The session will present an overview of trade in fisheries and fisheries products, together with associated current existing rules and trends in connection with applicable standards, sanitary and technical issues for the sector. The session will also explore how the existing regulatory framework under the WTO regime could contribute to setting up a trading system that is transparent and encompass basic conditions for a more inclusive trade. The session will specifically focus on the key problems faced by SMEs in accessing international markets, as well as how capacity building programmes, best practices and voluntary codes could positively contribute to providing the necessary foundation to expand and to create market opportunities for stakeholders.