Juan Esteban Aguirre Martínez, Ambassdor, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Paraguay to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva
FTAs not only provide a better environment for food trade between their parties. It also shows an opportunity for their parties to establish a new balance between food trade, food safety and fair competition. In this Session, the speakers will argue that removing new trade barriers through FTAs is the most cost effective way to help all firms (including SMEs, the actual participants of world trade) conduct their international business and help consumers (the affected groups) have access to safe foods. However, currently the various import inspections, the certification requirements and the lack of coordinated consumer protection against unfair food practices continue to impact food exports, especially by SMEs. Further coordination in food trade and food safety regulations can enhance trade opportunities for SMEs and at the same time to ensure food safety and fair competition. This is of high importance to enhance the inclusiveness of trade in food.