sanitary & phytosanitary measures
Thematic SPS workshop on transparency
Virtual + WTO 20/06/2022 - 10:00–16:30 Recording
The Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) organized a half-day workshop on transparency on 20 June 2022. The workshop was held in hybrid format, with interpretation in the three working languages of the WTO. There were around 30 participants attending in person and over 200 connections on Zoom worldwide. In addition to the workshop, a “notifications clinic” targeted to SPS notification authorities and enquiry points was held virtually via Zoom on the afternoon of 20 June 2022, with over 150 connections.
The workshop covered the transparency provisions of the SPS Agreement, ongoing transparency related work in the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), WTO online tools and sources of SPS information, and presented in detail the functionalities of the new ePing SPS&TBT Platform, which went live in March 2022, and was officially launched on 13 July 2022 (see news item here). Participants also learned about the use of ePing in Viet Nam as part of an International Trade Centre (ITC) project.
The final programme and report are contained in G/SPS/GEN/2015/Rev.1 and G/SPS/R/106, respectively. Interpretation was provided in English, French, and Spanish for both the workshop and the “notifications clinic”.
WORKSHOP ON TRANSPARENCY – PROGRAMME - (10:00–13:00)
Mr Juteau Déadjufo Toussé
Chairperson of the SPS Committee
Session 1: Introduction
Overview of the transparency provisions of the SPS Agreement and of relevant Committee/Ministerial Decisions
Mr Rolando Alcalá
Session 2: Transparency work in the TBT Committee
Ongoing transparency-related work in the TBT Committee
Ms Serra Ayral
Session 3: WTO tools and sources of SPS information
Documents Online; ePing SPS&TBT Platform; eAgenda; Trade Concerns Database
Ms Nazia Mohammed
Session 4: Overview of the new ePing SPS&TBT Platform
Introduction to the new ePing SPS&TBT Platform; overview of the notification submission and the outreach/communication functions, among others.
Mr Rolando Alcalá and Ms Carmina Báez
Session 5: Sharing of experiences related to the use of the new ePing SPS&TBT Platform
Experiences and other initiatives related to the use of the new ePing SPS&TBT Platform, in particular, the use of the outreach and communication functions in national and international fora (e.g. sharing of information on notifications, i.e. comments, unofficial translations, etc.).
Mr Vianney Lesaffre
International Trade Centre (ITC)
Closing remarks by Mr Juteau Déadjufo Toussé, Chairperson of the SPS Committee
NOTIFICATIONS CLINIC - (15:00–16:30)
"Notifications clinic" dedicated to the notification submission functions of the new ePing SPS&TBT Platform
This session targets SPS notification authorities and enquiry points or other officials involved in completing and submitting notifications. It will afford them the possibility to address any concerns on the use of the notification submission functionalities of the new ePing SPS&TBT Platform
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