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Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF). A joint initiative in SPS capacity building and technical cooperation. OIE Global Conference on Veterinary Legislation 7-9 December 2010 (Djerba, Tunisia). Benefits.

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Standards and trade development facility stdf
Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF)

A joint initiative in SPS capacity building and technical cooperation

OIE Global Conference on Veterinary Legislation

7-9 December 2010 (Djerba, Tunisia)


  • Facilitates trade in food and agricultural products → higher incomes, employment, poverty reduction

  • Higher production levels → improved food security situation

  • Improved public health → less medical expenses, less working days lost, etc.

Key areas of stdf work
Key areas of STDF work

  • Action oriented research and development of SPS guidance materials, tools, etc.

  • Information exchange / awareness raising

  • Project development

  • Project grants


  • Thematic events:

    • SPS-related Public-Private Partnerships, The Hague (Oct. 2010)

    • Economic analysis to inform SPS decision-making (Oct. 2009)

    • Good practice in SPS technical cooperation (Oct. 2008)

  • Studies on regional and national SPS coordination mechanisms in Africa

  • SPS indicators to measure performance of national SPS systems

  • Use of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis to inform SPS decision-making

Information exchange awareness raising
Information exchange / awareness raising

  • STDF Working Group, SPS Committee, Codex/OIE/IPPC and participation in other external meetings

  • “Trading Safely” Film

  • Briefings

  • Newsletters

  • Other publications

Synergies with other initiatives
Synergies with other initiatives

  • Aid for Trade

  • Enhanced Integrated Framework (40% target LDCs and OLICs)

  • Regional development banks

  • SPS-specific technical cooperation programmes, i.e. PAN-SPSO, BTSF

  • Broader programmes with focus on agriculture, trade facilitation, etc.

Project development
Project development

  • Project preparation grants (PPGs) ≤ $30,000

  • Application of SPS-related capacity evaluation tools

    • OIE PVS tool

    • FAO/WHO tool “Strengthening national food control systems”

    • FAO biosecurity tool

    • World Bank SPS action plans

Project grants
Project grants

  • Between US$ 150,000 and 600,000

  • Duration of 2 years or less

  • Beneficiary contribution

  • Focus on innovation, good practice (development of tools, methodologies, training materials and other information resources)

  • Collaboration among partners (e.g. OIE, FAO, World Bank)

Good practice in sps technical cooperation
Good practice in SPS technical cooperation

  • Ensure national ownership

  • Consider the country’s context and absorptive capacity

  • Carefully assess and prioritize needs

  • Ensure activities are transparent, connected and in sequence

  • Adopt a value chain approach to maximize trade impact

  • Encourage public and private sector participation

  • Be flexible during implementation

  • Link the development of skills to practice

  • Strengthen management capacity and manage for results

  • Rigorously evaluate impact

What does this mean for funding applications
What does this mean for funding applications?

Should identify and address a genuine problem:

  • Have all concerned stakeholders been consulted and engaged?

  • Have capacity needs/gaps been assessed?

  • What are the priorities? How does proposal fit into national development plans, strategies, etc.?

  • What has already been done or is ongoing / planned?

  • Where does it make most sense to allocate resources (costs and benefits)?

  • Can resources be leveraged from elsewhere (including locally)?

Experiences and considerations for legislation projects
Experiences and considerations for “legislation” projects

  • Assessment of existing relevant legislation (incl. international/ regional obligations) and institutional framework

  • Costs and benefits? → Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA)?

  • OIE Guidelines on Veterinary Legislation useful instrument in tailoring legislation to national circumstances

  • Stakeholder consultation key in development process

  • Focus on implementation / enforcement (staffing, training, facilities (labs), development of subsidiary legislation (rules, guidelines, forms/fees), public awareness campaign, etc.)

Conclusions projects

  • Effective and efficient institutional and regulatory framework is key element of national SPS system and central in achieving good veterinary governance and “One World One Health” objectives

  • Scope for collaboration and sharing of expertise (notably OIE, FAO, WB and others)

  • Development of methodology / tools on drafting veterinary legislation / RIA (STDF)

For more information
For more information projects

Standards and Trade

Development Facility (STDF)

World Trade Organization

Centre William Rappard

Rue de Lausanne 154

CH-1211 Geneva


[email protected]

[email protected]