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Breakout sessions Outcome. Breakout Group: English. Rapporteur: Chenai Majuru. Impact originating from poor coordination. Poor information dissemination to stakeholders (private and public sector) Difficulties in developing and articulating country position on SPS issues

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Breakout group english
Breakout Group: English

Rapporteur: Chenai Majuru

Impact originating from poor coordination
Impact originating from poor coordination

  • Poor information dissemination to stakeholders (private and public sector)

  • Difficulties in developing and articulating country position on SPS issues

  • Inadequate implementation of the SPS Agreement

  • Duplication of efforts by several agencies – in a resource constrained environment

  • Lack of access to markets, rejection of goods at border

  • Foregone revenue

Causes of poor coordination
Causes of poor coordination

  • SPS issues not regarded as high priority

  • Lack of awareness of SPS obligations (private and public sector, incl. policy makers)

  • Limited participation of external stakeholders (ex. Industry associations)

  • Roles and functions not clearly defined among government agencies dealing with SPS issues (gaps & overlaps)

  • Lack of capacity to assess markets and undertake risk assessments

  • Lack of funding to run national SPS Committees

Solutions to improve coordination 1
Solutions to improve coordination (1)

  • Review of regulatory SPS frameworks

  • Clear articulation of SPS mandate among agencies

  • Governments to prioritize and allocate budget for SPS activities

  • Alignment of SPS meetings (national, international) to facilitate effective participation in various regional and international SPS fora

Solutions to improve coordination 2
Solutions to improve coordination (2)

  • Technical assistance to undertake risk and market assessment

  • Addressing gap between technical and policy level

  • Fostering political will to address SPS issues

  • Create SPS awareness among public and private sector

  • South-south co-operation on SPS issues (e.g. Twinning initiatives)

    *Note: Consider 6 recommendations from STDF study (which is to be finalized).

Who should be responsible for the implementation
Who should be responsible for the implementation?

  • National Governments

  • Relevant SPS Agencies (e.g. Bureau of Standards)

  • SPS Sub-committees (e.g. for animal health, plant health and food safety)

  • Regional Bodies (e.g. Regional Economic Communities)

  • WTO (technical assistance in conjunction with national & regional institutions)

  • STDF (financial and technical assistance)