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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)
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