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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.)
  • 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

Standards and Trade

Development Facility (STDF)

World Trade Organization

Centre William Rappard

Rue de Lausanne 154

CH-1211 Geneva