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Tuesday, 09 September 2014

Addressing SPS issues in the SADC region

Regional Economic Integration Support (REIS) Programme, funded by the European Union, has been a catalyst for the rapid development of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) management in the region over the past fifteen months. Aimed at facilitating the improvement of trade in agricultural commodities within the region and internationally, fostering compliance with regional and international multilateral trade agreements and creating awareness of SPS measures amongst farmers and agro-food processors; the Programme is supporting meetings of the regional SPS Coordinating Committee (SADC SPS CC), the Livestock Technical Committee (LTC), the Plant Protection Technical Committee (PPTC) and the Food Safety Technical Committee (FSTC); and it is also facilitating workshops to raise awareness on SPS issues amongst food and agriculture stakeholders.

SADC’s approach to SPS management is based on provisions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on the Application of SPS measures (or the ‘WTO SPS Agreement’ for short) which are mirrored in the SPS Annex to the SADC Protocol on Trade.

Source: sadc.int