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Friday, 14 May 2010

Benin is now a permanent supplier of fishery products'

Mr. Gnitassoun Dénagnon, Head of Monitoring and Control of Fishing Products and Industry, Directorate of Fisheries – Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, in Benin, about his experience with the EPA.Benin has used the TRACES system to certify fishery products intended for the EU since September 2009. Our country is one of only three African countries to use the European electronic system of export control for goods of animal origin.'My involvement in the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) entails the supervision and certification of fishery products for exportation. My direct experience began in September 2002 and focused on the compliance of the entire fish production system – primary production, handling, transport and the processing of products – with various EU directives and regulations. This exercise has been very positive and, as of January 1st 2010, Benin has been included on the permanent list of countries supplying the EU market with fishery products. Benin has used the TRACES system to certify fishery products intended for the EU since September 2009, and our country is one of only three African countries to use the European electronic system of export control for goods of animal origin. Trade is an important factor for boosting development as it creates jobs through the production and transformation processes, contributes to poverty reduction and increases foreign exchange within the country. In my opinion, the EPA will have a positive impact on my country and especially on our Directorate of Fisheries.'

Source: European Commission