WTO partners with COMESA to enhance market access of commodities in the regional

COMESA – The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has partnered with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to harmonise standards with a view of increasing market access of agricultural produce in the region. This follows the launch of a new capacity building project to mainstream sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) priorities into national policies. The project dubbed ‘Mainstreaming SPS capacity building into the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and other National Policy Frameworks to Enhance Market Access’ will be implemented in five countries under the bloc. The…

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International agencies call for joint cooperation to boost food safety

ETHIOPIA – World leaders during the recently held First International Food Safety in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia called for increased international cooperation to boost food safety as an integral aspect of sustainable development. The conference was organised by the African Union (AU), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The conference, which attracted representatives from around 130 countries, was aimed at identifying the key actions that must be taken to ensure safe food, with a focus on teamwork among higher political…

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