The workshop on exit strategy for the national SPS Committee of Burkina Faso was held on 11th and 12th August 2014 at Hôtel des conférences ouind yidé in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Twenty seven members of the national SPS committee (NSPSC) of Burkina Faso and two representatives of AU-IBAR attended the workshop.
The opening ceremony was chaired by Mr. Lucien SAWADOGO, Director of Plant Health Services.
The presentation of the national SPS committee and the legal text taken by the government to official create and organize the SPS committee was made and commented in order to bring all members on the same level of information and understanding. The next step will be the nomination of the representatives in the committee.
Presentations on standard setting processes of OIE, IPPC and Codex were made by Officers from the Veterinary services, Plant health services and the Codex contact point and an Officer from the Ministry of Trade presented WTO and the SPS Agreement. It was clear from the participants that these three national organizations have their respective responsibilities and they need to work in synergy within the national SPS committee in collaboration with the private sector, the consumers' organizations, the academia and the research institutions.
AU-IBAR, in partnership with the Government of Burundi, organized a national workshop for the consolidation of the National SPS committee, in the scope of the PANSPSO project. The workshop was held on 8th and 9th July 2014 in Bujumbura, Burundi.
The National SPS Committee has been officially established in 2013 in Burundi, through the signature of a presidential decree.
The National SPS committee is functional and holds regular meeting, gathering representatives of stakeholders from both the public and private sector, involved in SPS related activities. The National SPS committee main objective is to improve coordination and consultation between the various actors of the SPS arena.
The meeting was attended by 25 participants from various public institutions and civil society organizations. It was officially opened by Madam Marie Rose NIZIGIYIMANA, Minister for Trade, Industry, Posts and tourism of the Republic of Burundi.
AU-IBAR, under the scope of the consolidation phase of the project Participation of African Nations in Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standard Setting Organizations (PANSPSO Phase 2), convened the fifth meeting for African National Codex Contact Points from 16th to 18th June 2014 in Nairobi to examine the proposed Codex standards and related texts submitted for adoption during the 37th Session the Codex Alimentarius Commission to take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 14th to 18th July 2014.
Of attendance were forty four African Delegates from Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome et Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Seychelles, South Africa, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. ECCAS, IGAD and SADC were the only regional economic communities represented. Of attendance were CCAFRICA Coordinator and EU.
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