More training for public health officials
Public health officials are to receive further training this fiscal year in food safety and other related standards under the European Development Fund (EDF), Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and Capacity Building Project.
This is being done in a bid to increase awareness of international standards and technical requirements in the public sector, in relation to food safety as well as animal and plant health (phytosanitation).
A sum of $18.6 million has been allocated in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure to undertake this and other activities under the project, which aims to facilitate increased production and more diversified exports of agricultural and agro-processed products to the European Union (EU) market.
Other anticipated physical targets for the period include: funding the participation of officials in international fora (such as those organised by Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), World Organisation for Animal Health, and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC); and provide training for specific assessments on animal and plant health issues, including pest risk assessments and animal disease surveillance.
It is also intended to promote sensitisation and dialogue with the private sector on technical barriers to trade (TBT) and Sanitary PhytoSanitary (SPS) issues; and design, develop, and implement various educational and awareness programmes on SPS and TBT issues, in cooperation with meso-level organisations to help the private sector increase compliance and engagement in trade discussions.