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The role of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) standards in trade

Compliance with SPS standards and market requirements can be an important factor for competitiveness of exporters, especially for fresh produce. Tightening SPS requirements offer opportunities as well as threats and tends to accentuate existing competitive weaknesses. Present developing-country support for capacity building for managing SPS standards is biased toward "firefighting". Needs for pro-active improvement of capacities are insufficiently met.
This training session presented the research carried by the Bank on the cost of compliance and capacity building for SPS-management by the public and private sectors. It had four aims. First, to improve our understanding of the SPS challenges and opportunities associated with the food and agricultural trade of developing countries. Second, to disscuss strategies employed by the public and private sectors to comply with international agro-food standards. Third, to present costs and benefits of compliance. And fourth, to provide Bank staff with directions for capacity-building efforts in Bank projects.

The related training course “Changing food markets” discusses market changes that provide the framework in which Sanitary and Phytosanitary requirements have to be managed.

Agenda, 6 April, 2005
12:15 - 5:00 p.m.

Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary requirements in International Trade, Steven Jaffee, Senior Economist, PRMTR, World Bank

Strategic Responses by Developing Countries (pdf - 305k), Steven Jaffee, Senior Economist, PRMTR, World Bank

Private Sector Protocols and Small Holder Market Access, (pdf - 35k), Kees van der Meer, Senior Rural Development Specialist, ARD, World Bank and Ismael Ouedraogo, Senior Agriculture Specialist, AFTS4, World Bank  

The need for SPS Capacity Building (pdf - 48k), Kees van der Meer, Senior Rural Development Specialist, ARD, World Bank

The Way Forward (ppt - 51k) , Sushma Ganguly, Sector Manager, ARD, World Bank