Biosecurity and Trade

Biosecurity is a strategic and integrated approach to analyzing and managing relevant risks to human, animal and plant life and health and associated risks to the environment. Interest in biosecurity has risen considerably over the last decade in parallel with increasing trade in food, plant and animal products, more international travel, new outbreaks of transboundary disease affecting animals, plants and people, heightened awareness of biological diversity and greater attention to the environment and the impact of agriculture on environmental sustainability.

Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTSs) need to position themselves to take advantage of trading opportunities, while protecting their natural resource base from potential risks.
PICTs participate to discuss draft International Standards on Phytosanitary Measures
Monday, 07 November 2011 08:20

The workshop is part of the FAO International Plant Protection Convenction where contracting parties are required to make comments on drafts that will become new International Standards Phytosanitary Measures if approved by the next sitting of the Commission on Phytsanitary Measures in March 2012. Countries that participated included; American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam. Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu. The Pacific Plant Protection Organisation hosted the meeting through SPC Land Resources Division. The workshop was funded by the PHAMA Project. , In opening the workshop, the Director of Lands Resources Division of SPC, Mr. Inoke Ratukalou, acknowledged the funding assistance by the Government of Australia which made the meeting possible.  Mr. Inoke Ratukalou, encouraged constructive dialogue between IPPC and the region and the between countries for the results will not only improve the quality of the draft standards but also lead to wider understanding  and implementation of the standards.

The Director further accentuated the significance of the workshop to Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) in enhancing national and regional relationship with international standard setting bodies such as the IPPC and World Trade Organization (WTO) and to maximize the opportunity in having to contribute constructively and effectively to such international standard setting process.

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