The EAC Partner States of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, are knocking into shape a draft EAC Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Legal Framework and Measures. In a four-day regional stakeholders meeting held from 22nd to 25th August 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, Partner States Experts from Ministries of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Bureau of Standards, Plant Health Inspectorates, and Animal Resources critically reviewed and provided comments to improve and enrich the draft EAC SPS legal framework and the measures.
The meeting was also attended by officials from the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF), the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC), USAID Regional Economic Integration Office, the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, and EAC Secretariat officials.
Mr. Protase Echessah, the Senior Agricultural Trade Expert, USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub underscored the collaboration between Hub and the East African Community which seeks to increase the competitiveness of select regional agriculture value chains and facilitate investment and technology that drives trade growth intra-regionally and to global markets. It is under this context that the Hub is supporting EAC to develop a regulatory framework to operationalize the SPS Protocol. Read more. Source | East African Community