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WTO –SPS and TBT MEETING South Africa Experience 29 TH -30 OCTOBER 2003 M E MOGAJANE Assistant Director General: National Regulatory Services National.

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1 WTO –SPS and TBT MEETING South Africa Experience 29 TH -30 OCTOBER 2003 M E MOGAJANE Assistant Director General: National Regulatory Services National Department of Agriculture Pretoria South Africa

2 SOUTH AFRICAN PROVINCES Northern Province Gauteng Mpumalanga Western Cape North West Kwa Zulu Natal Free State Eastern Cape Northern Cape

3 NATIONAL ENQUIRY POINT Located under branch agricultural economics and business development Programme: Trade and business development Technical people under branch agricultural production and resource management Programme: National Regulatory Services (NRS) No follow up

4 NeP and NNA Same Agriculture SPS committee –Health, trade etc –Operate outside trade forum Agricultural trade forum Questions not answered by NeP

5 Challenges Too many meetings –not well coordinated Sufficient resources Co-ordination with mission Co-ordination with provinces

6 NATIONAL ENQUIRY POINT Transferred information to NRS NRS –Animal health –Plant health –Food safety and quality assurance –Genetic resources management –SA quarantine and inspection services Units/directorates formulate a response-Unit of International trade- DG approval –Submission to WTO via SA permanent mission in Geneva

7 SPS and TBT MEETINGS Exposure for Directors under NRS was done Later on attended by mission in Geneva –Technical analysis –Impact on national legislation –Feedback received late

8 FUTURE National Regulatory Services –entry point –Plant health (Ms A Baxter) –Animal health (Dr M Modisane) –Genetic resources management (Mr P Lekala) –Food Safety and quality assurance ( Mr A Serumula and Dr B Ntshabele) SPS and TBT committee – Health, DTI DEAT through SABS) Agricultural trade forum Industry entry points

9 STRENGTHENING OUR CAPACITY 2 Persons per unit trained within the next 2 years Expose contact points in provinces for the next 3 years Expose industry contact points for the next 3 years

10 STARDARD SETTING BODIES Same entry point will be used for as contact points Attend meetings of standard setting bodies Identify people to support them

11 EXPANSION SACU- South African custom union SADC –South African development community

12 RECOMMENDATIONS TO SPS and TBT OF WTO Dates be given at the beginning of the year- approval in advance 1 month before the meeting - Agenda Proper analysis and consultation Information available as to how the delegation should look like Formulate proper responses Meetings –IPPC,OIE, Codex

13 FINALLY Gerda van Dyk SPS


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