Presentation on theme: "Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) A joint initiative in SPS capacity building and technical cooperation OIE Global Conference on Veterinary."— Presentation transcript:
Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) A joint initiative in SPS capacity building and technical cooperation OIE Global Conference on Veterinary Legislation 7-9 December 2010 (Djerba, Tunisia)
Benefits Facilitates trade in food and agricultural products higher incomes, employment, poverty reduction Higher production levels improved food security situation Improved public health less medical expenses, less working days lost, etc.
Key areas of STDF work Action oriented research and development of SPS guidance materials, tools, etc. Information exchange / awareness raising Project development Project grants
Examples Thematic events: –SPS-related Public-Private Partnerships, The Hague (Oct. 2010) –Economic analysis to inform SPS decision-making (Oct. 2009) –Good practice in SPS technical cooperation (Oct. 2008) Studies on regional and national SPS coordination mechanisms in Africa SPS indicators to measure performance of national SPS systems Use of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis to inform SPS decision-making
Information exchange / awareness raising STDF Working Group, SPS Committee, Codex/OIE/IPPC and participation in other external meetings Trading Safely Film Briefings Newsletters Other publications
Synergies with other initiatives Aid for Trade Enhanced Integrated Framework (40% target LDCs and OLICs) Regional development banks SPS-specific technical cooperation programmes, i.e. PAN-SPSO, BTSF Broader programmes with focus on agriculture, trade facilitation, etc.
Project development Project preparation grants (PPGs) $30,000 Application of SPS-related capacity evaluation tools –OIE PVS tool –FAO/WHO tool Strengthening national food control systems –FAO biosecurity tool –World Bank SPS action plans
Project grants Between US$ 150,000 and 600,000 Duration of 2 years or less Beneficiary contribution Focus on innovation, good practice (development of tools, methodologies, training materials and other information resources) Collaboration among partners (e.g. OIE, FAO, World Bank)
Good practice in SPS technical cooperation Ensure national ownership Consider the countrys context and absorptive capacity Carefully assess and prioritize needs Ensure activities are transparent, connected and in sequence Adopt a value chain approach to maximize trade impact Encourage public and private sector participation Be flexible during implementation Link the development of skills to practice Strengthen management capacity and manage for results Rigorously evaluate impact
What does this mean for funding applications? Should identify and address a genuine problem: Have all concerned stakeholders been consulted and engaged? Have capacity needs/gaps been assessed? What are the priorities? How does proposal fit into national development plans, strategies, etc.? What has already been done or is ongoing / planned? Where does it make most sense to allocate resources (costs and benefits)? Can resources be leveraged from elsewhere (including locally)?
Experiences and considerations for legislation projects Assessment of existing relevant legislation (incl. international/ regional obligations) and institutional framework Costs and benefits? Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA)? OIE Guidelines on Veterinary Legislation useful instrument in tailoring legislation to national circumstances Stakeholder consultation key in development process Focus on implementation / enforcement (staffing, training, facilities (labs), development of subsidiary legislation (rules, guidelines, forms/fees), public awareness campaign, etc.)
Conclusions Effective and efficient institutional and regulatory framework is key element of national SPS system and central in achieving good veterinary governance and One World One Health objectives Scope for collaboration and sharing of expertise (notably OIE, FAO, WB and others) Development of methodology / tools on drafting veterinary legislation / RIA (STDF)
For more information Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) World Trade Organization Centre William Rappard Rue de Lausanne 154 CH-1211 Geneva Switzerland STDFSecretariat@wto.org Melvin.Spreij@wto.org www.standardsfacility.org