Standards and Export Competitiveness

Start: Aug 21, 2023
End: Sep 1, 2023
Venue: Dubai - UAE
Duration: 2 weeks
Start: May 20, 2024
End: May 31, 2024
Venue: ESAMI Headquarters - Arusha - TANZANIA
Duration: 2 weeks
Statement of Need

Global trade in food and feed crops has accelerated over the period. Statistics have shown that over the years Agricultural trade increased by a factor of eight. However, at the regional level, only the Americas (North and Latin America) have a bigger share in exports of agricultural and food products, whereas the other major regions, especially Africa share of agricultural exports is very small, partly due to failure to comply with standards.
Standards and conformity assessment have crucial underlying goals: not least, ensuring consumer safety and helping protect the environment. At the same time, businesses and governments around the world are
concerned that behind-the-border measures such as product standards can have downsides for market access and international trade. Indeed, such measures, together with Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS), are often cited as major obstacles to trade, even ahead of tariffs. Consequently, this programme provides an in-depth analysis of the Multilateral trading system and trade facilitation, trends in agricultural trade and standards, the role of standards and SPS in agricultural and food trade, Standards facilitation at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels; establishment of standards for international agricultural trade; accreditation, public and private standards. The programme uses case studies involving African Countries and Regional economic communities from African.

Who Attends

The programme is designed for policymakers, standards officers, technocrats and researchers involved in agricultural trade, and private industry captains involved in agricultural trade.

How participants will benefit

At the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking skills to analyze complex trade-related issues, evaluate different perspectives, and identify potential implications and consequences;
  • Critically evaluate the WTO Agreements on Standards, Agriculture and Trade Facilitation;
  • Identify areas where adjustments in agricultural policy and regulatory frameworks are needed to comply with the relevant standards;
  • Demonstrate a deeper understanding of the impact of private food safety standards on trade in agricultural products;
  • Critically examine the relationship between the SPS Agreement and the TFA.