Experts underscore need for collaborations to improve food safety, intra-African trade

AFRICA – The 2021 Shaping a World of Trust virtual business conversation, hosted by Bureau Veritas Africa, has emphasized the need for collaboration between government, companies and customers if Africa is to meet sustainability goals, ensure food safety,  and improve intra-African trade. The Executive Food Safety Initiative (FSI) at the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA), Matlou Stati, highlighted that collaboration across a wide range of public and private sector stakeholders, including those representing consumers, was a key element of the functioning of the FSI. The FSI collaborates closely…

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Nigeria risks surge in substandard products as AfCFTA implementation commences

NIGERIA – Nigeria may be at risk of becoming a hub for substandard products especially with the commencement of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), which has opened more doors for goods within Africa to come into the country. For years, one of the major regulators of standards in the country, the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has been ejected from Nigerian seaports. The Federal government in 2012 banned SON from carrying out the inspection of products that come into the country at the ports, giving reasons that the…

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Tanzania builds on AfCFTA membership, ratifies trade deal

TANZANIA – Tanzania has joined the list of 37 countries which have ratified the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) that seeks to boost intra-African Trade. Minister of Industry and Trade, Kitila Mkumbo, made the announcement via Twitter, noting the country has joined a market of 1.2 billion customers. AfCTA was first opened for signing in April 2018 but came into application in 2019 after the requisite minimum of 21 of the 55 member states ratified it. Tanzania had not formally joined although former President John Magufuli signed on…

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Industry enthusiasts converse on Regulating Quality & Food Safety in Africa to boost Regional Trade

AFRICA – Africa has a big domestic market that possesses significant opportunities. Currently, Africa accounts for 2.9 per cent of the world production and 2.6 per cent of the world trade according to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) statistics. Connoisseurs from various African countries converged at the virtual Africa Food Safety & Quality summit to deliberate on how to boost food safety and quality and enhance InterAfrican Trade through regulatory measures. The panel comprised of, Kema Benedicta Ashibuogwu (PMJF, NLCF), Head, QMS ,Food Safety and Applied Nutrition…

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Rwanda stumps for harmonization of standards among African countries

RWANDA – The government of Rwanda through the Minister for Trade and Industry, has called for harmonization of standards to cement bilateral relations among the African countries, for increased intra-African trade, at the opening of a two-day meeting of the council for the African Organization for Standardization (ARSO). ARSO is a pan-African framework that seeks to harmonize African standards, conformity assessment and procedures in order to reduce technical barriers to trade with a view to promote intra-African trade, industrialization and international trade. Béata Habyarimana, the trade minister has warned that…

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