EAC kicks off harmonization of standards to promote regional trade

EAST AFRICA – The implementation of the harmonized East African Community (EAC) framework has begun, intending to simplify cross-border trade in pre-packaged foods. To encourage intra-EAC trade among the partner states, the framework encourages the adoption of a single standard, certification quality mark, and conformity assessment procedure in the registration, approval, certification, and clearance of pre-packaged food goods. South Sudan,…

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FAO underscores significance of food safety in improving cross-border trade

EAST AFRICA – Representatives drawn from various sectors in East Africa have been trained on Food Safety and Coordination on Border Regulations towards improving the safe trade of agro-food commodities in the region. The Eastern Africa (EA) Subregional Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority (NCTTCA) jointly sponsored the training…

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East African States urged to fast-track harmonization of standards

EAST AFRICA – To promote commerce in the region, private sector players have encouraged East African States to expedite the harmonization of East African Standards. The stakeholders stated the action will considerably boost intra-regional trade, competitiveness, consumer and environmental protection, and overall trade facilitation, during a weekend meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Research indicates that standardization has boosted intra-trade…

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Bureau Veritas’ Cyprian Kabbis to speak at Africa Food Safety Summit

EASTERN AFRICA – Cyprian Kabbis, the District Chief Executive Office at Bureau Veritas, has been confirmed as one of the key speakers at the upcoming Africa Food Safety Summit. Kabbis has over 29 years cross functional experience in Technical and Strategic Business Management within the Testing, Inspection & Certification (TIC) Industry as well as Manufacturing Sectors. He has previously held…

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East African Standards Committee root for harmonization of standards to facilitate regional trade

EAST AFRICA – The East African Standards Committee (EASC) has during their 24th three-day meeting rooted for the harmonization of standards and elimination of barriers to allow goods and services to freely move within the region. The meeting was attended by region’s National Standards Bodies Chief Executives aiming in facilitating trade within the East African Community (EAC) member states. Representing…

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FAO partners with International Livestock Research Institute to better equip food safety professionals

EAST AFRICA – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in partnership with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), are working on long-term strategies to alleviate the skills gap among food safety professionals. A skilled workforce of food safety professionals familiar with the challenges, opportunities and regulatory frameworks of a country are essential to improve food safety, increase domestic and international…

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Diagnostic experts trained to detect invasive Mango Mealy-bug pest

EASTERN AFRICA – The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), regulatory agency responsible for assurance on the quality of agriculture inputs and produce, are training 18 diagnostic experts from the nine countries that comprise the FAO Eastern Africa sub-region, to detect a new invasive mealy-bug pest that has arrived in the Eastern Africa sub region, called the Mango Mealy- bug.…

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