Lusaka, Monday, February 27, 2017: COMESA is spearheading studies to examine the actual costs of plant health measures that are in place in the region and how they can be reduced, without affecting the level of protection that they are designed to provide.

Acting Secretary General of COMESA Ambassador Kipyego Cheluget says some of the reasons why intra-regional trade is lower than it could be is because the costs of these non-tariff measures, including Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS) or biosecurity, are higher than they need be.

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