Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Expert

COMESA seeks to create a vibrant and dynamic common market in which business will thrive and expand regionally and internationally. Through the Sanitary and Phytosanitary program, COMESA aims to enhance the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) capacity of the public and private sector of member states in order to gain and maintain regional and international market access for food and agricultural products. Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) capacity has various elements, and resides in both private and public organizations, as well as in their ability to work together. National Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) capacity also has a regional dimension, which defines activities/interventions of the COMESA Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) program, i.e, strengthening the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) capacities of member countries, in part through harmonizing Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) approaches and measures. Further, COMESA has developed regulations on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, which guide Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) harmonization activities and are currently under implementation. Similarly, the Tripartite Agreement includes an Annex on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures under Article 29(3), committing the three RECs to cooperate and implement programs to harmonize Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures and requirements. Key priorities have been identified under the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Annex to the Tripartite FTA Agreement, which the 3 RECs are committed to implement.

Furthermore, at the continental level, the CFTA Agreement has among protocols, one related to Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS). As COMESA is a building bloc of the African Union, it is expected from the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Expert to play a key role regarding the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) matters in advancing the continental free trade area.

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