National Workshop on the Need to Include SPS and TBT Measures in PAFTA

ARAB FOOD SAFETY INITIATIVE FOR TRADE FACILITATION·WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2018 Following the success of a number of national workshops held in a number of Arab capitals on the importance of including sanitary and phyto-sanitary (SPS) measures and technical barriers to trade (TBT) in the Greater Arab Free Trade Area (PAFTA), the fourth workshop was held in Khartoum on the 22nd of October. It was arranged in cooperation between the Arab Economic Integration Department (AEID) under the league of Arab States (LAS) and the Arab Initiative for Food Safety and Trade Facilitation (SAFE), in collaboration with the Sudanese Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD).

Intense discussions took place in the workshop where all Sudanese SPS and TBT authorities were well-represented. Speakers were provided by the AEID, AOAD, SAFE, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Standardization Department as well as the Sudanese representatives in each of the Arab Task for on Food Safety (ATF) and the Arab Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC). Topics included the absence of SPS and TBT in the GAFTA, the latest developments in the GAFTA, cooperation between Sudan and SAFE on food safety and, Sudan’s involvement in regional SPS and TBT arrangements.

The workshop ended with several recommendations on the need to develop GAFTA SPS and TBT regimes including legal texts and specialized committees, the reinforcement of the GAFTA dispute settlement mechanism, support to Sudan in accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and enhancing Sudan’s involvement in regional SPS and TBT activities.