The SAFE project entails different initiatives, out of which the Codex Initiative and the Assessment of national food control systems initiative which are the two main components for implementation of which the FAO is providing technical support within the UNJP/RNE/010/UID cooperation project signed between FAO and UNIDO.
Effective coordination and raising the level of Arab participation in Codex work was identified as one of the main priority work areas of the SAFE project and the main objective of the Arab Codex Initiative is to enhance the contribution of Arab Food Safety competent authorities in the food safety international standard setting framework (Codex proceedings), in a manner that:
Enhances the contribution of Arab countries in the activities of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC);
Strengthens regional communications and coordination among member countries in the activities of CAC;
Promotes the development and/or review of Codex standards and related texts taking into account regional situations and needs;
Strengthens capacities of Codex Contact Points (CCPs) and/or National Codex Committees (NCCs).
According to the work plan set for the Codex Initiative, FAO is supporting the implementation of three regional training workshops and three trainings in selected countries.
The SAFE governance mechanism identified 5 countries: Egypt, Kuwait, Libya, Sudan and Yemen to benefit from the country-level Codex capacity building workshops and the present training workshop is the 2nd one among the three national workshops planned for this year.
The objective of the workshop was to introduce and explain Codex procedures to 30 participants from different competent authorities dealing with food control in Libya aiming to increase their knowledge on Codex Alimentarius as an international food safety standard-setting body and contribute to engaging a participatory multi-stakeholders Codex-related process at country level.
The workshop resulted with the following two outcomes:
Validation of six Regional Codex guides previously drafted by members of the Codex Initiative; and
Improved knowledge and skills on how to work effectively in Codex at national, regional and global level, using the jointly developed Codex guides.