INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT TO CONDUCT CAPACITY BUILDING OF FISH TRADERS AND SPS/TBT BORDER REGULATORY AUTHORITIES ON SELF REGULATION AND RISK-BASED APPROACHES TO REGULATION

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INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT TO CONDUCT CAPACITY BUILDING OF FISH TRADERS AND SPS/TBT BORDER REGULATORY AUTHORITIES ON SELF REGULATION AND RISK-BASED APPROACHES TO REGULATION

COMESA recognizes the importance of small-scale cross border trade, and Informal Cross Border Trade (ICBT), and has developed several policies and mechanisms to facilitate it, including the Simplified Trade Regime (STR) and the COMESA Green Pass (GP).

Under the Cross-Border Trade Project, the SPS/TBT component of the project focuses on overcoming bottlenecks in intra-regional trade by applying these existing trade facilitation instruments. COMESA has developed the Green Pass, – a certification system meant to support trade in agricultural commodities – which is currently under implementation. The Green Pass is a risk-based certification system to specific SPS requirements meant to facilitate and simplify trade for Small Scale Cross Border Traders under the COMESA Simplified Trade Regime (STR). It is being piloted on dried/salted fish originating from Luangwa District of Zambia which is traded across several borders, including DR Congo through Kasumbalesa border post.

Several activities are foreseen in order to facilitate pilot implementation of the Green Pass Certification initiative, including the following:

  1. Capacity building of stakeholders along the fish value chain, including fish farmers; fish traders (associations/cooperatives); SPS/TBT Agencies and CBTOs/TIDOs on self-regulation/co-regulation model.
  2. Capacity building of Regulatory Authorities’ at the borders for district level personnel (Ministries of Health, Agriculture/Fisheries and District Council/Local Authority) on risk-based approaches to regulation.
  3. Design and development of a manual on self-regulation and standard operating procedures (SoPs) for fish traders for their daily reference and use, and translated into local languages
  4. Design and development of the Green Pass Certificate and GP label for affixing on verified consignments as proof of compliance to requirements

Analytical work from studies conducted by COMESA under the STDF funded Breaking Barriers Facilitating Trade Project as well as under the AfDB funded Tripartite project on Border Assessments reveal that current SPS/TBT practices at most borders in the region are perceived by scale cross border traders as being unpredictive in nature who then resort to using informal routes. In addition, food safety issues surrounding the Luangwa fish came to the fore a few years ago relating to the use of unsafe products for preservation of the fish.by fish farmers and traders. The GP has been planned for pilot implementation in this region in response to these key challenges.

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