FAO support to COMESA trade facilitation programme (GCP/INT/387/COM)
Budget: USD 2,803,069 (total), USD 800,000 (phytosanitary matters) Start: December 2018 End: May 2024
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a free trade area which comprises 21 Countries (Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, D.R. Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Somalia, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe). More information is available on https://www.comesa.int/. The project is implemented by the COMESA Secretariat and funded by the European Union.
The FAO has set up a project to support trade facilitation within the COMESA region. The IPPC Secretariat oversees the phytosanitary component of the project, which includes the following activities:
Outputs delivered for the period 2018 - 2022
The project “FAO support to COMESA trade facilitation programme” was designed to be implemented from 2018 – 2022, with the project end anticipated to May 2022. The IPPC Secretariat conducted several sub-activities organized as a system and interconnected with each other to cover the overall work plan. Some of the outstanding outputs include, but are not limited to: four e-Learning courses covering subjects such as pest risk analysis (PRA), phytosanitary export certification system, surveillance and reporting obligations, and phytosanitary inspection; Emergency Preparedness: A guide for developing contingency plans for outbreaks of quarantine pests; Prevention, preparedness and response guidelines for Fusarium Tropical Race 4 (TR4) of banana; and Webinar series on Fusarium TR4 diagnostics, surveillance, inspection, and simulation exercises.
Project No-Cost extension
The Project underwent a project no-cost extension, with the new end date being May 2024. The following nine activities are planned for the period of no-cost extension:
For the no-cost extension period, the overall amount of USD 218 200 (two hundred eighteen thousand two hundred USD) was allocated.
Resources materials developed under this project would be made available to the IPPC community through contributed resources or in some cases would be developed following established procedures under the oversight of the Implementation and Capacity Development Committee.