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The IPPC ePhyto Industry Advisory Group Meeting Held in Washington DC, USA

Posted on Tue, 04 Jul 2017, 11:10

The IPPC ePhyto Industry Advisory Group (IAG) meeting was held from 27-28 June 2017, in Washington DC, USA. The meeting was chaired by Mr Gerard Meijerink, IAG Chair (International Seed Federation), and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary, with presence of over 20 participants from IAG organizations, several relevant Embassies in DC, USDA, and the IPPC Secretariat.

The meeting for the first day was hosted by the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) in Washington DC. The main activities of the meeting were to apprise the IAG of the latest developments in the IPPC ePhyto project, as well as ...

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CPM Financial Committee Meeting Held in Washington DC

Posted on Mon, 03 Jul 2017, 09:40

CPM Financial Committee (FC) met on 19 June 2017 in Washington DC, USA. The meeting was chaired by Ms Marie-Claude FOREST, FC Chair (Canada), and opened by Mr. Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary. The participants of the meeting included Ms Lois RANSOM (CPM Chair, Australia), Mr Lucien KOUAME KONAN (FC and Bureau member, Côte d’Ivoire) and Mr Corné VAN ALPHEN (Bureau member, the Netherlands), as well as Mr Craig FEDCHOCK, Mr Marko BENOVIC and Mr Orlando SOSA from the IPPC Secretariat.

The main activities of this FC meeting were to review the actions points of the last FC meeting, and ...

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The IPPC standard on authorization of entities off to a good start

Posted on Wed, 21 Jun 2017, 17:04

An intense week to draft an International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) on authorization of entities to perform phytosanitary actions has been concluded successfully. The meeting, which was hosted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, took place in Ottawa, Canada, from 12 to 16 June 2017, and was chaired by Gordon Henry (Canada).

The 11 participants, which included experts from around the world, gathered to discuss and debate what elements should be included in this standard. The result was a draft standard that provides a framework to enable national plant protection organizations (NPPOs) to develop and implement a programme for ...

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Strengthening Bilateral Cooperation between the IPPC and the WCO

Posted on Fri, 09 Jun 2017, 12:28

To strengthen bilateral cooperation between the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) in order to promote safe and efficient trade in plants and plant products, Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary, led a delegation (composed of Mr Craig Fedchock, Mr Orlando Sosa, Mr Marko Benovic and Mr Tommaso Teti from the IPPC Secretariat) to pay an official visit to the WCO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on 2 June 2017. The IPPC delegate held a meeting Mr Ernani Checcucci (Director of Capacity Building Directorate), Mr Alan Harrison (Executive Officer in charge of Member Relations), and Mr ...

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Strengthening Bilateral Cooperation between the IPPC and the EC

Posted on Thu, 08 Jun 2017, 14:38

Photograph: Meeting with DG TRADE and DG SANTE

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) have a very strong cooperation with the European Commission (EC). For the past decade, the EC has provided the generous and continuous financial support to the IPPC Work Programme, notably the travel support for the IPPC contracting parties, the implementation of the IPPC and its ISPMs, and the IRSS. For further strengthening of bilateral cooperation between the IPPC and the EC, Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary, led a delegate (composed of Mr Craig Fedchock, Mr Orlando Sosa, Mr Marko Benovic and Mr Tommaso Teti from ...

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IPPC Engagement with Environmental Aspects for Fulfilment of its Mission and Mandates

Posted on Tue, 06 Jun 2017, 16:06

Photograph: IPPC 2017: Plant health and environmental protection experts convene in Buenos Aires, the Argentine Republic

Hosted by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the Argentine Republic, an IPPC discussion group convened on 2 – May 5 2017, in Buenos Aires, the Argentine Republic to discuss how the IPPC can assist contracting parties to access funding to implement environmental aspects of the Convention. The meeting, chaired by Leanne Stewart (the IRSS consultant of the IPPC Secretariat) and attended by Orlando Sosa, the Lead of the Implementation and Facilitation Unit, met with the plant health and environmental protection experts to analyze ...

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The First IPPC Phytosanitary Capacity Assessment Workshop Successfully held in Barbados

Posted on Fri, 02 Jun 2017, 10:10

IPPC 2017 – PCE Facilitator Fitzroy White and workshop participants convene in Bridgetown Barbados.

Trained under the STDF401 project PCE Facilitators Training project, Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) Facilitator Fitzroy White delivered the first phase of PCE workshops in Bridgetown Barbados 28 April to 2 May 2017.

The multistakeholder workshop was attended by a number of active participants, suggesting positive outcomes for the remainder of the project. The objective of this first workshop was to inform all stakeholders of the PCE process and complete all PCE modules related to the establishment of an NPPO and modules related to diagnostic. The workshop brought ...

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Second stage of the IPPC Phytosanitary Capacity Assessment workshop kicks off in Antanarivo, Madagascar

Posted on Fri, 02 Jun 2017, 09:28

IPPC 2017 – PCE Facilitator Alphonsine Louhouari and workshop participants convene in Antanarivo Madagscar

The second multi-stakeholder workshop for the PCE in Madagscar was conducted from 30 April to 6 May 2017, as part of the IPPC’s intervention in the project “Africa Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF): Strengthening controls of food safety threats, plant and animal pests and diseases for agricultural productivity and trade in Southern Africa”. STDF401 trained PCE Facilitator, Alphonsine Louhouari facilitated this second PCE workshop with the support of IPPC Capacity Development Officer Sarah Brunel.

The Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture Monsieur Pierrot Serge Randrianaritiana opened ...

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Tenth Meeting of the IPPC Capacity Development Committee held in Tokyo, Japan

Posted on Tue, 30 May 2017, 12:13

IPPC 2017 - CDC members convene in Tokyo Japan

The IPPC’s Capacity Development Committee (CDC) met for its 10th and final time in Tokyo Japan, 15 – 19 May, 2017. Formed in 2012 to help guide the IPPC Secretariat’s work to implement the Capacity Development Strategy and Work Plan, the final CDC meeting was a preparatory meeting for the transition to the new Implementation and Capacity Development Committee (IC) approved at CPM-12 in April. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan hosted the meeting.

Major highlights of the meeting include the CDC’s development of a proposal ...

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Four draft standards approved for the second consultation by the IPPC Standards Committee Working Group

Posted on Tue, 23 May 2017, 14:01

The Standards Committee working group (SC-7), led by the Chairperson, Mr Nico Horn (The Netherlands), met on 15-19 May 2017 in Rome and had an intense and fruitful week. The SC-7 consists of seven SC members; one representative per FAO region. They had detailed and in-depth discussions on the draft standards that were commented upon by IPPC Official contact points during the first consultation. The SC-7 considered the compiled comments, the stewards’ considerations and recommendations on the use of terms and consistency as provided by the Technical Panel for the Glossary.

The SC-7 approved four draft standards for submission to ...

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ePhyto working with the World Bank Group to assist Samoa in the implementation of ePhyto as a tool in trade facilitation

Posted on Tue, 23 May 2017, 09:43

From 8-12 May 2017, the IPPC Secretariat’s, ePhyto Project Manager, Shane Sela together with World Bank Group’s representatives participated in a series of technical discussions with a number of government ministries in Samoa on the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) – the first multilateral deal agreed upon in the 21-year history of the World Trade Organization. The TFA became an official WTO Agreement, effective and legally binding, on February 22, 2017 achieving a major milestone for the global trading system. The agreement is expected to reduce total trade costs by more than 14 per cent for low-income ...

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The Workshop on IPPC standards and implementation held in Iraq

Posted on Mon, 22 May 2017, 06:00

Photograph: IPPC 2017 – Workshop participants from Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture convene in Iraq

The Regional Plant Protection Officer for the Near East and North Africa together with the IPPC’s Implementation Facilitation Unit (IFU) Officer facilitated a short, intensive course for 32 participants from the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture, the 24 – 26 of April 2017 held in Iraq.

Upon request of the NPPO of Iraq, the Regional Office for the Near East (FAO RNE), and the FAO office for Iraq organized the course, designed to introduce the IPPC, its international legal framework, capacity building tools, resources and relevant IPPC standards ...

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The first PCE application workshop conducted by the IPPC PCE-trained Facilitator in Nairobi Kenya

Posted on Sun, 21 May 2017, 06:00

Trained under the STDF401 PCE Facilitators Training project, Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) facilitator Chiluba Mwape delivered the first PCE workshop for Kephis Kenya, from 15 – 17 March 2017, in Nairobi, Kenya. This was the first of three expected PCE workshops for Kenya, to be delivered by Chiluba Mwape.

In response to expressed interest by Kenyan phytosanitary authorities, this activity marked the initial stage of the application of the PCE in Kenya. Working closely with the National PCE Coordinator for Kenya, and IPPC Programme Specialist Orlando Sosa, the PCE Facilitator coordinated a workshop and planning meeting involving key stakeholders from relevant ...

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The IPPC PCE application completed in the Republic of Moldova

Posted on Sat, 20 May 2017, 17:04

Photograph: IPPC 2017. PCE Finalization Consensus workshop participants in Chisinau Moldova.

The Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) of the phytosanitary system of the Republic of Moldova was completed under the framework of the UN-FAO Technical Cooperation Programme TCP/MOL/3502 “Support for Adaptation and Implementation of Integrated Pest Management in Moldova”. Orlando Sosa, Lead of the Implementation Facilitation Unit (IFU) of the IPPC Secretariat and Ketevan Lomsadze, Agricultural Officer of the IFU/ IPPC facilitated the PCE application in the country.

The PCE application concluded with a consensus workshop held on 26 February – 3 March 2017 in Chisinau, Moldova. The workshop aimed ...

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