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 to present the draft phytosanitary capacity development strategic plan and was facilitated by Ketevan Lomsadze and Svetlana Lungu, the Republic of Moldova’s PCE National Coordinator. Meetings with national stakeholders and international projects’ staff served to discuss options for the implementation of the phytosanitary capacity development strategic plan.
Several Moldovan national stakeholders and representatives of various active international projects operating within the country attended the consensus workshop. The PCE National Coordinator Svetlana Lungu noted the utility of the PCE tool, commenting on its ease of use, clarity and conduciveness to identifying challenging areas. Gintaras Lapinskas, Resident Twinning Advisor of the EU Twinning project Support to the National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova, remarked on the importance of identifying phytosanitary management needs vis a vis the PCE tool and using this information to galvanise political will to address national plant health needs. Ketevan Lomsadze also facilitated several meetings to discuss a way forward in implementing the strategic plan. The Officer met with representatives of the Swedish Board of Agriculture, the EU twining project Support to the National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova (ANSA) and the European Neighbourhood Programme to Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) for the Implementation of the Sector Reform Contract in Moldova.
It is expected that the approved strategic plan will be adopted as an official national strategy.
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