Azerbaijan: CLDP Holds Workshops on Interagency Coordination in the Implementation of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

March 4, 2019 - March 6, 2019
Azerbaijan: Workshops on Interagency Coordination in the Implementation of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
Participants from the Workshops on Interagency Coordination in the Implementation of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

On March 4-6, 2019, in cooperation with U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP), the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the U.S. Embassy in Baku, CLDP organized workshops for officials from the Azerbaijan State Customs Committee and the Food Safety Agency on Interagency Coordination in the Implementation of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures.

The workshops featured presentations from the CBP Director of U.S. Agricultural Operations, John Sagle; the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal, Plant, and Health Inspection Service’s Director of Trade Policy for Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, Jay Mitchell; and WTO STDF Economist Simon Padilla, and included discussion of the following priority topics: the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA); information sharing and risk management strategies; good regulatory practice and transparency in regulations development; coordination of inspections and operational, laboratory work on the border; transitable quarantine materials; and phyto e-certificates.  The workshop also provided an opportunity for an exchange between Azerbaijani and Georgian customs officials on cross-border cooperation. 

Azerbaijan is hoping to accede to the World Trade Organization, and these workshops provided a forum for discussion of the requirements of one of the more technical multilateral agreements, the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures. 

The workshop is part of a continuing series of workshops for the Azerbaijani Customs Committee to help facilitate economic reforms, trade facilitation, and regional integration

Upcoming Programs

July 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020

In July, August, and September 2020, CLDP, in collaboration with USTR and the University of Missouri, will provide virtual business fundamental courses to 20 Salvadoran textile representatives. CLDP has partnered with a textile and apparel expert who will conduct group sessions, as well as tailored sessions depending on the needs and businesses of the selected representatives. Lessons will cover business plan development and implementation, mentorship opportunities, local business resources, and personnel management. Furthermore, the sessions will give the Salvadoran textiles representatives the opportunity to begin developing comprehensive plans to effectively disseminate the knowledge they acquire during this program broadly across the industry with other textile professionals in El Salvador. Participants, who represent the Salvadoran private sector, key government agencies, and academia, will continue to engage their U.S. counterparts in this project for the remainder of the CLDP programming throughout 2021. This project is a part of CLDP’s and USTR’s capacity-building program to improve regional prosperity by fostering human and institutional capacity to improve the competitiveness of the Salvadoran textile industry.

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December 12, 2019

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