CELCAA Working Session at 2014 World Trade Organisation Public forum

 For the 2014 WTO Public Forum edition, CELCAA has organised a panel discussion on agriculture and SPS issues. The panel took place on 3rd October 2014, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, Room B.  
CELCAA working session discussed the role of the public international organisations and private trading operators in connection with consumers’ needs and expectations. Traders play a crucial role on the market as they connect producers to consumers, making the delivery of goods efficient, affordable and secure to consumers worldwide. At the same time, Codex Alimentarius promote the use of international, scientifically-based food safety standards. Despite the promotion of these international standards, non-tariff measures remain significant. Development of regional higher standards brings additional issues, such as the capacity to compete on a global market. In parallel, some agricultural sectors, like the wine sector, pioneered a process of increasing convergence of standards across jurisdictions to the benefits of consumers. The presentations and debate will discuss how to reconcile facilitation of trade, while meeting legitimate consumer expectations regarding health, safety, animal health and welfare and the environment.