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Lao Officials Learn WTO Standards for Food Safety
Source: kplnet.net
Source Date: Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: Lao People's Democratic Republic
Created: Sep 13, 2010

(KPL) The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the US Embassy in Laos and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) held on September 8 a workshop on promoting the use of standards and regulations for food safety and product quality to improve the business environment in Laos and advance Lao efforts to accede to the World Trade Organisation.

The workshop was aimed at increasing awareness among the key government officials and the private sector who will be most involved in implementing the recently approved Prime Minister’s decree on establishing SPS Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary and TBT Enquiry and Notification Points. TBT=Technical Barriers to Trade.

The establishment of enquiry and notification points will introduce significant changes in the Lao SPS and TBT legal frameworks, most importantly improving the transparency and predictability of decision making.

This will provide domestic and foreign business easier access to SPS, laws and regulations affecting food safety and plant and animal health, and to technical regulations, standard and conformity assessment processes for industrial goods under TBT.

The EPS enquiry point will be established in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and the TBT enquiry point will be in the National Authority for Science and Technology.

A notification point will be established in the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to report Lao policies on SPS and TST to the WTO.

The workshop is part of larger United States Government funded programme USAID /LUNA Lao project, the Lao United States International and ASEAN Integration Project that is designed to provide technical assistance to support Laos to implement the US-Lao Bilateral Trade Agreement, to accede to the WTO and to meet the obligations in the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint.
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