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April 28, 2020

Standards as an Enabler To Safe Trade

There is a potential rise in food insecurity as COVID-19 pandemic continues disrupting supply chains. In East Africa, almost 70% of the population relies on Agriculture value chains. Agriculture producers, processors, traders, and logistics companies may face labour shortages resulting from social distancing rules. Farmers may not be compensated for their produce. Laborers will feel [...]

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February 3, 2020

Accessing Global Markets: Rwanda’s Game-plan in Getting Standards Right

How can Rwanda get more of its domestic products to international markets? A key element in achieving this goal requires applying rigorous requirements to food, animal and plant exports, known as Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures set by importing countries to address food safety, animal health and plant health risks that may be carried by […]

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February 3, 2020

CS Munya extends term of standards taskforce by 3 months

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has extended the term of a task force formed to spearhead reforms on standardisation of goods in the fight against counterfeits. The Standards and Quality Infrastructure Reforms Taskforce that Mr. Munya appointed on November 15, 2019, while he was Trade Minister, is chaired by Mr. Wachira Maina. It was appointed […]

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November 15, 2019

Munya moots policy to have import standards verified locally

The government is mulling a shift from the policy requiring goods to be cleared in the port of origin before being exported into the country. The move could be a relief to small scale traders who have been waiting for days for their goods to be cleared for entry into the country. To achieve this, […]

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October 17, 2019

Duplication of standards, laws killing businesses–UN

Duplicate standards and regulations across different state agencies are stifling businesses and investments in the country, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has warned. The UN specialized agency that promotes industrial development yesterday called for harmonization of standards and regulations, both in the private sector and government, to ensure the cost of doing business remains […]

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September 4, 2019

Push to invest in agri-food standards attract regional attention

Plant and animal products traded across the world are subjected to global standards under what is known as Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures set by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a body that deals with global rules of trade. These measures are generally meant to protect human, animal and plant health from risks arising from […]

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September 4, 2019

Rwanda: Push to Invest in Agri-Food Standards Attract Regional Attention

Plant and animal products traded across the world are subjected to global standards under what is known as Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures set by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a body that deals with global rules of trade. These measures are generally meant to protect human, animal and plant health from risks arising from […]

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July 17, 2019

Five COMESA countries to benefit from a Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards project

Regional countries are set to increase market access for their agricultural products following the commencement of a new capacity building project to mainstream sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) priorities into national policies. The project is titled: ‘Mainstreaming SPS capacity building into the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and other National Policy Frameworks to Enhance […]

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June 21, 2019

Kenya seeks AfCFTA partnership on trade standards

Kenya is in talks with the African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO) member states to develop a common regulatory framework that will fast track the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. AfCFTA deliberations not only bind all ARSO member states to commit to the progressive elimination of tariffs and non-tariff barriers to […]

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