France makes donation to aid WTO’s poorest members

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

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France has donated €50,000 in 2016 to help the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) poorest members implement food safety, animal and plant health standards.

The donation to the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) will help developing and least-developed countries improve sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) capacity and aid access to agricultural markets.

Jean-Paul Thuillier, the permanent representative of France at the WTO, said: “In renewing its support to the STDF, France aims to help developing countries enhance their capacity in the area of health governance so that they can better integrate into world trade.

“It is important that these countries acquire safe, efficient, sustainable and resilient food systems, which will help to generate income and to create wealth.”

France has donated over CHF16m to WTO trust funds over the past 15 years.

Roberto Azevêdo, WTO director-general, said: “It will help developing and least-developed countries to implement food safety, animal health and plant health standards so that they can participate more effectively in world trade.”

The STDF brings together trade, health and agriculture experts to share knowledge, tools and good practice and strengthen effectiveness of SPS technical assistance to developing countries.

It also provides support and funding for development and implementation of projects that promote compliance with international SPS requirements.

Ireland and Germany both previously donated €150,000 for the same reason.

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