SUMMARY OF THE MEETING OF 16-17 MARCH 2016
Note by the Secretariat
The following paragraphs should be corrected to read as follows:
2.1.1 Senegal – Creation of a national SPS committee and update on market access issues (G/SPS/GEN/1451 and G/SPS/GEN/1473)
2.1. Senegal informed Members of the establishment of a national committee on sanitary and phytosanitary measures (CN-SPS) as outlined in G/SPS/GEN/1473. The aim of such mechanism was to monitor the implementation of the SPS Agreement and to serve as a framework for consultation and information sharing on the three standard-setting organizations. Senegal further elaborated that the CN-SPS would be coordinated by the Directorate of Plant Protection (PNI/SPS), assisted by the OIE and Codex contact points. Four sub-committees had been created to deal with SPS notifications among others.
2.2. Senegal also provided an update on market access issues for mangoes to enter the Lebanese and Tunisian markets and for cherry tomatoes to enter the Russian market, as outlined in G/SPS/GEN/1451. Senegal reported on efforts undertaken in the mango sector which had allowed increasing its exports to the European Union, among others. Senegal thanked the Russian Federation for their efforts to try solving this issue bilaterally, and the AU-IBAR for their assistance.