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The Doha Declaration: the committed Organizations are moving forward

Rome, November 2003 - The Doha Declaration of November 2001 represented the official commitment taken by the Heads of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank and the World Trade Organization (WTO) to assist developing countries and of transition with regard to sanitary standards.

As a result of these commitments, the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) was set up in 2002, allowing developing countries to better participate in global trade while meeting their obligations on the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement (SPS Agreement).

The Director General of the OIE participated in the working group which took place in Rome on 12-13 November 2003. The aim of the group was the coordination of the delivery of technical assistance jointly provided by the Doha Declaration committed Organizations within the STDF framework.

"The results of the working group are promising", Dr, Vallat said. "The STDF now makes it possible to concretize several projects. In 2004, the financial resources which are in process of assignment will support developing countries which are members of the WTO and the OIE to benefit from the SPS Agreement, while meeting international veterinary standards. The access of their products to regional and international market will then be facilitated", he added.