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The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) Donor Round Table at the OIE Headquarters in Paris. - Another step forward

The Donor Round Table of the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) meeting took place the 9th and 10th September 2004 at the OIE Headquarters in Paris.

Introductory remarks and presentations of the STDF mechanism were made by high level representatives of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Bank, World Health Organization (WHO) and World Trade Organization (WTO). Within STDF these organizations are committed to work together to assist developing countries enhance their expertise and capacity to contribute to the development and implementation of international sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards, and thus improving their ability to gain and maintain market access, as well as their human, animal and plant health situation.

All major international donor organizations participated at the Donor Meeting. They all expressed their strong interest and supported the concept of STDF and contributed with comments for clarification and improvement of the Business Plan. In addition to supporting the STDF, the donors showed interest in assisting developing countries on how to apply for STDF grants.

Several Donors pledged to contribute to the STDF. Some immediate concrete commitment came from the United Kingdom with £ 250,000 and from The Netherlands with 300,000 Euros. France authorized the transfer of a 100,000 Euros to the STDF. The World Bank and the World Trade Organization (WTO) were already involved in the current funding.

The three projects already presented by the OIE were definitively approved for immediate implementation. The projects address the training of trainers for OIE national representatives (Delegates), new tool for evaluation of Veterinary Services capacities and strengthening of Veterinary Services in Africa. The total amount of the three projects is around 500,000 $.

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