On August 4, 2015, senior staff of the SADC Secretariat, government officials from the United States Embassy Botswana, USAID, and the Southern Africa Trade Hub gathered at the SADC Secretariat for a ceremony to celebrate the handover of the recently completed Regional Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Strategies for Food Safety, Plant and Animal Health.
The Regional SPS Strategies will strengthen the capacity of SADC’s fifteen Member States to effectively manage sanitary and phytosanitary risks by implementing SPS measures consistent with international standards and best practices. Robust and effective SPS measures and quality controls promote intra-regional trade in plant and animal products, food safety, and the timely management of SPS-related threats.
As US Ambassador to Botswana Earl Miller stated during his address at the ceremony, “the US government believes improving SPS strategies will lead to increased trade flows in Southern Africa: promoting economic growth, creating jobs, and increasing the standard of living for hardworking people across our region.”
Photo: US Ambassador to Botswana Earl Miller presents the SADC Regional SPS Strategy, translated into SADC’s three official languages, to Willie Shumba and Margaret Nyirenda of SADC