Using P-IMA to prioritize SPS Capacity Building options in Uganda
COMESA and USAID/USDA worked with SPS stakeholders in Uganda to use the P-IMA framework in 2012. Representatives of public and private sector stakeholders participated in a stakeholder workshop on 30 July to 1 August to agree on SPS capacity building options to be included in the analysis. National experts playing a leading role in the P-IMA work come from the Phytosanitary Services, the Ministry of Trade and the Uganda National Bureau of Standards.
A draft report was distributed to stakeholders and is currently being revised on the basis of comments received and the inclusion of new and improved data from additional research into some of the capacity building options. The final report is expected in late March 2013. FAO/WHO are involved in related work in Uganda to develop a decision-making process (using P-IMA) to determine how food safety priorities can be established at the national level. This work considers domestic food safety, public health and food security, but also drivers of export markets, economic earnings potential. The Ministry of Health is leading this work, which also seeks to engage stakeholders from other relevant Ministries, private sector and interest groups (e.g. consumers). The STDF Secretariat facilitated contact between FAO and USAID/USDA for FAO to obtain the information collected for the P-IMA work. FAO subsequently invited the national experts leading the P-IMA work to the FAO/WHO food safety and P-IMA workshop in December 2012.