Mainstreaming SPS investments into CAADP and other frameworks
The purpose of the project is to help selected member states of Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to use an evidence-based approach to prioritize sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) investments for market access (P-IMA), mainstream SPS investments within national/regional agricultural, environment and trade investment plans, and thereby mobilize additional resources for SPS capacity development.
A high-level SPS stakeholder dialogue took place in Kampala, on 18-20 December, bringing together senior trade officials from Uganda and the wider region, as well as donors, development partners, civil society, private sector and academia. More information is available in the COMESA news release.
COMESA Member States face many demands to enhance their SPS capacity to enable their food and agricultural products to move to regional and international markets. Figuring out where to allocate available resources for SPS capacity building is not easy. The list of needs is often long, while the resources available are usually limited. Hard choices therefore need to be made between competing investments, all of which may benefit trade, agricultural productivity or health protection in the longer-term.
The project will facilitate the use of an evidence-based approach (P-IMA) to prioritize SPS investment needs. As a result, SPS investments will be integrated within national and regional planning and financing frameworks for agriculture, trade, the environment and climate change, and additional resources will be mobilized for SPS capacity building. Key deliverables include:
Regional expertise to apply the P-IMA framework to prioritize SPS investments and leverage resources under CAADP and other national policy frameworks
User-friendly materials for applying the P-IMA to prioritize and mainstream SPS capacity building needs within national investment frameworks will be produced. Regional P-IMA facilitators who will share information and experiences and provide technical support on the use of P-IMA in other countries in the region will be trained.
SPS investments will be prioritized in each country. The impact of increased SPS investments on each country’s trade will be estimated. SPS investments will be mainstreamed in key policy/investment frameworks, including CAADP/Agriculture investment plans, trade and environment investment frameworks and national climate change response strategies of each participating country.
Advocacy materials, case stories and reports on the use/benefits of P-IMA will be disseminated among COMESA Member States and other interested stakeholders.