Future-proofing safe trade during COVID-19


26 May 2020 @15:00-16:30 CET


Join our expert-led discussion on:

  • How can we meet developing countries’ safe trade needs during COVID-19?
  • What can we do to design future-proof safe trade solutions?

With the COVID-19 pandemic, livelihoods worldwide are being affected with an unprecedented disruption of businesses and delays at borders, while the impact is felt across global supply chains. For developing countries, where health systems, infrastructure and resources face longstanding gaps, governments and the private sector, including MSMEs, now face huge challenges to respond.

The current context shows the urgent need to drive a global approach on future-proofing safe trade. Backed by its 2020-2024 Strategy, the STDF global partnership plays a critical role in providing safe trade solutions for developing countries that protect livelihoods and support economic recovery.

Join our virtual discussion to learn how STDF partners are responding to COVID-19 and about the support available. Find out how to be part of collaborative action to assist developing countries to protect health and facilitate safe trade. And hear how the donor community is actively involved.


  • Eleonora Dupouy, Food Safety and Quality Officer, FAO
  • Gillian Mylrea, Head, Standards Department, OIE
  • Bill Gain, Global Lead, Trade Facilitation & Border Management, World Bank Group
  • Peter Embarek, Food Safety and Zoonoses Expert, WHO
  • Christiane Wolff, Head, SPS Section, WTO
  • Tom Heilandt, Secretary, Codex Alimentarius Commission
  • Brent Larson, Implementation Facilitation Unit Lead, IPPC
  • Andrew McCoubrey, Head, Trade for Development, UK Department for International Trade (TBC)


  • Melvin Spreij, Head, STDF

Find out more on STDF updates & COVID-19: www.standardsfacility.org/stdf-partnership-updates-covid-19