FAO national workshop on “Agriculture market access issues”
2 December 2014

Chisinau, 2-3 December, 2014 – National training workshop on “Agriculture market access issues” was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry of the Republic of Moldova. The objective of the workshop was to facilitate a greater understanding among government officials in regard to trade rules for agriculture under the World Trade Organization and Commonwealth of Independent States agreements which are relevant to Moldovan agricultural exports.

The aim of the workshop was to provide participants with information, guidance and examples of rules and procedures that can be applied in order to tackle the tariff and non-tariff barriers that Moldova’s agricultural exports face in the country’s main markets. Training sessions included examples of how to address and resolve trade issues using  case studies and hypothetical situations, focusing on tariffs and sanitary and phytosanitary measures related to food safety and plant protection. The workshop focused on how to identify relevant trade rules and how to choose from various negotiation, consultation and dispute settlement tools to address the problem. The training will serve to identify options and practical guidelines for addressing trade concerns and to design the necessary actions by different stakeholders to improve market access for Moldova’s agricultural products.

The workshop was attended by 40 participants coming from different stakeholder groups involved in agricultural trade such as Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Custom Service. Technical support to the workshop was provided by FAO experts on trade, phytosanitary protection and food safety legislation as well as external experts from the WTO Secretariat and other organizations. The participants from Moldova then discussed improvements in policy measures and practical instruments for solving the issues in market access for Moldovan products.

For more information please contact: Tudor Robu, Assistant FAO Representative to Moldova, at tudor.robu@fao.org

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