OECS Commission partners with key stakeholders to develop National Pest Lists

The OECS Commission, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs and the Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD), is hosting a Train The Trainers Programme in developing National Pest Lists at the Heritage Hotel in Antigua from November 14-16, 2016.

The overall objective of the workshop is to improve countries’ capacity to develop their National Pest List in accordance with the principles of transparency outlined in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS), and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).

The training will support pest surveillance, facilitate the development of quarantine policy, support trade negotiations and improve national and regional capacity to manage pests. The training will also assist with the process of evaluating biological or other scientific and economic evidence to determine whether a pest should be regulated and, if so, the strength of phytosanitary measures to be taken against it.

The Training Programmes under the 10th EDF in Surveillance, Plant quarantine, Pest risk analysis and the establishment of Risk Analysis Units in the OECS, all complement this workshop and the development of a manual to develop National Pest Lists.

The Train The Trainers Programme, which targets plant health specialists from each OECS country, is funded under the 10th EDF Programme.

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George Alcee Agriculture Programme Officer, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Ramon Peachey OECS Communications, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Tahira Carter OECS Communications, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
George Alcee Agriculture Programme Officer, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Ramon Peachey OECS Communications, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Tahira Carter OECS Communications, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has ten members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Martinique.

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