USDA Supports Georgia to Become a Viable Trading Partner Internationally (July 19)

USDA Supports Georgia to Become a Viable Trading Partner Internationally

During July 9-13, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organized the study visit for Georgian delegation to Bulgarian Food Safety Agency in Sofia under the second phase of Emerging Donor Challenge Program “Strengthening capacity of the National Food Agency of Georgia (NFA) for risk assessment and risk management”.  Five representatives from the National Food Agency of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia chaired by Chief Veterinary Officer participated in the visit. The objective of the visit was to learn about Bulgaria’s experience in relationship to the World Trade Organization’s sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures before and after their accession to the European Union. Additionally, technical training and information sharing meetings were held to support Georgian government in identifying requirements and procedures for exports of feed, fish and honey establishment operations and certification in accordance with the EU and International standards. As a result of this activity NFA will develop standard operation procedures for its inspection services and draft regulations on food safety requirements for feed, fish and honey establishment and/or trading companies.

The project overall promotes economic growth and trade and builds Georgia’s trade capacity through WTO SPS agreements and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) agreement with the European Union (EU) and to improve its capacity to assess and address risk in animal products.  By strengthening risk assessment and risk management capabilities, Georgia will be able to meet international standards for animal meat products to become viable international trading partner.