USDA supports the implementation of SPS requirement under the DCFTA in Georgia (May 14)
During May 4 – 15, 2018 U.S. Department of Agriculture experts conducted a series of activities to help implement international SPS standards by strengthening the private veterinary sector. The Veterinarians Regional Associations (VRAs) platform for Animal Health in Georgia was established through USDA’s National Animal Health Program (NAHP). Through the NAHP, USDA improves communication among veterinarians and other stakeholders and promotes veterinary careers. This initiative builds on VRAs already established in seven regions of Georgia that unite 270 private veterinarians actively involved in their professions.
The NAHP Steering Group meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture to evaluate the undergoing activities for improving animal health. The meeting was attended by animal and human health experts represented by international donor agencies, non-profit organizations, and academics.
USDA is strengthening the private veterinary sector’s capacity with intensive organizational and business development training courses. This activity aims to support VRA members’ institutional and professional development in addition to technical trainings.
Local and international subject-matter experts addressed the National Animal Health Program Steering Group. They conducted mid-term monitoring of the NAHP using the OIE (World Organization on Animal Health) Tool for the Evaluation of Performance of Veterinary Services.
In addition to capacity building, USDA’s technical assistance helps Georgia meet international SPS requirements by improving the veterinary service, contributing to the animal health and food safety.
The NAHP is being implemented in collaboration with Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Colorado State University (CSU), and Georgian Rural Development Department of Georgian Institute of Public Affairs.