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need to address in order to increase their participation in export markets. It will provide an opportunity for the countries surveyed to verify that their needs have been accurately evaluated and discern how these needs have evolved over time. The discussion will look at the way in which these case study countries have integrated their SPS capacity building needs into broader national strategies for enhancing competitiveness. Moderator: Mr. Alan Hruska, Plant production officer, FAO, Chile Key questions to be discussed in this session include: •

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Do existing needs evaluations capture the reality of the situation in these countries? What are the main challenges faced by countries, at both national and regional level? What are the emerging trends in food safety, animal and plant health compliance with which producers must comply? What are the implications of the shift towards a “farm to fork” approach in controlling SPS issues, the growing body of private standards and the increasing influence of retailers on supply chains? How to involve not just government regulatory services in the process of needs evaluation, but also the private sector and other stakeholders (e.g. consumers groups) in the process of needs evaluations ? How can ownership of evaluations be stimulated, not just at a technical level, but also at a senior political level? Is it possible to agree a single needs assessment shared by donors, international organizations and beneficiaries and design an over-arching action plan on this basis?

Panel Discussion: Mr. Fernando Ocampo, Jefe Negociador Adjunto para Asuntos Comerciales, Ministerio de Comercio Exterior, Costa Rica Mr. Luis Vásquez, Dirección General de Sanidad Vegetal y Animal, Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería, El Salvador Mr. Jorge Gómez, Jefe, Oficina de Normas y Procedimientos, Ministerio de Agricultura, Guatemala Ms. Felicia Echeverría, Directora Ejecutiva, Certificadora de Productos Orgánicos Eco-LOGICA, Costa Rica Ms. Fanny de Estrada, Director, Asociación Gremial de Exportadores de Guatemala – AGEXPORT, Guatemala

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