Biosecurity head attends Rome meeting

Saturday June 09, 2018 Written by Published in Environment

Director of Biosecurity Service Ngatoko Ta Ngatoko represented the Cook Islands and the South West Pacific countries at the second Implementation and Capacity (IC) Development Committee meeting in Italy late last month.

The meeting, held from May 21 to 25, was held at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) headquarters in Rome.

Ngatoko’s attendance at the meeting involved representing Pacific countries on the Implementation and Capacity (IC) Development Committee.

The committee is selected by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Bureau based on area of expertise on biosecurity and trade facilitation.

Ngatoko said the committee discussed the governance and strategic directions of their work to ensure that it is focused on the CPM priorities and that efficient, clear and transparent processes and procedures are in place.

The IC, he said, agreed to establish two new sub-groups on dispute avoidance and settlement and on the Implementation, Review and Support System (IRSS).

“The Sea Container Task Force (SCTF) was officially recognised as an IC sub-group. The oversight mechanism related to National Reporting Obligations was also agreed,” Ngatoko said.

“Several strategic issues such as the development of strategies for the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation tool, for the development of guides and training material, for the management of projects and phytosanitary resources, were discussed.

“The approval of those strategies is anticipated during the IC November, 2018 meeting.”

The Implementation and Capacity Development Committee is made up of seven members from the seven FAO regions, five phytosanitary experts from various regions, and two representatives (one each from the standards committee and the Regional Plant Protection Organisations).

“In addition, the IC also includes seven regional alternates. The IPPC CPM Bureau selected and appointed the IC members, taking into account their expertise, experience and geographical representation,” Ngatoko said.

Ngatoko has also served on previous international expert working groups and was on the IPPC Standards Setting Committee from 2009 to 2015.

He served as the chairman of the Pacific Plant Protection Organisation (PPPO) during the same period.

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