EAC Regional Project Supporting the Agro-Food Industry
Introduction and Background
Over the past years, UNIDO has successfully supported Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda in the building-up of national infrastructure and services for trade development and consumer protection. In each country, most of the basic national capacities for food safety and quality have been established.
This regional project will enhance the capacity of EAC countries (including Rwanda and Burundi) as a whole to participate in international trade in two ways: first through the enhancement of enterprises capacity to produce according to international market requirements and second, through the strengthening of export-oriented support services, mainly related to conformity assessment. At the same time, the programme would allow for an improved and coordinated regional food safety regulatory framework and consequently better public health, protecting local consumers against (local and imported) unsafe food products.
The first meeting of the regional project Steering Committees took place in June 2007 and the Regional Project Coordinator is situated within the EAC secretariat to ensure sound coordination within EAC countries. A needs assessment has been carried out to determine national and regional capacities and selection of sites for establishment of centers of excellence for training in inspection and auditing as well as in risk assessment.