Thursday, 21 March 2013

Meeting standards, winning markets: boosting Viet Nam’s fish exports

HANOI, 21 March 2013 – Despite efforts to comply with food safety requirements, Viet Nam has the third highest import rejection rate in the international trade of fish and fishery products. This issue is being addressed at a workshop organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Viet Nam’s National Agro-Forestry Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) in cooperation with the Institute of Developing Economies of the Japanese External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO).

The workshop, entitled ‘Meeting Standards – Winning Markets: How to address the Compliance Challenges of Seafood Value Chains’, analyzed the challenges faced by the agro-food sectors of developing countries, paying special attention to the seafood value chain in Viet Nam.

It focused on setting priorities to build national capacities to meet Sanitary and Photo-Sanitary (SPS) market requirements, addressing compliance challenges while also coping with resource constraints.

During the event, Spencer Henson, Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), introduced a tool to achieve greater resource efficiency, improve capacity building in the areas where it is needed, increase trade and enhance its social outcomes and impacts. The tool, known as the Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) Framework and developed under the aegis of the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF), will be an asset as Viet Nam sets priorities in SPS capacity-building in the seafood value chain

UNIDO, IDE-JETRO and IDS presented the findings of two recent studies they have conducted, suggesting that import rejection data be used to measure compliance performance. The full reports, namely the 2012 Trade Standards Compliance Report and the first edition of the regional Asian Trade Standards Compliance Report, will be published soon.

To watch the 3NTV coverage of the workshop, please click here

For further information, please contact:

Patrick Gilabert
UNIDO Representative in Viet Nam
Tel.: +84-4 382244 90
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Steffen Kaeser
Quality, Standards and Conformity Unit, UNIDO
Tel.: +43-1 26026-3826
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Nguyen Nhu Tiep
Director General of NAFIQAD
Tel.: +84-4 37715383
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Ikuo Kuroiwa
Director-General of the Development Study Centre at IDE-JETRO
Tel.: + 81-43-299-9676
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