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BFAR Conducts Trainings on TRACES for Improved Export Certification Systems PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 00:29

With the support of the Trade Related Technical Assistance Project 3 (TRTA 3) and the Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) programme, over forty participating fish exporters together with the certifying officers of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) are presently undergoing a two-day training on the “Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) for the Export of Fishery and Aquatic Products to the European Union (EU)”. The training is set to be conducted in two batches on 17-18 June and 19-20 June 2014 at the Marco Polo Hotel in Cebu City.

The EU-funded Trade Related Technical Assistance Project 3 (TRTA 3) is an ongoing partnership between the Philippine Government and the European Union (EU) that aims to contribute to the integration of the Philippines into regional and international trading and investment system. While BFAR is recognized by the EU as the Competent Authority for the inspection, approval and certification of fishery and aquatic products and establishments exporting to EU, TRTA 3 backs the provision of capacity building for its officers as enablers of trade between the Philippines and the EU.

On the other hand, the Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) is an initiative of the European Commission (EC) that, among others, provides trainings on the EU import requirements for Competent Authorities and the private sector of countries that EU imports food products from.

With the increasing number of exporters in the country that aspire to gain entry to the EU market for fishery and aquatic products, BFAR acknowledges the urgent need for its system to be capable of processing higher volumes of documents more effectively and efficiently.

For BFAR to be able to operate as an effective Competent Authority, its data management capabilities have to be significantly improved. This training on TRACES addresses these concerns and may be followed by similar capacity building for other Philippine Government regulatory agencies as the direct beneficiaries of TRTA 3, which aims to boost trade as a potent tool for achieving inclusive growth, poverty reduction and employment generation.

BFAR Assistant Director Drusila Esther Bayate further emphasizes the end goal of the training. “The TRACES, when adopted, is envisioned to be an effective tool to enable BFAR to implement a product certification system that will demonstrate efficient real time export processing , upgrade its product traceability system, curb fraudulent shipments and instill more confidence on the business operators as well as on the BFAR as the Competent Authority for the control of fish and fishery products in the Philippines”.

For the conduct of the trainings, the BTSF has provided the services of exemplary resource persons: Mr. Didier Carton, the Head of TRACES, EC –DG SANCO in Brussels, Belgium; Mr. Faryaz Hotee, the TRACES Administrator of the Department of Fisheries, Republic of Mauritius and Mr. Vince Andre, the BTSF Representative in East Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand.

Reference: RENEA MARIAN M. CRUZ Knowledge Management (KM) Officer Tel.# - 976-5700 loc 5317

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 00:29

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