Study Tour by Somali Bureau of Standards and Somali Agricultural Regulatory and Inspection Service (SARIS) to Kenya

Representatives of the Somali Bureau of Standards (SoBS) and the Somali Agricultural Regulatory Inspection Service (SARIS) will be visiting Nairobi between 23and 28 May. The aim of the tour is to reinforce the capacity of Somalia’s competent authorities to better understand the agricultural regulatory and standard development processes. Their objectives are to learn how standardisation and conformity assessments are done in Kenya, and how the National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) works. The visit will include a meeting with the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and Pest Control Products Board (PCPB). The visitors are also seeking to understand better how the private sector works with NPPOs, and will meet with representatives of business member organisations, service providers, and exporters in both fruit and vegetable sectors.

Under the Fit For Market SPS programme, COLEACP is coordinating the study tour in collaboration with the European Union (EU) Support to Policy Dialogue on Investment Climate in Somalia project, which aims to enhance the investment climate and business environment by improving access to finance, markets and essential services for medium, small and micro enterprises (MSMEs).

This activity is supported by the Fit For Market SPS programme, implemented by COLEACP within the Framework of Development Cooperation between the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and the European Union.