CARIFORUM States have recognized that the establishment of effective national and regional coordination mechanisms is necessary for complying with national, regional, and international SPS requirements and also for facilitating meaningful participation in the international SPS standard setting process [e.g. World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), WTO/SPS Committee and Codex Alimentarius]. As such, this component seeks to undertake three (3) main Actions: (i) development of national coordination mechanisms; (ii) strengthening regional coordination mechanisms amongst agencies and groups; (iii) developing data management systems for improved coordination.

Strengthening or establishment of national coordination and implementing mechanisms

Assessment and Design of National Coordination Mechanisms initiated.

National Coordination Mechanisms for the Fisheries Sub-Sector drafted.

50% increase in participation of CARIFORUM Countries at International AHFS meetings, over 50 Public Sector professionals supported.

Operationalizing Regional coordination and implementing mechanisms

Regional coordination of AHFS matters facilitated through the operationalization of the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA).

Regional Technical Groups strengthened for improved coordination of AHFS issues. Support provided to: the CARICOM Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs); the Caribbean Animal Health Network (CaribVET); the Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum (CPHD) and the Coordinating Group of Pesticides Control Boards of the Caribbean (CGPC).

Data collection, management, monitoring, and evaluation, and reporting systems established for the national regulatory agencies

Towards the creation of a national livestock identification system in Haiti, a National Data Management System was developed. The system consists of three (3) modules, which focus on recording data on slaughter capacity and the size and sanitary status of herds.

National Data Management System for the Fisheries Sub-Sector initiated in the Dominican Republic. This database will facilitate the storage and management of data collected from different fish landing points of the country, as well as the commercial activity of the sector, both exports and imports.