Trade Capacity Building
What is Trade Capacity Building?
Collaboration With Foreign Governments"
We advocate for
scientific collaboration with foreign governments and international
organizations. This enhances the scientific foundation, information base, and
enforcement decisions of U.S. trading partners. Doing this helps foreign governments to base regulatory decisions on
- World Trade Organization (WTO) Sanitary & Phytosanitary (SPS)
Leadership Development Program (June 2007)
- 14 Chinese officials received training on the U.S. approach to
meeting obligations for WTO SPS Agreement
- Training emphasized
food safety and sanitary issues for meat and meat products.
- Coursework included reviews of international standard setting bodies,
agricultural biotechnology, and government-industry participation in
ensuring food safety.
- Participants participated in several weeks of coursework involving all relevant U.S. regulatory agencies, followed by
site visits to processing facilities in Denver and Indianapolis.
program concluded with a visit to Chinese facilities in August to
apply the SPS principles learned and observed in the United States.
- Executive Training in SPS Administration (June 2007) – A
Vietnamese SPS Administration delegation completed two weeks of training
on U.S. regulatory roles, USTR trade policy coordination, and the
architecture of U.S. SPS Enquiry Point management for commenting on
foreign SPS measures and elevating issues to the WTO SPS Committee. FAS
will also seek to assist Vietnam's regulatory agencies to participate in
the October 2007 meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, of the WTO SPS
Committee and to attend a one-day workshop with all WTO Members on
meeting WTO transparency obligations.
Vietnam is emerging as a major agricultural export destination for the
United States. Total U.S. exports of forest, fishery and agricultural
products to Vietnam for the first quarter of 2007 reached $96 million,
nearly double the $55 million exported during the first quarter of 2006.
Total U.S. exports of forest, fishery, and agricultural to Vietnam in
2006 reached a record $287 million.