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Vietnam Food Safety and Agricultural Health Action Plan

By The World Bank

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Book Id: WPLBN0000196770
Format Type: PDF eBook
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Vietnam Food Safety and Agricultural Health Action Plan  
Author: The World Bank
Language: English
Subject: Economics, Finance & business, World Bank.
Collections: Economics Publications Collection
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Publisher: The World Bank


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Increased domestic and export market access to high quality food products is critical for the diversification of Vietnam?s agricultural sector and therefore essential for sustaining rural economic growth and reducing poverty. The growing importance of perishable foods requires increased attention to agricultural health and food safety issues to ensure international and domestic food market access. Improving food safety and agricultural health is in line with the main themes of Vietnam?s Comprehensive Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy (CPRGS), as it would directly: (i) facilitate ?high growth through the transition to the market economy? (theme 1); (ii) support rural economic growth, and thus directly contribute to ?equitable and sustainable patterns of growth? (theme 2); and (iii) support ?modern public administration, legal and governance systems? (theme 3). Within this framework, the Government of Vietnam (GOVN) has requested World Bank assistance in the preparation of an Action Plan for Food Safety and Agricultural Health. This Action Plan is the result of a close cooperation between the Government of Vietnam, local institutions, and international donor organizations. An initial mission from the World Bank visited Vietnam in February 2004 and prepared a diagnostic report titled ?Standards, the WTO and Economic Development in Vietnam: Challenges and Opportunities.? This report provided a general assessment of the SPS and TBT systems in Vietnam, examined the consistency of these systems with the country?s WTO obligations, and highlighted a number of urgent issues related to TBT and SPS issues to be addressed with regard to WTO accession. In further discussions between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the World Bank, it was decided that a more action-oriented plan would provide all stakeholders involved in crossborder trade relating to food safety and agricultural health with a concrete set of priorities for eventual policy and regulatory changes and for the public sector investments needed to increase international market access and, thus, to meet the objectives set in the Government?s export-oriented development strategy, as prescribed in the 2006 ? 2010 Five-Year Plan. A scoping mission then visited Vietnam in October 2004. Its members confirmed these initial discussions and agreed that the Action Plan would cover short-term and medium-term priorities, public and private sector needs, and food safety and agricultural health issues related to imports and exports. It was acknowledged that these focus areas constitute only a part of the overall quality management and competitiveness requirements and that other measures, such as overall quality management and reliability of supply, are also critical to gain international market access. It was agreed, furthermore, that the plan?s primary focus would be on fruits, vegetables, and livestock food stuffs, with some lesser attention paid to the fisheries sector, as the latter has already benefited over the last decade from extensive support, which has achieved an excellent track record. The main mission to prepare the Action Plan took place between March 2 and March 18, 2005, and consisted of Mr. Dzung The Nguyen, as the overall task team leader, with specific responsibility for addressing institutional and general development issues; Mr. Cees de Haan, coordinator of the study and specifically responsible for issues relating to the animal health sector; Mr. Don Husnik, assessor of the plant protection sector; Ms. Clare Narrod, covering trade and risk analysis issues; Mr. Leo Hagedoorn, concentrating on the food safety sector; and Ms. Laura Ignacio, focusing on general economics and statistics.


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