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Globalisation Opens Opportunities: Khan

Globalisation of trade in agriculture products brings opportunities and risk, according to Biosecurity Authority of Fiji executive chairman Xavier Riyaz Khan. “On the one hand, it generates wealth in countries
18 Sep 2016 08:10
Globalisation Opens Opportunities: Khan
Sitting (L-R):Joann Young, Assistant Food and Agriculture Authority Representative-United Nations, David Kolitagane, Permanent Secretarty of Ministry of Public Enterprises, Xavier Riyaz Khan, Executive Chairman, Biosecurity Authority of Fiji with Representatives from various stakeholders at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Suva yesterday. Photo Credit-BAF

Globalisation of trade in agriculture products brings opportunities and risk, according to Biosecurity Authority of Fiji executive chairman Xavier Riyaz Khan.

“On the one hand, it generates wealth in countries exporting their produce to foreign markets and brings that produce to the tables of consumers in faraway lands,” Mr Khan said.

Mr Khan was speaking at the stakeholder consultation meeting held on Friday at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Suva.

He also highlighted on the new pathways for pests and diseases that can damage natural resources with accompanying economic and environmental consequences.

“In order to capture those opportunities and manage risk, there is an increasing recognition of the need to integrate and improve coordination of regulatory activities designed to protect human, animal and plant life, health and environment,” he said.

The main goal of the consultation was to review the BAF legislation and to get feedback from the relevant authorities.

The consultation will not only review the biosecurity legislation but also align it with World Trade Organisation standards.

Mr Khan said the consultation was a milestone for BAF as it reflected the organisation’s commitment to create a modern regulatory framework that was aligned to international standards and increased collaboration between BAF and its stakeholders.

The same sentiment was echoed by Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Public Enterprises, David Kolitagane.

Mr Kolitagane said to effectively manage Fiji’s biosecurity risks; the biosecurity legislative framework must consider how to manage incursions at the border and when they were already in the country.

He also thanked the Food and Agriculture Organisation for providing technical assistance during the review of biosecurity legislation.

Representatives from various government organisations, statutory bodies, consumer organisations, exporters and importers were present at the consultation.

Feedback from Friday’s consultation will improve the new biosecurity model in order to have a robust Biosecurity legislation for Fiji.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

 

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