Improved Sanitary and Phytosanitary Handling in Greater Mekong Subregion Trade Project (ADB Loan 2873-CAM)
The technical rationale for the project was derived from the GMS Regional Cooperation Strategy and Program, with a focus on connectivity and improved competitiveness in promoting trade between GMS countries, and from the recent GMS SPS Action Plan.
The Project aimed to strengthen institutions and operational and management capacities in the area of SPS measures in Cambodia and enhance capacities needed for operating cost-effective SPS systems that facilitate trade and protect plant, animal and human health. The Project focused on Cambodia’s trade in agriculture, food and forest (AFF) products for which SPS measures for plant health, animal health, and food safety apply. The Project aimed to establish, strengthen and implement:
- Surveillance and inspection programs for plant health, animal health and food safety;
- Regional cooperation and harmonization for SPS; and,
- Enhanced education levels and university training of SPS specialists.
It selectively strengthened food safety handling capacities of private enterprises in the Cambodian tourist industry.
The intended impact of the Project was for Cambodia’s AFF products to be: safer; more efficiently produced; and traded in greater quantities. The outcome of the Project was an enhanced SPS management system in Cambodia.