EU, Caribbean in accord to upgrade food export standards
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AFP) - The European Union agreed to spend US$15.7 million (S$19.6 million) on improving systems to ensure that Caribbean food exports meet international standards, officials said.
The EU Ambassador to Guyana, Mr Robert Kopecky, and the Director General of the Inter American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture, Mr Victor Villalobos, signed the agreement on the margins of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture, being held in Guyana.
"Nobody doubts the quality and organic nature of the products of the Caribbean but some bureaucratic procedures from the point of view of consumer protection aren't simply there," said Mr Kopecky.
He explained that proper sanitary and phytosanitary standards would ensure that the Caribbean could take adequate advantage of its Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU.