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Government of Belize : Application of the Multi-Criteria Decision-Making Framework in Belize

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08/17/2012 | 06:49pm EST


BELIZE PRESS OFFICE

?Phone: 822-0094 or 0092 ?Fax: 822-2671 ? website: www.belize.gov.bz Application of the Multi-Criteria Decision-Making Framework in Belize Validation Workshop

Belmopan, 17th August, 2012. The Belize Agricultural Health Authority hereby informs the general public of a Validation Workshop that it will be hosting on August 20, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the George Price Centre for Peace and Development.
This workshop is a follow-up to the first workshop held on May 03 2012, where stakeholders identified potential agricultural commodities for the export market and in addition explored the food safety; plant and animal health requirements that Belizean products would need to comply with it in order to access foreign markets. The feedback from stakeholders was then fed into an evaluation tool that would assist BAHA in identifying the areas where the respective industries and the Authority need to build capacity in order to expand the current export base.
The evaluation tool, known as the Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) Framework is being applied in Belize in collaboration with the Standard Trade and Development Facility (STDF) of the World Trade Organization, who provided a grant of $30,000 USD to apply the MCDA Framework.
The tool utilizes a structured process for the setting of priorities, within a multi-disciplinary scenario, where all the respective needs for building sanitary (human and animal health) and phytosanitary (plant health) capacity rely heavily on the same pool of resources.
It is expected that the application of the MCDA framework will enable Belize to prioritize specific SPS options in the context of resource constraints. The information generated through this process will be used by BAHA to inform SPS-related planning, for decision-making and for the allocation of resources. It will also be used as background information in seeking technical assistance and funding from donors and development partners (including funds available under the Economic Partnership Agreement and Aid for Trade).
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) is applying the MCDA framework in collaboration with concerned public and private sector stakeholders, and with the support of an international consultant. It is expected that the results of the application of this framework will be available before October 2012.

For further details please contact:

Delilah A. Cabb M.Sc. Coordinator

Sanitary and Phytosanitary Enquiry Point

Belize Agricultural Health Authority Central Farm, Cayo District, Belize Central America

Tel: 501-824-4899 or 501-824-4872

Fax: 501-824-3773 or 501-824-4889

E-mail: bahasps@btl.net or DelilahCabb@gmail.com

Website: www.baha.bz

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