Pacific Regional Agricultural Market Access (PRAMA)
This programme is providing approximately US$16.58 million over four years (2009-13) to assist the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) meet the phytosanitary and sanitary requirements of their key trading partners. PRAMA is built around four core functions: (i) applied research; (ii) training; (iii) advocacy; and (iv) market access facilitation. It will assist PICs’ industry and governments to prioritise market access issues based on their respective competitive advantages, as well as provide technical assistance to meet market access requirements.
For more information: http://www.ausaid.gov.au/country/pacific/trade.cfm
Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Capacity Building Programme (SPSCBP)
The objective of this programme is to expand the capability of ASEAN focal countries to manage animal and plant health and implement SPS measures consistent with international standards. SPSCBP is funded by the Australian Government through AusAID to a total of US$3.87 million, and falls within AusAID’s objectives of improving the capacity of countries in South East Asia to cope with the institutional and regulatory requirements of the global trading system. The programme was launched in late 2004.
Trade Development Facility (TDF)59
This is a multi-donor trust fund supporting trade and investment in Laos. The programme provides technical assistance in five key areas: (i) trade facilitation; (ii) sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) and technical barriers to trade (TBT); (iii) export competitiveness and the business environment; (iv) capacity in trade policy, trade agreements, and global opportunities; and (v) the capacity of trade-related ministries and agencies. This project runs from 2008 to 2011. Other participating donors are the EC and the World Bank, the World Bank being the TDF’s trust fund manager.
For more information: http://www.ausaid.gov.au/country/country.cfm?CountryId=35