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The five-day forum focused on considering of public review feedback on the draft EAC staple foods standards in order to promote and increase cross border trade.
“Harmonized staples food standards in Africa will play a major role in promoting intra-African trade through removing technical barriers to trade hence ensuring food security on the continent,” Dr. Hermogene Nsengimana, secretary general, African Organization for Standardization (ARSO)
In 2013, the EAC countries agreed on the recommended moisture content for cereals and grains in the region in a bid deliver improved food security to its citizens through increased regional trade.
The meeting brought together technical experts and hands-on practitioners of the standards, representing both public and private sectors, from all EAC partner countries and beyond to consider the proposals received on the specific parameters of the Standards and adopt a common position on the standards.