Joint workshop on WTO entry [Archives:2005/877/Local News]

September 15 2005

SANA'A- Sept.10- Minister of Water and Environment Dr. Mohamed Lutf al-Eriani and Mr. Thomas C. Krajeski, Ambassador of the United States to Yemen launched on Saturday a workshop under the title “Strengthening of National Enquiry Points and National Notification Authorities”.

The workshop focused on various issues including WTO members' sanitary and phytosanitary rights and duties, benefits of working with the private sector to reach compliance with international standards to better enable to export goods and a review of ways to ensure a viable interagency process is in place.

Mr. Krajeski expressed his hope that the workshop “would serve as a starting point for dialogue between Yemen and the United States in preparations for Yemen's WTO entry and bringing about a positive change in the economic and health sectors in both countries.”

The two-day workshop was organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Foods and Drugs Administration as part of a grant extended by the Middle East Partnership Initiative and the U.S. Department of State in cooperation with the concerned parties in the Yemeni government.