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STDF 69 - WTO     

Project title:

"IMPROVED CAPACITY FOR ENSURING THE QUALITY AND SAFETY OF YEMENI SEAFOOD PRODUCTS"

Sponsor:

Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF)

Implementing Agency:

Yemen Seafood Exporters Association (YSEA)

Supervisory Agency:

International Trade Centre (ITC)

Duration:

September 2005 – December 2009

Project objective:

To enable YSEA to develop the capacity of its members to better meet the commercial requirements of SPS measures and thereby improve the quality and safety of seafood products emerging from Yemen.  In particular to:

  • Raise the minimum standard of Yemeni seafood in terms of their quality and health in order to reduce the risk sometimes associated with these products and to improve opportunities for value adding;
  • Instill a greater understanding of export market needs and requirements so that Yemeni seafood producers can respond to these markets and maintain their competitiveness with other producers;
  • Enable YSEA to become an effective and proactive organisation that provides both the private and public sector with the information and resources to improve the quality of their products and ability to access key overseas markets. 

PROJECT COMPONENTS:

COMPONENT 1:  PRODUCT QUALITY AND SAFETY IMPROVEMENT
Overall objective: to raise the minimum standard of Yemeni seafood in terms of their quality and health in order to reduce the risk sometimes associated with these products and to improve opportunities for value adding. 

- Work Package 1.1: Apply risk assessment methodologies to Yemeni fish products
WP Objective: Using risk assessment methodology, to prepare a risk profile, prioritise areas requiring urgent attention for major fisheries products and estimate risk reduction that can be achieved through implementation of various risk management options. Suitable strategic responses to be prepared and communicated at an early stage.
- Work Package 1.2: Develop a SPS standard for all plants in Yemen producing fish for the domestic and international markets
WP Objective: an agreed SPS standard to which all exporters should aspire to adopt.  Verified adoption will allow members to carry the Yemeni seafood quality mark
- Work Package 1.3: Development of a Yemeni seafood quality mark
WP Objective: to create a premium Yemeni seafood mark that demonstrates quality and safety.
- Work Package 1.4: Develop a cross sector training strategy based on common standards
WP Objective: to harmonise the currently disparate training standards and to develop a pooled capacity for practical industry training to be coordinated by the Yemen Seafood Exporters Association.

COMPONENT 2: REDUCTION OF SPS BARRIERS TO MARKET ACCESS
Overall objective: to instill a greater understanding of export market needs and requirements so that Yemeni seafood producers can respond to these markets and maintain their competitiveness with other producers.

- Work Package 2.1: Develop a sector-wide SPS strategy for key Yemeni seafood markets
WP Objective: to better understand the seafood markets that are receptive to Yemeni seafood products and to develop a strategy that addresses the SPS requirements and barriers to these markets.
- Work Package 2.2: Compile a database of regional and international SPS regulations and requirements for periodic update and distribution
WP Objective: to provide exporters with an up-to-date, accessible and easy to use database of regional and international SPS regulations.
COMPONENT 3: ‘YSEA’ CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT
Overall Objective: to enable the YSEA to become an effective and proactive organisation that provides both the private and public sector with the information and resources to improve the quality of their products and ability to access key overseas markets. 
- Work Package 3.1: Support development of a vision, strategy and time-bound, costed action plan for the Association
WP Objective: based on a common vision and strategy, to prepare a time-bound action plan against which financial and physical resources can be identified and allocated. 
- Work Package 3.2: Develop an Association website
WP Objective: to (i) connect overseas buyers with Yemeni seafood producers and (ii) provide a resource area for YSEA members

Contacts:

Project Manager

Mr. Abdullah Al Kassadi

Mobile: +967777216076/+967733935755

 
YSEA Address

Al Zubairy street, Al matari building 6th floor
Sana’a, Republic of Yemen
Tel:       +9671279812
Fax       +9671279811
e- mail :  ysea@ y.net.ye
website : www.ysea-yemen.org


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