Eritrea: Ministry of Agriculture Conducts a National Workshop for Launching Codex Trust Fund Project in Eritrea

The Ministry of Agriculture jointly with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative in Eritrea conducted a National Workshop to Launch Codex Trust Fund Project in Eritrea on the 2nd of June, 2023 under the theme; “Food Standards save life”. During the workshop which was attended by senior government officials, representatives of UN organizations and diplomatic corps, experts, food processors and the like, the Minister of Agriculture Mr. Arefaine Berhe pointed out that the main goal of the three-year project is to enhance the profile, management, knowledge of Codex work in Eritrea. He confirmed that the Ministry will extend full support to the implementation of the project to achieve the intended goal.

In his remarks, Mr. Arefaine stressed the importance of a harmonized national policy frameworks that can avoid the duplication of efforts, while at the same time enhancing the achievement of maximum utilization of resources in avery rational cost-effective way. In this regard, the Ministries of Agriculture; Marine Resources; Health; Trade and Industry; Land, water and Environment and Eritrean Standards Institution are expected to play their due roles; the Minister underscored.

Minister Arefaine finally emphasized the need for close work relationship with the Codex Alimentarius to enhance the country’s capacity on developing appropriate national food safety standards. Food and Agriculture Organization Representative in Eritrea, Ms. Esther Lusepani on her part mentioned that Codex Alimentarius was established by the FAO and WHO in 1963 to address consumers’ protection and fair practices in Food Trade. Eritrea became a member of Codex Alimentarius in 1996 and the workshop was held to deepen awareness among the different stakeholders and the population in general.