Embracing standards in Somaliland livestock export trade

Posted on: October 18th, 2012 by admin

Towards developing standards in livestock and livestock products export trade.

embracingThe Somaliland Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (SLCCIA). and the Somaliland Quality Control Commission (SQCC) with expert support from the Kenya Bureau Standards (KEBS), technical assistance from Terra Nuova and financial support from the Royal Danish Embassy in Nairobi have embarked on the process of developing standards for livestock and livestock products exported from Somaliland.

It is expected that within a period of three years starting June 2012, three broad groups of standards as defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will be developed. The standards will cover live animals (cattle, sheep, goats and camels) and livestock products (hides and skins).

Types of standards to be developed

Three types of standards will be developed, namely:

  1. Product standards for live animals, hides and skins: These are the standards that will define the technical specifications for the different types of grades of live animals, hides and skins exported from Somaliland.

  1. Process standards. These will be the standardscomprising recommendations for accepted good practice (Codes of Practice) to be followed by traders and other market actors between the source market and the port of exit.

  2. Management systems. These will be standards that will assist selected industry players along the market chain to run their operations and create a framework within which the requirements of product and process standards will be consistently met. These management systems are often referred to as meta-standards; with an example being the ISO 9000 series of quality standards. The players to be initially targeted will be the quarantine stations. Even though these types of standards may not be attained within the three-year period, sufficient ground will be set for accomplishment in the medium term.

Regulatory framework to support the developed standards

The SLCCIA acknowledges that currently, there is no regulatory framework in which to anchor the standards that are to be developed. Therefore, the SLCCIA will work closely with the SQCC, the Ministries of Livestock and Commerce, the KEBS and Terra Nuova in order to develop a regulatory framework that will provide for auditing, oversight and enforcement of the developed standards. Even though the enactment of the developed framework into a Standards Act of Parliament to entrench the establishment of the SQCC into law is not foreseen in the next three years, sufficient awareness will be created that will lay the foundation for recognition of the SQCC by the International Standardization Organization (ISO).

 

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