Monday, 2 November 2020
10:30-13:00 CET, Geneva
WTO SPS Committee Virtual Event


Seminar Opening Remarks: 

  • Ambassador Gloria Abraham, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the WTO

Challenges and Opportunities Facing Agriculture in the 21st Century

  • Ms. Beth Bechdol, Deputy Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Global Economic Impact of Missing and Low Pesticide MRLs

  • Dr. Robert Ahern, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative – MRLs, Sustainable Food Production, and Trade
  • Ms. Sabina Neumann, U.S. International Trade Commission – Presentation of Findings of Report: Global Economic Impact of Missing and Low Pesticide MRLs, Vol. 1

Producers Panel: Farmers’ Perspectives on the Main SPS Challenges for Food Production and Trade, Moderated by Ambassador Gloria Abraham

  • Mr. Sergio Laprade Coto, Environmental and Social Responsibility Coordinator, Agricultural Engineer, MSc, National Banana Corporation (CORBANA), Costa Rica
  • Ms. Deborah Piovan, President of the National Federation of Oil and Protein Crops of Confagricoltura, Italy
  • Mr. Okisegere Ojepat, CEO, Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya (FPC), Kenya
  • Mr. Jeroen Pasman, Commercial Director, The Fruit Republic, Vietnam
  • Discussion of Solutions and Concluding Remarks
  • H.E. Santiago Bertoni, Minister of Agriculture of Paraguay

There will be simultaneous interpretation in French, Spanish, and English

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