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Guyana and Haiti sign food security Memorandum of Understanding – 21st Mar 2013

mouGuyana will be utilizing the model of the Haitian National Traceability System, as part of its requirement to export agriculture produce to Europe, the United States and Canada.

This as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was penned earlier between the Guyana Government and Haitian President, Michel Martelly, who is on an official two-day visit to Georgetown.

The Traceability System will allow for the generation of barcodes, the definition of standards processing and packaging of agricultural products.

President Martelly said the two countries have long enjoyed strong bilateral relations and he wants to build on that.

Agriculture Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy said the signing of the MOU is crucial since it will form part of a traceability legislation Guyana is now developing, that deals with food safety. Ramsammy said at the moment, agricultural products from Guyana cannot enter the European market because of non-tariff barriers, which includes traceability.

The Minister said Haiti has just established a National Bureau of Standard and Guyana will be assisting the developing the unit, since Guyana was way ahead in regulating standards.

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