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Levels of advancement

III­3 Official representation

1.

The VS do not participate in or follow up on relevant

The capability of the VS to regularly and actively participate in, coordinate and provide follow up on relevant meetings of regional and international organisations including the OIE (and Codex Alimentarius Commission and WTO SPS Committee where applicable).

meetings of regional or international organisations.

2.

The VS sporadically participate in relevant meetings

and/or make a limited contribution.

3.

The VS actively participate5 in the majority of relevant

meetings.

4.

The VS consult with stakeholders and take into

consideration their opinions in providing papers and making interventions in relevant meetings. 5. The VS consult with stakeholders to ensure that strategic issues are identified, to provide leadership and to ensure coordination among national delegations as part of

their participation in relevant meetings.

Results Strengths : Active participation in technical committees on a regional level (SADC committees) Weaknesses : Although VS meets the terrestrial animal diseases notification obligations of OIE, it does not actively participate in the standard setting process of OIE and Codex Alimentarius While Namibia does participate in the WTOSPS process, there is no direct link between these representatives and the VS personnel. Supporting documentation (documents or photos):

Detailed findings during visit:

Priorities/Recommendations Short Term : Establish a subcommittee within the SADC network to participate in the standard setting process Establish a closer link with Namibian representatives to the WTOSPS Committee. Medium / Long Term :

Active participation refers to preparation in advance of, and contributing during the meetings in question, including exploring common solutions and generating proposals and compromises for possible adoption. 5

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