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Levels of advancement

IV­1 Preparation legislation regulations, implementation regulations

of and and of

The authority and capability of the VS to actively participate in the preparation of national legislation and regulations, and to implement animal health and food safety regulations for animals, animal products and processes under their mandate.

1.

The VS have neither the authority nor the capability to

participate in the preparation of national legislation and regulations, and implement resultant regulations. 2. The VS have the authority and the capability to participate in the preparation of national legislation and regulations, but cannot implement resultant regulations nationally. 3. The VS have the authority and the capability to participate in the preparation of national legislation and regulations, and to implement resultant regulations nationally. 4. The VS consult their stakeholders in participating in the preparation of national legislation and regulations, and in

implementing regulations to meet national needs.

5.

The

VS

consult

their

stakeholders

in

implementing

regulations to meet international trade needs.

Results Strengths : VS had the opportunity to participate in the drafting of Act 13 of 2003 and will be involved in the preparation of regulations implementing this act The regulations required for implementing a certain act can be prepared by VS with the consultation of stakeholders and the approval of the Minister of Agriculture Weaknesses : Political process for drafting and implementing regulations is slow and therefore new Act will not be quickly enforceable. Supporting documentation (documents or photos):

Detailed findings during visit: Regulations are drafted by the VS, then sent for legal consultation, circulated for stakeholder comments, then “gazetted” (published), requiring only Minister of Agriculture. For a law, the same mechanism as for regulations is in place, however, a law must also meet the approval of parliament, and therefore the process is much longer. The latest example is an Animal Health Bill, which will be a law in the near future and which used Namibian technical experts to ensure compliance with SPS/OIE guidelines. Currently it is still missing regulations to support the implementation of the act.

Priorities/Recommendations Short Term :

Medium / Long Term :

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