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Levels of advancement

IV­5 Equivalence and other types of sanitary agreements

The authority and capability of the VS to negotiate, implement and maintain equivalence and other

types of

sanitary

agreements

with

trading partners.

1.

The VS have neither the authority nor the capability to

negotiate or approve equivalence or other types of sanitary agreements with other countries. 2. The VS have the authority to negotiate and approve equivalence and other types of sanitary agreements with trading partners, but no such agreements have been implemented. 3. The VS have implemented equivalence and other types of sanitary agreements with trading partners on selected animals, animal products and processes. 4. The VS actively pursue the development, implementation and maintenance of equivalence and other types of sanitary agreements with trading partners on all matters relevant to animals, animal products and processes under their mandate. 5. The VS actively work with stakeholders and take account of developments in international standards, in pursuing equivalence and

other types of sanitary agreements with trading partners.

Results Strengths : Existing equivalence on movement of live animals (including game) and certain products between Botswana, South Africa and Namibia Weaknesses :

Supporting documentation (documents or photos): The equivalence agreement between Namibia, Botswana and South Africa is published by the VS and distributed to border posts and stakeholders. It is immediately modified and distributed upon changes in the health status of one of the countries. Detailed findings during visit: During the visit we witnessed the enforcement of the NamibiaBotswanaSouth Africa agreement which allows for a liberated flow of animal and animal products as long as the sanitary status for the three countries remains stable.

Priorities/Recommendations Short Term :

Medium / Long Term :

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