The 2013/10/13 at 17:56
International Business and Agriculture Ministries combine their strengths in a big project : international export of food-processing. Almost one year ago, the 22nd of october 2012, government established the seventh priority actions to support internationalising french companies. Around these actions, 35 measures from the Asian Comity report had been set by Nicole Bricq, International Business ministry, and Guillaume Garot, Agriculture ministry, borned by working group reflexion from last January and July. "The goal the Asian Comity has fixed to itself is not to make yet another report with proposals, but well identifying some actions which may be applied quickly." specifies the Asian Comity report.
The final report of this committee proposes first to work for constituting a French-Chinese food-processing association, inspired by the model of French-Russian Association on the same sector, and adapting it to the actual context.
The goal is to create an office which could make the link between authorities and professionnals, between China (as this market is the main target) and France. The main aim is to become a major actor for professionals for negotiations and also for market approach operations. According to the intended purpose, this structure would like to be started before the end of 2013.
In the midst of the most concrete measures, the availability of a support tool for exports allows to inform operators. The network system Expa@don has to be modernized. A 2.0 version called Exp@don2 should be available on early 2015. The Asian Comity asks for the implication of professionnals in order to develop this software, according they will be the major users. A working group will be formed for this aim.
Sanitary and phytosanitary barriers (SPS) concern almost 3/4 of global food-processing trade (value measure). In France, almost half products are concerned. Uniform standards, written by World Organisation for Animal Health, by international Convention for vegetable protection, and by the Codex alimentarius, stand for the recognition of the original country's sanitary system: exceptions have to be justified.
Par conséquent, le rapport préconise “la mise en réseau des moyens humains : les représentants des interprofessions – quand ils existent – peuvent ainsi collaborer avec les services de l’Etat (Services économiques, et particulièrement les Conseillers agricoles et vétérinaires) pour suivre les modifications règlementaires, analyser celles-ci, construire une proposition alternative, etc., et in fine limiter les contraintes imposées aux exportations.”
Consequently, the report advocates " the networking of human resources : the representatives of joint-trade organizations - when they are - can collaborate with State recourses (Economic services, and focusing on agricultural and veterinary Councillors) to be informed about changes in regulations, analyzing them, building an alternative proposal, etc… and limiting constraints imposed on export.
Opening a new market often goes through sending foreign delegation to acknowledge the french SPS system or to approve locations (slaughterhouse, cutting plant, groves, factories, etc…). A joint training between State services and professionals have already started in 2013, in order to organize in the best the welcome of foreign delegations.
Finally, the report recommends to every organization which are not registered as observers to WTO to encourage public authorities and professionals in finding an articulation with the Codex, which will give to these resolutions juridical force and a world cover which are still missing nowadays.