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CCNE region to come together under the leadership of the new Regional Coordinator


On 7 April 2021 the Members of the CCNE region will come together virtually for an informal meeting under the direction of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, confirmed as the new Regional Coordinator at CAC43.

The meeting aims to review the ongoing work of CCNE and strengthen communication and collaboration on Codex work across the region. Virtual meetings have become a valuable tool to maintaining contact with Codex members and observers during the ongoing pandemic and ensuring that the work of Codex continues to progress.

“As Regional Coordinator we are looking forward to working with the CCNE Members to strengthen collaboration and participation in Codex work from our Region. This meeting is a first step in that direction,” said Mr Moosa Al-Faifi of the Saudi Arabian Food and Drug Authority. Mr Al-Faifi is leading the Saudi Arabian Secretariat for the next CCNE and will serve as Chairperson of CCNE11.

"When countries collaborate and actively participate in the work of the Commission and its subsidiary bodies, then Codex can fulfil its mission to protect consumer health and promote fair practices in the food trade," said Sarah Cahill, Senior Food Standards Officer "At this time of global pandemic, these virtual meetings serve as a bridge between countries and present a unique opportunity for Members and Observers to share ideas and address current challenges”.

The Regional Coordinating Committee for the Near East, was established in 1999 by the 23rd session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and currently brings together 17 countries in the Near East Region (for FAO) and the Eastern Mediterranean Region (for WHO).


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Programme available in English and Arabic.

Register for the informal meeting