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Codex tools workshop highlights need for effective preparation


The two-day Regional Technical Workshop for National Codex Contact Points held in Nairobi, Kenya 6-7 February 2018 brought together participants from close to 25 African countries. Staff from the Codex Secretariat delivered a training course to help staff working in national Codex systems participate in the Codex international standard-setting environment.  Participants learnt how to navigate the new Codex website and worked with online web tools such as the Online Registration System (ORS); the Online Commenting System (OCS); and the Digital platform for Electronic Working Groups.

Participants had the opportunity to work hands-on with the tools and question directly the staff in the Codex Secretariat who manage and work on these systems.

Codex Workshop Nairobi 2018

Participants from South Sudan analyse the Codex step process


The series of workshops planned for each Codex region aim to have a direct impact on the operational capacity of countries to work within the standard-setting process. Enhanced familiarity and confidence with how systems operate can translate directly into building stronger national Codex systems – the first step in achieving effective participation in Codex.

What was the impact of the workshop?

During the workshop, participants were invited to comment on the event. The video above has captured their thoughts on the importance of the training, how it will benefit work at the country level and advice for future participantsin this series of regional initiatives.

Codex Workshop Nairobi 2018

The Codex workshop was addressed by Dr Andrew K Tuimur Principal Secretary State Department for Livestock at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Kenya. (centre)