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Chisinau, Moldova, March 27, 2014
—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is launching a new initiative to help Moldovan food producers enhance their food safety management practices, develop the country’s food processing industry, and open doors to new export markets.
On Friday, more than 50 policy makers, industry experts, food producers, and retailers gathered at a workshop in Chisinau, the first educational event on modern food safety management systems in the country. The IFC-organized event emphasized the importance of good food safety regulations, presented current and emerging trends on food safety, and addressed the issue of third party certification for producers.
“Agriculture is a key sector for the Moldovan economy – food accounts for about two-thirds of our exports,” said Sergiu Ghetiu, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry. “Yet we want to increase exports and open new markets for our producers. We hope that with IFC’s help we can learn from the experiences of our neighbors and colleagues around the world.”
IFC Advisory Services has helped the Moldovan government streamline regulations for agribusiness since 2011. The advisory teams will now also work at an individual company level, offering in-depth analysis on how to improve food safety management systems, and support educational events to raise awareness.
“We are expanding our advisory work on food safety in Moldova,” said Sarah Ockman, head of IFC’s Agribusiness Standards Advisory Program in Europe and Central Asia. “We will work with individual food producers and retailers to help them reduce costs and drive sales. That work builds on our experience in other countries in the region where we helped small local players grow and create new opportunities.”
Moldova is aspiring to open its agribusiness sector to European Union markets. Over the past several years the World Bank Group’s Investment Climate team has supported the government in reforming and simplifying the food safety framework. IFC also helps client companies implement HACCP, an internationally recognized food safety management system, and works with governments and industry experts to build local capacity through training programs and workshops.
IFC’s advisory work on improving food safety practices, reforming regulations, and improving the business environment in the agribusiness sector is supported by Austria, the Netherlands and Sweden.
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