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Regional Launch of the Centre for Phytosanitary Excellence (COPE)


Date: 09/11/2010


The Centre of Phytosanitary Excellence for Africa (COPE), a joint venture by Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS, Kenya), the University of Nairobi (UoN, Kenya), and CABI (Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International, UK), will provide plant health – or phytosanitary – services to public and private clients so that they are able to comply with international phytosanitary standards and the legislative requirements of importing countries. COPE’s services include a range of training programmes in phytosanitary policy and practice, and a unit for applied pest risk analysis (PRA). The training will range from short in-service modules to full degree programmes and will make full use of the Centre’s plant inspection facility and information management system. The PRA unit will conduct pest risk analyses according to relevant international standards while supporting a network of African pest risk analysts. The development of COPE was funded by the Standards and Trade Development Facility of the World Trade Organization (STDF-WTO), the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), the Netherlands Plant Protection Service (NPPS-Netherlands), the Inter African Phytosanitary Council of the African Union and national plant health service providers in the East and Southern Africa. The launch of the Centre of phytosanitary excellence (COPE) took place simultaneously in Nairobi (Kenya), Lusaka (Zambia) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) on 27 October 2010.

(Source:; 01 November 2010)

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