By Azania Post Reporter
DEPUTY Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Stella Manyanya has commended the Burundian government for its decision to establish national authority responsible for food and drugs saying has would help improve regional economy.
Speaking to Burundian Parliamentarians recently in Dodoma, Manyanya said the implementation of the EAC Council decision by Burundi on the establishment of National Authority responsible for food and drugs will lay an equal play ground for the EAC Partner States in monitoring regulations harmonization.
Deputy Minister said establishment of National Authorities helps to minimize non-tariff barriers (NTBs).
“The commitment of the Republic of Burundi to implement the Council decision is a step forward to resolve some of the unnecessary NTBs in the region”, affirmed Manyanya.
Last month the East African Community Secretariat facilitated a four-day benchmarking visit for Burundi Parliamentarians to the Tanzania Food and Drug Authority (TFDA) and Ministries responsible for Health, Agriculture, and Trade in the United Republic of Tanzania, as part of the support to Burundi government to enable it fast-track the enactment and implementation of the Burundi National Pharmaceuticals Regulation Law that is currently before the Parliament of Burundi.
The benchmarking visit, was also part of the EAC Secretariat’s efforts to enable the Government of Burundi to establish and fully operationalize the Autorite’ Burundaise de Regulation des Medicaments et des Aliments (ABREMA) as public autonomous or semiautonomous body and legally designated to oversee effective regulation of food and medicinal products in the country in accordance to the regional and international best practices.
The 22-Member delegation, was led by Felix Niragira, MP and Burundi’s President of Justice and Human Rights Commission, and consists of Members of the Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, Environment and Community Development; Committee on Accounts, Finances, Economic Affairs and Planning; Committee on Justice and Human Rights; Committee on Social Affairs, Repatriation of Refugees, Equality and Fight against AIDS. Others include Technical Experts from the Ministries responsible for Health, Agriculture, Trade/Commerce and the Burundi National Bureau of Standards (BBN).