The Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) will hold its 2nd Annual Conference in Singapore on 12-13 December to discuss the challenges of international food safety, with a focus on China, and future plans to scale up and shape the world’s response to food safety challenges.

Facilitated by the World Bank, the GFSP provides a unique collaborative platform for the private and public sectors to work together to improve global food safety and address global gaps in food safety capacity building. The GFSP was launched in Paris in December 2012 and has been focused on strengthening food safety capacity building efforts at both the global and regional levels.

The GFSP has attracted sizable contributions from Governments, private companies and the World Bank since its establishment, and aims to raise $45 million to support a five-year work plan. These contributions have funded a range of innovative capacity building activities, including laboratory training.

At this year’s conference, representatives from private companies, international organisations, trade associations, academic institutions and non-governmental groups will gather for discussions and presentations relating to the development and progress of the GFSP Working Groups, the GFSP Multi-Donor Trust Fund and the key activities in the 2014 work programme.

The World Bank team, which will be led by Mr Juergen Voegele, Director of the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department at World Bank, will also moderate panel discussions on the status of the GFSP during the two-day conference.

FIA Executive Director, Bev Postma, said that the conference will provide insights on the progress and achievements of the GFSP over the past year as well as the partnership’s key focus for the upcoming year.

“The GFSP has made significant progress over the past year in addressing gaps in global capacity building in food safety and promoting food standards globally. It provides an ideal platform to support training and capacity building for manufacturers, suppliers and farmers, and for supporting the public sector that supervises and regulates the global and domestic food industry.

“FIA is proud to be part of the GFSP and to support this conference,” she said.

The conference will be held at the Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore. To register for the conference, please click here. A copy of the programme and the conference is available here.

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