Public-Private Partnerships

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Governments and the private sector are increasingly working together in the SPS area. Some of these Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) focus on joint efforts – at the international, regional, national and/or sub-national level – to address specific SPS capacity constraints and/or take advantage of market opportunities. Other PPPs are centred on co-regulatory approaches to SPS management.


Side-event on Public-Private Partnerships in a Value Chain Context - 2013

The Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade was held in Geneva, Switzerland on 8-10 July 2013 and aimed to examine strategies to connect developing country firms to international value chains, how to move up the value chain and discuss the associated development benefits in the context of the debate about the post-2015 development agenda. For more information on the Global Review, please see the WTO website.

The STDF, in collaboration with Canada and the Netherlands, held a side-event on 9 July 2013 at the Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade entitled "Public-Private Partnerships in a Value Chain Context".

The objective of this event was to present the work done by the North-South Institute (NSI) and the STDF on Trade and SPS related PPPs and to foster dialogue among public and private sector expert on key lessons learned and recommendations to enhance the future development and implementation of PPPs aiming to help developing countries in connecting to value chains.

In particular the following key questions were addressed:

  • What is the role and potential of PPPs in helping developing countries connect to value chains? What have been the experiences, challenges, innovations and results?
  • What role can and should different types of stakeholders (governments, private sector, development partners, etc.) play in facilitating PPPs in the context of connecting to value chains?
  • How can the longer-term sustainability of PPPs that seek the inclusion of smallholders in agricultural value chains be ensured

The side-event leaflet as well as the summary report of the meeting are available here.

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International Workshop on Public-Private Partnerships - 2010

The STDF, in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) and the World Bank Institute, organized an international workshop on the role of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in support of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) capacity in The Hague, The Netherlands in October 2010. The Workshop Leaflet can be accessed here.

The workshop was attended by representatives of public sector agencies in developed and developing countries, international and regional organizations, donors, the private sector (multinational companies, as well as other private sector associations and companies) and research/academic institutions. The workshop programme can be found here.

The STDF Secretariat continues to build on the outputs of this workshop and to disseminate the findings at related events.

STDF Briefing Note on Facilitating partnerships to enhance SPS capacity

The STDF Briefing Note No. 6 summarizes the key messages and conclusions emerging from the workshop held in The Hague, The Netherlands in 2010.

STDF publication on Public-Private Partnerships to enhance SPS capacity


This publication analyses the emergence, operation and performance of selected SPS-related partnerships between government agencies responsible for food safety, animal and plant health and/or trade and the private sector. It was prepared to raise awareness about the potential value and role of PPPs in enhancing SPS capacity and to provide practical guidance to facilitate and promote PPPs for SPS capacity development.