January Issue 1 2013

GLOBALG.A.P new Website
Recently GLOBALG.A.P. has launched a new website where they have only listed benchmarked standards that have already been successfully benchmarked. The new and the old websites are running concurrently. In the new website, GLOBALG.A.P does not distinguish anymore between provisionally approved standards (standards which have been successfully benchmarked, but have not yet provided proof that at least one CB has been successfully accredited for the respective standard) and fully approved standards (standards where proof of accreditation has been provided for at least one CB) as they did on their old website.

The GLOBALG.A.P. secretariat is still working the new document center and is yet to switch off the old website, even though they do not update it anymore as the new website is now the reference. The old website will be switched off by end of January 2013.
In this regard, the Kenya Flower Council is requesting its members and other interested parties to use the new website that has current information. The members should also inform their customers incase there is need to do so.
Please see links below:

http://www2.globalgap.org/prov_app_detail.html?ItemID=200”

http://www2.globalgap.org/prov_app_stand.html

 

Selecting a National Flower of Kenya
Kenya does not currently have an official national flower. In this regard, the Ministry for Environment and Mineral Resources organized a stakeholders meeting on 20th December 2012 to develop a roadmap for selecting the national flower of Kenya. The meeting was chaired by the Permanent Secretary Mr. Ali Mohamed, CBS.
In his brief, the PS said Nature is a fundamental pillar of Kenya’s culture, economic development and national pride hence the initiation of the process that will lead to the adoption of a national floral emblem in Kenya.
The national floral emblem will help unite the people of Kenya and enable the country to better identify with the many cultural, spiritual and economic benefits that nature provides.
During the meeting a team to look at the terms of reference was formed where they are supposed to have completed by 4th January 2013. Brand Kenya Board will assist in crafting the communication that will be put on electronic and print media. The Ministry will also start the discussion on social media to collect suggestions. It was also suggested that an exhibition be organized and a team of experts to assist in selecting the flower.
Stakeholders to be involved in the whole process include, Kenya Flower Council, Kenya Wildlife |Service, MEMR, National Museum of Kenya, Ministry of Education, NEMA, Brand Kenya Board, KEFRI, among others. KFC contributions will be key due to its commercial aspect.
Kindly submit your suggestions on which flower could be the National Flower of Kenya to kfc@wananchi.com

 

KFC audited by SANAS

South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) did a Re-assessment audit on the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) on 10th and 11th December 2012. Part of this assessment took place at the Oserian Development company ltd on 10th December 2012. The Assessment Experts were:
• F. Beneke – Interlock –Lead Assessor
• D. Kirui – Kenya Bureau of Standards
• L. Korsten – Proffessor University of Pretoria
The surveillance audit to KFC as a Certification Body was against ISO / IEC Guide 65 – Product Certification standard. KFC was given continued accreditation according to the amended schedule of accreditation subject to the effective clearance of the findings raised based on a root cause analysis; within the agreed time frame. The assessors also indicated that they observed positive attitude and interest to maintain the standard which they commended.

 

Kepsa Hosts Private & Public Leaders during the Speakers Round Table in Mombasa

Kepsa’s legislative engagements of 2012 ended on a high note when they hosted the last Speakers Round Table – Parliament forum before the March 2013 elections at Leisure Lodge Resort in Diani, Mombasa on 17th December 2012. The Kenya Flower Council a member of Kepsa, attended the event. The theme of the forum was “The Nation and Election preparedness; the role of public and private leadership”.

AGREED ACTIONS:

1. Key leadership:
a. The country needs physical and emotional healing leading to social healing and national cohesion;
b. Leaders need to unite and not divide the nation. Leadership of the country should not be about politicians and/or Communities. All of us have important roles and responsibilities to play in all quarters: private sector, media, diplomatic core, civil society among others;
c. Political parties and leaders carry the greatest responsibility for instructing candidates about the need for reducing tensions.

2. Security leadership:
a. The country’s intelligence system, police service and other security organs should act swiftly to curb any perpetrators;
b. Security operators in the country should be strengthened and have it fully prepared and non-partisan to guarantee security before, during and after election. The military should be on standby to reinforce police service. The government must invest sufficient resources to enhance police service;
c. There is realignment of insecurity hotspots based on coalitions being formed. Security apparatus should be alive to this trend and rotate their antennas.

3. Legal leadership:
a. Stern legal actions must be taken against perpetrators of hate speech. Use of inflammatory language during campaigns has potential to stock animosity and spark violence;
b. Need to heighten voter and civic education which will enable Kenyans to understand why they need to vote and what to expect from leaders they have voted for;
c. The Judiciary should inspire confidence in Kenyans so that election-related disputes can be addressed satisfactorily through legal channels. The CJ has done a good job so far in establishing a Special Court;
d. Protection of critical data and information from being accessed publicly;
e. Some critical laws have been made in such a hurry which might result to ineffective implementation;
f. Addressing administrative bottlenecks that IEBC may face to mar a peaceful voting process – we can take cue from Ghana;
g. Identification of sources of information posted on the social media as the ICT has become instrumental in elections and voting process;
h. Regulation of the internet by African countries – key stakeholders should be involved in cybercrime control;
i. Freedom for the public to report malpractices by the mass media.

This forum brought together Members of Parliament, business leaders and leaders of key institutions including the Judiciary, State Law Office, TJRC, CIC, IEBC, NCIC, the Kenya Police Service, registrar of political parties, NESC, Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat, Centre for Multi-Party Democracy among others.

 

EU-WTO: Commission proposal for improved rules to enforce EU rights under international trade agreements
On 18th December the Commission proposed to the European Commission and the European Parliament a new framework to enhance the EU’s ability to enforce its rights in the international trading system. Ensuring the EU’s trade partners respect the agreed trade rules is essential to make trade agreements work for the EU economy. The proposal covers the EU’s trade responses in cases of illegal trade measures in other countries, and it will allow effective action to safeguard the interests of EU companies and workers.
The proposal is for a framework to enable the Commission to take executive action when the trade interests of the EU are at stake, rather than reacting on a case by case basis when the EU rights are not respected. Today’s proposal would allow the EU to implement trade responses in a more streamlined, efficient manner in order to encourage the offending country to remove the illegal measures.
The Commission is proposing a Regulation to establish a clear and predictable framework for adopting implementing acts following international trade disputes that have a negative economic impact on the EU. In cases of last resort, trade sanctions can be put in place to encourage the offending country to remove illegal measures.
Action could also be taken to compensate for import restrictions that be imposed on EU products in exceptional situations (so-called safeguard measures), or to react to cases where a WTO member country changes its trade regime in a way that negatively affects EU trade (such as raising its import tariffs) without adequate compensation.
Such implementation acts can only be taken under certain well-defined conditions and might take the form of new or increased customs duties or quotas on imports or exports of goods, among other possible measures.
The proposal is for an EU Regulation of the Council and the European Parliament and will now be discussed by the Council and the European Parliament under the ordinary legislative procedure.
Source: European Commission

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