The Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) of Bangladesh had provided an excellent opportunity to know the status of phytosanitary system in Bangladesh and to identify gaps in regulatory, technical, financial and administrative components though an active stakeholder participation in a very comprehensive and structured manner. The PCE exercise was undertaken with all the 13 modules of International Plant protection Convention (IPPC). The exercise which did take time and energy was eventually very useful in giving a holistic view of the phytosanitary scenario. The process was implemented through consensus amongst concerned stakeholders (public and private) to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the phytosanitary system.
The PCE has clearly highlighted various domains of the phytosanitary system where in there are some strengths but huge gaps in complying with the SPS Agreement of WTO by Bangladesh. Based on the gaps or weaknesses observed the areas to be addressed are deduced at activity and generic level. The details were recorded in the project report submitted to FAS/USDA by the Consultant earlier on 10 May,2018.