July 1, 2019
On June 20, 2019, the IGTC Management Council approved new policy
priorities related to low level presence (LLP) and plant breeding innovation
In the new LLP policy, IGTC recommends that that:
- Governments recognize the economic
contribution of the grain trade as a crucial component of global food security.
- Exporting and importing governments
must work together to improve synchronization of genetically modified (GM)
- Where synchronization of regulatory
approvals is not possible, importing governments should consider pragmatic and
trade-facilitative LLP policies.
- The Global Level Presence Initiative
(GLI) strengthens and expands its membership, in order to forge solutions that
have the buy-in of all countries which participate in the grain trade.
- LLP Policies should entail segments
of the value chain to be fully responsible for the commercial activities under
their respective remit.
- Regulatory approval of GM events is
a critical component to LLP policy and implementation.
The Management Council also approved
principals for PBI information-sharing that include the following:
- Frequency of Information-Sharing
- Initial Consultation -
Information-sharing dialogue be initiated as early as possible during the
pre-market development and well in advance of the anticipated commercial
- Subsequent Consultation - Ongoing
consultations should occur as developments warrant.
- Opportunities for Joint
- Identify opportunities to engage
jointly with national governments, as appropriate
discuss plant breeding innovation at the national and regional levels with
consumer groups and food and feed manufacturers and processors to identify
information needs and foster consumer acceptance.
- Facilitation of Information-Sharing
Between IGTC and ISF - IGTC members, as well as other relevant organizations
and companies with which they have working relationships) are encouraged to
convey information obtained during national and regional information sharing exchanges in a timely manner with the
IGTC Secretariat. to share information with the grain trade globally.
The IGTC Management Council will
hold a call on July 25, 2019 to discuss IGTC governance.