Implementing Sanitary & Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement for a Better Agribusiness in Latin America and Caribbean Countries (Stage B), 2nd edition

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Course direction:

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) (, through its Integration and Trade Sector.


Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) (, through its Integration and Trade Sector in collaboration with The Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL) (

In collaboration with:

The Inter-American Institute for Economic and Social Development (INDES) ( Contributes to the pedagogical review of the materials and tutor's training.

The Center for Distance Foundation for Economic and Technological Development (CEDDET) ( Works in the academic monitoring of the participants through their virtual learning platform.

World Trade Organization (WTO) (


General objective:

  • To provide expertise on the general principles of the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Agreement of the World Trade Organization and its execution in countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Specific objectives:

  • To deepen the implementation of the Basic Principles of the SPM Agreement of the WTO.
  • To develop an interactive course that includes innovative and practical elements (such as the SPM Committee Guidelines of the WTO, country experiences, SPM databases).
  • To made Modules available that make a special reference to practical cases in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • To encourage the interaction of national civil servants of the region, the exchange of experiences and the analysis of SPM implementation cases by means of the E-learning course.


The course will last four teaching weeks (plus one week for Module 0 and one week for retakes) organised in weekly modules.

Course dates: from October 30 to December 10, 2017 (6 weeks).

Teaching weeks: 4 weeks.

Target audience:

This course is only open to participants who have been invited to take part by the Directing Body.

45 participants will be selected. Your profile will correspond broadly with officials of the competent authorities in the field of animal health, plant health and safety that have direct involvement in the creation and implementation of sanitary measures for products subject to international trade.

The participants should be at least a Bachelor´s Degree and/or posse five (5) years of experience in Agronomist, Veterinarian, Bachelor Food, Law or related field. It is advisable three years’ work experience related to policy issues in animal/plant/food safety oriented international trade (imports-exports) of animals, plants and food.

Price for the general public:

The price for participants without a grant is 3000 USD.

However, in order to contribute to modernisation and institution building in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has provided 45 grants for all Latin American and Caribbean participants who pass the selection process.

Course methodology:

The number of participants is 45, and all participants start and finish the course at the same time. During this period, the participants will have to participate in an online discussion forum, answer quizzes and resolve case studies. Furthermore, the participants will be monitored weekly to evaluate their participation in the activities and the level of knowledge acquired.

Teaching Team:   

Course director:

  • Gustavo Idigoras.

Gustavo Idigoras has a degree on political sciences and a master degree on international affairs and business and a PhD in Agricultural Business Administration. He is also International Consultant on SPS and agriculture trade. Gustavo is Director of Center of Studies for Agrifood Sector, National University of Lomas de Zamora, publishing several studies on food supply, private standards, international market access, biotechnology, food safety and markets and others topics.He has regional experiences, since he was for three year Head of International Technical Assistance Team at “EU-MERCOSUR SPS Harmonization Project working in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. He was Minister Counselor Agricola Argentina to the EU Representative, and at FAO, OECD, WTO, and other forums. Former National Director of Markets, Ministry of Agriculture and Former Director of International Affairs of SENASA Argentina.



  • Roxana Blasetti

Master Degree in Latin American Integration Policy. Lawyer. Deputy Director of the “Specialization in Agribusiness Negotiations and International Trade” Buenos Aires University. Professor: La Plata University; FLACSO University; Republic University, Uruguay. Associate Researcher of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies on Industrial Property and Economics Law (CEIDIE), Buenos Aires University, Argentina.

Former National Director of Agribusiness International Relations, Ministry of Agribusiness of Argentina. Official delegate in the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) since 1999 to 2012. Member of the argentine delegation in several WTO and MERCOSUR dispute settlement procedures. Representative of Argentina in the MERCOSUR-UE bi-regional negotiations, with especial focus on SPS Chapter. She also takes part in multiple international forums (e.g. WTO, FAO, CODEX, WIPO). Former Director of International Affairs of SENASA and former Director of Intellectual Property Rights Office. Author of several papers on this subject.


  •  Gustavo Idigoras. 
See Director section.



Module 0 : “Navigation in the virtual classroom” (three days).

Module 1 : "Risk Assessment" Gustavo Idigoras and Roxana Blasetti (one week).

  • Recommended Methodologies.
  • Plant Health Risk Assessment Models.
  • Animal Health Risk Assessment Models.
  • Food Safety Risk Assessment Models.

Module 2 : "Equivalence" Gustavo Idigoras and Roxana Blasetti (one week).

Module 3 : "Control, inspection and approval procedures" Gustavo Idigoras and Roxana Blasetti (one week).

Module 4 : "Transparency in action" Gustavo Idigoras and Roxana Blasetti (one week).

  • Implementation of transparency obligations established in the SPS agreement.
  • Practical recommendations for enhancing transparency.



These materials have been revised in light of the ministerial decisions taken in the framework of the 9th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference held in Bali, Indonesia, in December 2013. The adjustments were made in order to reflect a higher alignment between the course topics and the priorities identified in Bali’s Ministerial Declaration and decisions, where all IDB members participated. 

Bali Ministerial Declaration and decisions


The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), through its Integration and Trade Sector in collaboration with the Inter-American Institute for Economic and Social Development Bank (INDES) and their Learning and Knowledge Sector, will issued a certificate of achievement to all participants who fulfil the aims of the course and pass the corresponding assessment tests.

The Directing Body, based on each tutor's assessment of participation in the proposed activities, will be responsible for deciding if the participant meets the minimum criteria for receiving the diploma.

Feedback and Quality Improvement:

All participants will be asked to answer a satisfaction survey. The CEDDET Foundation guarantees the responses will remain strictly anonymous since all data is stored on the server of a notary in Spain.

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