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Veterinary Services in Belize: adapting organisational models to the needs of small economies

Author(s) : V. Góngora

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International trade in agricultural goods is governed by the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (the ‘SPS Agreement’) of the World Trade Organization. Small economies, such as the economy of Belize, must have the necessary infrastructure in place to meet their obligations and exercise their rights under the SPS Agreement. In response to the shortcomings of a small economy, the Belize Government has established the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) as its organisational model, to meet the challenges of providing Veterinary Services in this new millennium, as well as the demands of the international trade in animals and plants and their products. This model became operational in the year 2000 and has received national and international recognition as an appropriate model for small economies. The success of BAHA is due to strong political support and its dual public and private sector characteristics.

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