Monday, June 13th 2011 - Minister of Agriculture and Marine Timor Leste Ir. Assami Mariano Sabino assess the free trade system is not fair for developing countries. The free market is still discriminatory for us, there must be a balance,”he said at a seminar on East Timor and workhop Quarantina and non-quarantine pests in the Hall of the Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University, Monday (21 / 6) yesterday.
In the seminar, which opened by Udayana University Rector Prof. Dr. Made Bakta, he presents the political papers of Timor Leste’s agricultural development in the application of sanitary and phytosanitary World Trade Organization. According to him, there should be a bargaining position of developing countries against developed countries in order to fight for the price of agricultural products could follow oil price trends. Because, despite rising oil prices but the prices of agricultural products stagnated. As a result, the fate of farmers increasingly marginalized.
Problem SPS (sanitary and phytosanitary measures) about the problems of human health, animals and plants, he said, because of agricultural and animal products have notification provisions of the regulations applicable in one country associated with the SPS.
Moreover, the East Timorese government issued Decree Law 21 of 2003 which provides for the quarantine and sanitary for goods imported and exported. On that basis the government of Timor Leste in cooperation with Udayana University to draft the document as a basis for making policies and regulations related to the process of export and import of goods from plants and animals.