Ripples Plus aspires to develop both the products and the exporters themselves through program strategies which encompass four modes of assistance: training and capacity building; marketing and promotion; support for innovation, product development and design, access to markets through mutual recognition agreements
(MRAs) and certifications.
It also establishes strategic partnerships with other AEO programs around the world through Mutual Recognition Agreements
(MRA) which will facilitate global market access to AEO certified local traders.
Under EU regulations, a GMP certificate of a member state authority is automatically recognised by all 28 member states, and also in Australia, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, Israel and New Zealand as a result of the Mutual Recognition Agreements
The AEO programme is set to establish strategic partnerships with other AEO programs around the world through Mutual Recognition Agreements
(MRA), he added.
This includes the elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers such as tax harmonisation as well as Mutual Recognition Agreements
But the India-Korea CEPA is also a story of a missed opportunity on services as trade in several of the sectors, where concessions were negotiated, has been a non-starter given that the mutual recognition agreements
are yet to be negotiated.
Currently, there are mutual recognition agreements
for medical practitioners and nurses, dental practitioners, surveyors, engineers and architects.
This coordination needs to happen at the start, not the end, of the process, and more staff should be allocated to oversee mutual recognition agreements
, especially on the US side where there is a shortfall.
He said that testing facilities should be made available at the border and mutual recognition agreements
should be signed, since there was a lack of awareness on each others regulatory regimes particularly in pharmaceutical products.
Had the lower figure been used and if those global regulatory authorities operating at EU standards could agree to share the inspection load via Mutual Recognition Agreements
(MRA) and not to duplicate inspections (as is the present situation), then mandatory inspections by competent authorities--the safe solution--could have formed the basis of the FMD.
Such a strategy inter-alia should include a big push for trade expositions for select sectors, inviting large number of importers from these countries to India and taking initiatives to ease non-tariff measures including working out mutual recognition agreements
for standards and augmenting financial and transportation architecture," Agarwal said.
jurisdictions are entitled to enter into mutual recognition agreements