COPE is a virtual learning center hosted at KEPHIS headquarters, oloolua ridge, Karen Nairobi. It was established in 2010 and is a partially independent institution. It was established with the rationale that African countries lack effective systems for managing phytosanitary measures at the national level and also lack good regional co-ordination of the implementation of the International Plant Protection Convention – International Standards on Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs).
Africa COPE training and consultancy services.
Major objectives are:
- To support capacity building of African countries by offering trainings
- To develop training programs in line with market requirements
- To plan for the phytosanitary Conferences
Operating hours will be from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
The Centre of Phytosanitary Excellence was established through a regional partnership involving government, private sector and international stakeholders with funds provided by the Standards and Trade Development Facility Trust Fund (STDF). The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) and the Netherlands Plant Protection Service (NPPS) provided co-financing, and the STDF project was managed by CAB International.
Project Management Committee
During the set-up phase (2008-2010), the following institutions served as Members of the Project Management Committee:
- African Union’s Inter-African Phytosanitary Council (IAPSC)
- Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)
- Netherlands Plant Protection Service (NPPS)
- Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS)
- University of Nairobi
- Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Zambia
- Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Co-operatives, Tanzania
- USAID Regional Mission for East Africa
- CAB International (CABI).
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations through the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) provided invaluable oversight and technical advice.