The Caribbean Plant Health Directors meetings serve as the technical resource base which proposes policy recommendations and apprise the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) (Agriculture) on matters related to safeguarding against and/or minimising the impact of pests and diseases to the Region’s agriculture and environment and issues related to phytosanitary measures in trade in plants and plant products.

At this fourth meeting, the issues related to the development of International Standards on Phytosani-tary Measures (commonly known as ISPMs) and work of the five Technical Working Groups, were discussed, namely: Emergency Preparedness Plans and Mechanisms for Response, Giant African Snail, Safeguarding, Tephritid Fruit Fly, Palm Pest Complex.