Who we are and governance:

The Center of Phytosanitary excellence- Africa (COPE- AFRICA) is a center without borders established at KEPHIS headquarters, Olulua Ridge, Karen.  The Center was established with the funding of the Standards and Trade Development facity of the World Trade Organisation (STDF-WTO), other partners are the International Plant Protection covention(IPPC), The Netherlands Plant Protection Service (NPPS- Netherlands), CAB- International, The University of Nairobi -Kenya and National plant protection services in the Eastern part of Africa (Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Zambia, Seychelles, Eritrea etc.

The center aims to:

  1. Improve the phytosanitary capacity of Eastern Africa region and to increase market access of African nations
  2. To assist in improvement of  legal and institutional framework within the region for smooth performance of  all  matters  trade which are of  phytosanitary  concern.
  3. To offer  training opportunities in phytosanitary policy and practice, appropriate to the needs of the region, including the establishment of an exemplary plant inspection facility and information management system for use as demonstration and training tools.
  4. To provide skilled manpower for  applied pest risk analysis (PRA) generating PRAs according to relevant international standards
  5. To be the a secretariat and repository of database of African pest risk  and pest surveillance specialists.
  6. To spearhead market research in all matters of phtosanitary application including promotion of international standards