FSM Department of Health and Social Affairs

DHSA Food Analyst Attends the First Pacific Islands Laboratory Week Workshop in Tonga

Food Analyst Ms. Kesusa Marquez-Yaropiy from the FSM Department of Health and Social Affairs Food Lab attended the First Pacific Islands Laboratory Week Workshop in Nuku’alofa, Tonga from the 18th to the 22nd March 2024.  The workshop represents an important milestone for the regional PQI Initiative to continue to strengthen cooperation and coordination among Pacific Island Countries on Quality Infrastructure (QI), with the aim of improving access to reliable laboratory testing services across the regions. The purpose of this workshop was to bring together the Pacific Islands Testing Committee to discuss the recommendations from PQI laboratory survey, the Committee’s governance structure including its Terms of Reference, and to plan upcoming activities; to do training session and site visit to Tonga’s laboratories; and to raise awareness of the importance of reliable testing trade and the wellbeing of the people of the pacific. Delegation from the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Australia, Cook Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Tonga were the participants. The event was organized by the Pacific Quality Infrastructure (PQI) initiative, Tonga’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests and Ministry of Trade & Economic Development, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).