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Philip Corrigan served in Australia's Department of Agriculture as a Senior Executive Officer from 1987 to 2004. His career highlights include promotion, representation, negotiation and trade facilitation for agricultural commodities; international food safety systems, animal welfare programs, and counter bio-terrorism strategies. A practicing veterinarian from 1969 to 1976 and past officer of the Australian Veterinary Association, he also was Veterinary Counselor for the Embassy of Australia in Washington D.C. He is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Now living in Miami, Mr. Corrigan's career as a FAVACA volunteer began in January 2005 with an assignment to Haiti where he provided input on export labeling, packaging and quality control to Femmes en Production, a women's entrepreneurial non-governmental organization. He was hosted by Femmes again in March, 2005 as a consultant to 60 exhibitors in a three-day trade promotion show in Port-au-Prince. In mid-2005 Mr. Corrigan consulted with the Belize Poultry Association and held meetings with the Belize Agricultural Health Authority and Ministry of Agriculture, providing recommendations to strengthen the domestic and export poultry market.
POULTRY ASSOCIATION IN BELIZE RECEIVES CONSULTATION. Philip John Corrigan, Miami, went to Belize to offer recommendations and advice on improving the quality and quantity of farm-raised chickens in Belize. During his six-day stay, April 10-15, 2005, Corrigan was accompanied by Orlando Habet, manager for the Belize Poultry Association, and held meetings with officials from the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Cooperatives including Dr. Victor Congola and Dr. Michael Deshields. After meeting with farmers throughout the country-side and other growers, issues of cost recovery policies, necessary processing, and certification standards were addressed. Corrigan outlined eleven recommendations which should result in the expansion of not only the domestic poultry market, but also the exportation of poultry meat to other countries in the region, including the U.S.
HAITI HOLDS CONFERENCE ON IMPORTING PRODUCTS INTERNATIONALLY. "Femmes en Production," a non-governmental organization based in Haiti, continued its mission by increasing the awareness of Haitian women entrepreneurs and promoting their products abroad through the initiation of contacts with buyers, exporters and financial institutions. Erna Rodriguez, "Femmes en Production" Program Manager, requested Philip John Corrigan, FAVACA volunteer from Miami, to follow-up his visit from January 2005. The second-annual three-day trade promotion show was held March 10-13 in Port-Au-Prince. Over sixty exhibitors, all micro-entrepreneurs and members of Femmes en Production, were in attendance displaying their products such as crafts, various foods, apparel, linen, and furniture. Corrigan advised them techniques to overcome the bureaucratic hurdles to get their products exported internationally, particularly to the Dominican Republic and the United States. Corrigan's expertise on issues such as custom agents, business partners, competition, quarantine, and certification were especially useful to the attendees. Boniface Alexandre, Haiti's president, gave the opening address along with three ministers of the current cabinet. FAVACA's support was noted, acknowledge, and appreciated by all participants. "Femmes en Production" would like a FAVACA representative to attend their trade show in Miami, scheduled to be held in May 2005 at the James L. Knight International Center.
HAITI SEEKS ASSISTANCE WITH PRODUCTION, PACKAGING AND LABELING FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING The goal of Femmes en Production, a non-governmental organization based in Haiti, is to increase awareness of Haitian women entrepreneurs and promote their products through the initiation of contacts with buyers, exporters and financial institutions. Erna Rodriguez with the organization requested two volunteer consultants to focus on three specific areas: international exportation standards, labeling and packaging and finally techniques of quality control. Mr. Peter Quinter who handles Customs and International Trade Department with the international law firm of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, traveled January 16-18, 2005 to provide a seminar on customs and international trade, complying with the often complex regulations of different Federal Government agencies, country of origin marking of products, packaging and labeling of food products just to name a few. Philip Corrigan a Miami based private consultant focusing in the areas of government relations, program management, trade facilitation, sanitary international standards, and farm to consumer food production and safety programs traveled January 16-22, 2005. Mr. Corrigan provided labeling and packaging as well as quality control and international export standards seminars.