Malaysia CDT Gap Analysis and Partnership Appraisal
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From February to October 2018, USAID Oceans conducted an assessment of Malaysia’s current implementation of catch documentation and traceability (CDT) through a gap analysis, rapid partnership appraisal, and development of a road map for implementing an eCDTS that will support the country’s compliance with U.S. and EU market requirements in the near term and other importing country requirements in the long-term. This appraisal presents key findings and recommendations, based upon consideration of the existing drivers towards eCDT from a socio-economic, policy and technology perspective, complemented with a rapid assessment of relevant private sector themes around eCDT. Key findings acknowledge the building blocks already in place within Malaysia’s seafood sector that could immediately be harnessed for implementation of an eCDTS. Finally, the assessment presents possible pathways for the Government of Malaysia, as well as its partners, towards setting up a comprehensive national eCDTS.