The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program organized the knowledge-sharing event as part of the sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS) Work Plan 2021- 2023 endorsed at the second meeting of the CAREC SPS Regional Working Group in April 2021. The event was co-organized by the Asian Development Bank, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC).
The importance of foot and mouth disease (FMD)-free status as a tool for negotiating market access for animals and animal products was highlighted by the OIE. The Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan shared experience in obtaining FMD-free status. Select CAREC countries (Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) had a dialogue with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on FMD management and import requirements and quarantine access procedures for animals and animal products. The Asian Development Bank underscored strengthening regional cooperation for safe cross-border trade.
The activity is supported by KSTA 9500-REG: Modernizing Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures to Facilitate Trade, co-funded by the People’s Republic of China Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund and Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund.