Strengthening phytosanitary measures promotes horticulture value chain development and cross-border trade. Jointly organized by Asian Development Bank, CAREC Secretariat and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Competitiveness, Trade and Jobs activity in Central Asia, the CAREC conference discussed proposals for joint pest surveillance and pest free areas to be piloted along the Fergana Valley, the agricultural heartland of Central Asia. The People Republic of China’s requirements on entry and exit of plants and plant products and the International Plant Protection Convention’s ePhyto solutions were shared.
Ronald Antonio Butiong, Chief of Regional Cooperation and Integration Thematic Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department of ADB, together with Nadir Kasimov, First Deputy Head of State Plant Quarantine Inspection of Uzbekistan, and Ryder Rogers, Director of Economic Development Office of USAID Central Asia, co-chaired the conference.
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.
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