Knowledge-Sharing Module on CAREC Trade: Facilitating Trade Through Digital SPS Certification

ADB, CAREC Institute discuss study on e-SPS readiness in CAREC countries

On 24 February 2021, ADB and CAREC Institute generated the second series of CAREC Trade’s knowledge-sharing modules focusing on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures. WTO Secretariat shared how ePhyto solutions facilitate trade through electronic certification. EAPF Director Emma Fan underscored digitalization’s important role in trade, food safety and agricultural value chains. E-SPS will enhance CAREC agri-food products’ global market access and traceability to help lower risks of spread of transboundary pests and diseases. Modernizing SPS measures is a priority under the CAREC Integrated Trade Agenda 2030.

In the photo: Experts from Asian Development Bank, CAREC Institute and the WTO Secretariat shared knowledge and progress of CAREC’s initiative to promote concerted reforms and modernization in the implementation of sanitary and phytosanitary measures for trade. The initial findings of the ADB-CAREC Institute survey on the potential for digital phytosanitary certification in CAREC was presented. ADB’s Emma Fan, Director, Public Management, Financial Sector, and Regional Cooperation Division, East Asia Department (fourth from left side, second row) and CAREC Institute’s Director Syed Shakeel Shah (third from left side, third row), co-delivered the opening remarks.

The knowledge-sharing modules on CAREC Trade will be available in both English and Russian languages in the CAREC Institute’s E-learning Platform. The activity was 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. Visit: CAREC Program and trade sector subsite.


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List of participants

Session 1 – Dorothea Lazaro

Session 2 – Simon Padilla

Session 3 – Robert Black and David McKellar

Session 3 – Ghulam Samad

CAREC Institute’s E-learning Platform