CLDP Facilitates Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert-Level Working Group on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

March 14, 2018 - March 16, 2018
Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert-Level Working Group on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

Delegations from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, CLDP, and advisors from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and USDA/Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), met on March 14-16, 2018, in Almaty, Kazakhstan to further regional cooperation in support of fair and safe trade in the region. The meeting focused on implementing recommendations from the U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting which took place in December 2017. Accordingly, as a step toward establishing a regional network of veterinary laboratories, participants undertook preparation of a concept note requesting an FAO audit of laboratories in the region using FAO’s Laboratory Mapping Tool (LMT). Specialist subgroups undertook work on a series of projects recommended by the TIFA Council, focused on information exchange and comparative analyses in the areas of animal and plant health and safety and food safety. Participants also toured the DTRO-funded Central Reference Laboratory of the Kazakhstan Scientific Center of Quarantine and Zoonotic Diseases in Almaty, which furthered the Group’s understanding of international best practices regarding laboratories and highly-infectious animal diseases. Safely and effectively reducing border formalities, enhancing the transparency, consistency, and predictability of SPS-related rules and procedures, and bringing SPS measures and practices into compliance with international best practices can significantly add to regional economic growth, improve the health and safety of its citizens, and lay the groundwork for sustainable development, increased investment, and open markets. 

Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert-Level Working Group

CLDP in Action

May 13, 2019 - May 15, 2019

On May 13-15, 2019, in Tbilisi, Georgia, CLDP facilitated the eighth meeting of the Expert Level Working Group on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures for officials from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. The group benefited from additional participation by officials from Ukraine and Georgia. 

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