Odesa, Ukraine: CLDP Facilitates Meeting of Central Asia Expert Level Working Group on SPS Measures

November 6, 2018 - November 8, 2018
Participants of the Seventh Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Regional Expert Level Working Group on SPS Issues

On November 6-8, 2018, in Odesa, Ukraine, CLDP facilitated the seventh meeting of the Expert Level Working Group on Sanitary/Phyto-sanitary (SPS) Measures (the Group) for officials from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, special guest Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Each participating country presented on innovations and amendments in animal, plant, and/or food safety law and practices in their country, which led to active discussions between all participants. The Group also heard and discussed presentations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, regarding electronic and export certification and the U.S. Phytosanitary Export Database. Advisors from Georgia shared about recent reforms there, including Georgia’s National Animal Health Plan and ways in which Georgia involves the private sector in setting SPS policy. Lastly, the Group heard from CLDP Ukraine personnel and Ukrainian advisors regarding Ukraine’s participation in WTO SPS Committee meetings. The Group noted the various ways each presentation underscored the myriad benefits derived from timely notification of SPS laws and regulations, including for attracting foreign trade. Accordingly, the Group’s further work will focus on notifications to the WTO and IPPC, publishing pertinent import and export requirements, as well continuing its ongoing work with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization to develop a regional veterinary laboratory network. 

Experts and CLDP: Seventh Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Regional Expert Level Working Group on SPS Issues
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