CLDP to Host Seventh Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Regional Expert Level Working Group on SPS Issues

November 6, 2018 - November 8, 2018

As part of the U.S. government’s objective to promote economic expansion and stability in Afghanistan and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan) region, CLDP has been supporting the implementation of regional working groups on Customs, Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures, and Standards. CLDP is organizing the Seventh Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Regional Expert Level Working Group on SPS Issues to take place in Odessa, Ukraine on November 6-8, 2018. The Meeting will further the Group’s objective of promoting a coordinated and collaborative approach to solving SPS issues in the region in a timely manner, including by fostering increased knowledge of regional and international SPS principles and practices. The meeting will continue its implementation of the recommendations received from the U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting including preparation of a concept note requesting an FAO audit of laboratories in the region using FAO’s Laboratory Mapping Tool (LMT) in order to establish a regional network of veterinary laboratories; as well as undertaking 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. 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. Lastly, meeting in Odessa, Ukraine, will provide the Group an opportunity to tour export related customs agriculture export operations in the port.

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