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Central Asia – CLDP Leads an SPS Working Group Meeting


CLDP, in cooperation with USTR, USDA, and USAID, hosted a virtual meeting, which engaged representatives from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and the Kyrgyz Republic to discuss sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures and notification to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and World Organisation for Animal Health. This meeting focused on the Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) recommendations and served as a listening session for the U.S. interagency to deepen their understanding of the major notification-related challenges affecting the Central Asian Republics. USTR and USDA each provided a summary of U.S. notifications practice and philosophy as well as their experiences working across agencies. Each of the Central Asian delegations shared updates since the previous SPS Working Group meeting in July, their respective experiences with notification, and the delegates’ positions within the process for each of their countries. This meeting built on CLDP’s previous activities, which have engaged SPS officials from the Central Asian Republics to implement the TIFA recommendations. Information gathered from the meeting will further CLDP’s continued efforts to help the Central Asian Republics meet their WTO SPS Agreement, customary, and other international obligations, improve their SPS and food safety legal and regulatory regimes and procedures, and improve market access for agricultural exports.