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Central Asia Regional: CLDP Conducts Round Tables on SPS and Agricultural Trade


In April 2022, CLDP held four separate in-person roundtable meetings on sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS) in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan respectively. Roundtables were attended by officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Agency for Plant Protection and Quarantine, Committee for Veterinary and Livestock Development, and Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade, among others. CLDP was joined virtually by the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), who discussed their goals in supporting the US-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement. As a result of these round tables, each stakeholder group identified top priorities in the area of food safety and agricultural trade in preparation for the upcoming Central Asia Regional Expert-Level SPS Working Group Meeting. The meeting furthered CLDP’s continued efforts in Central Asia to strengthen regional dialogue around overcoming SPS related barriers to trade and economic reforms in Central Asia.