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Central Asia: Regional SPS Working Group Meeting

A group photo of the SPS Working Group

The Central Asia Regional SPS Working Group 

On March 12-14, CLDP held an in-person meeting of the SPS Working Group in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in cooperation with USTR and USDA.  This working group meeting 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. The meeting continued work on transparency and interagency cooperation-related recommendations, which were adopted by the TIFA Council, and discussed issues of risk assessment and management, digitalization, notification, and various approaches to SPS. Each of the Central Asian delegations shared updates since the previous SPS Working Group meeting in summer 2022. This meeting was part of 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.