CLDP Facilitates Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert-Level Working Group on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

March 14, 2018 - March 16, 2018
Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert-Level Working Group on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

Delegations from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, CLDP, and advisors from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and USDA/Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), met on March 14-16, 2018, in Almaty, Kazakhstan to further regional cooperation in support of fair and safe trade in the region. The meeting focused on implementing recommendations from the U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting which took place in December 2017. Accordingly, as a step toward establishing a regional network of veterinary laboratories, participants undertook preparation of a concept note requesting an FAO audit of laboratories in the region using FAO’s Laboratory Mapping Tool (LMT). Specialist subgroups undertook work on 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. Participants also toured the DTRO-funded Central Reference Laboratory of the Kazakhstan Scientific Center of Quarantine and Zoonotic Diseases in Almaty, which furthered the Group’s understanding of international best practices regarding laboratories and highly-infectious animal diseases. 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. 

Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert-Level Working Group

Upcoming Programs

November 19, 2019 - November 20, 2019

On November 19-20, 2019, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, CLDP & ITA conducted a workshop on effective interagency coordination to facilitate comprehensive publication of trade-related and centrally-published information. Participants included technical representatives from the Honduran and Guatemalan Ministries of Economy, Customs, Health, and Agriculture, and Honduran private sector representatives. During the workshop the Honduran participants met with their U.S. counterparts from the Department of Commerce, Customs and Border Protection, Health and Human Services, and the Food and Drug Administration to learn best practices for coordinating across trade ministries and publishing trade-related information in a non-discriminatory, easy-to-access manner. With support from the Honduran-American Chamber of Commerce, the participants shared respective efforts to encourage trade through greater transparency and improve publication practices. This workshop was part of a multiphase effort to promote transparency, cooperation, and coordination within the Honduran government, and to improve interregional trade in Central America.

CLDP in Action

October 23, 2019 - October 24, 2019

On October 23-24 in Tunis, Tunisia, CLDP held a workshop to identify potential changes to Tunisian law that would encourage increased cross-border eCommerce transactions for both exports and imports. Over 40 representatives from several government ministries, the private sector, and the NGO community discussed potential amendments to Tunisia’s eCommerce law, customs procedures, central bank currency and payment rules, and other matters.  The participants offered sets of informal recommendations for further action.

ECommerce in Tunisia has not reached its full potential, although there are black market eCommerce websites. Legal changes could help Tunisian SMEs and individuals reach new markets, while also providing opportunities for US sellers.

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