Workshop on Modernizing Sanitary-Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures in CAREC and Use of Digital Certification

24 Feb 2021

The CAREC Institute and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will conduct a joint workshop titled “Modernizing Sanitary-Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures in CAREC and Use of Digital Certification” on 24 February 2021.

The sessions will cover international agreements and emerging trends on SPS measures; modernizing SPS measures for trade in CAREC; ADB-CAREC Institute joint research on e-phytosanitary certification, and many more. Participants will include middle- to senior-level government officials/experts from relevant ministries and agencies of CAREC member countries, whose work impacts the CAREC Program activities and promotes regional cooperation, also the CAREC Institute e-learning platform users interested in the topic.

The workshop responds to the common agenda for modernization of SPS measures for trade endorsed by CAREC Ministers in 2015. Since then, CAREC has implemented initiatives to modernize SPS to ensure protection while facilitating trade. This includes the need for a comprehensive approach based on effective information sharing, streamlining of procedures, and genuine collaboration among all trade-related agencies including customs and SPS agencies at the borders.

In 2020, the CAREC Institute in collaboration with ADB undertook a survey that explored certification only for plants and plant products leveraging e-Phyto solutions by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). The survey attempted to assess the potential of digital SPS certificates and facilitated analysis of the underlying mechanisms for recognition and use of such digital certificates. Initial findings of this research will be shared during the workshop to promote evidence-based policy dialogue and support decision-making in CAREC.

Expert presentations and discussions of the virtual workshop will form the foundation for the next phase, including design and delivery of a face-to-face workshop on SPS in CAREC. Register here.

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