1. The 29th Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 1 November 2007. H.E. Professor Dr. Thira Sutabutra, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand chaired the 29th AMAF with H.E. Dr. Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam as the Vice-Chairman.
Towards ASEAN Community and Regional Integration
2. The Ministers reaffirmed that cooperation in the food, agriculture, and forestry sectors play a vital role in food security, strengthening joint positions at international fora, as well as expediting the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community and enhancing the long term competitiveness of ASEAN’s food, agriculture and forestry products. To realize these objectives, the Ministers continued to push towards further capacity building, use of modern technology, and adoption of international standards and practices.
3. At this Meeting, the Ministers expressed satisfaction on the progress made in the ASEAN projects on food, agriculture and forestry. Key outcomes endorsed by the Ministers at the Meeting included:
- ASEAN harmonised Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for 16 pesticides;
- ASEAN Harmonised Standards for Papaya, Pummelo and Rambutan;
- ASEAN Standards for Live and Inactivated Infectious Bronchitis Vaccine;
- A Guide to the Identification and Control of Food Safety Hazards in the Production of Fish and Fisheries Products in the ASEAN Region;
- Guidelines on Development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Health Certification and Quarantine Measures for the Responsible Movement of Live Food Finfish;
- Re-accreditation of the Veterinary Drug Assay Laboratory in Gunung Sindur, Bogor, Indonesia as an ASEAN Animal Vaccine Testing Laboratory for 9 specific animal vaccines for a period of 3 years;
- Establishment of the ASEAN Shrimp Alliance (ASA) to enhance ASEAN’s capability to respond to challenges of international trade in shrimp and shrimp products.
Strengthening Disease Control Programme in Livestock and Aquatic Animals
4. The Ministers were pleased with the progress made in the implementation of the Regional Framework for Control and Eradication of HPAI in ASEAN and adopted the Final Report of the ASEAN HPAI Taskforce. They also acknowledged the importance of the support provided by various international organisations and donor agencies (e.g. FAO, OIE, ADB, WHO, AusAID, JICA, USAID), in capacity building and technical assistance
5. The Ministers reiterated the need for a well-coordinated multi-agency and multi-sectoral approach to prevent, control, and eradicate HPAI in the ASEAN region and endorsed the ASEAN Regional Strategy for the Progressive Control and Eradication of HPAI for 2008 – 2010.
6. The Ministers also agreed to establish the ASEAN Network on Aquatic Animal Health Centres (ANAAHC) among national aquatic animal health agencies and laboratories to facilitate the building up of diagnostic and certification capabilities in ASEAN Member Countries for the export of live aquatic animals.
Towards Sustainable Forestry
7. The Ministers commended the continuous ASEAN work and cooperation towards the attainment of sustainable forest management. Significant progress and milestone achievement have been reached in several areas, including ASEAN cooperation and common position in international forest policy processes, strengthening Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) dialogues, and implementation of the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
8. The Ministers welcomed the setting up of “ASEAN Caucus on Forestry at the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)” to enable effective coordination in the deliberation and negotiation process at the UNFF.
9. The Ministers endorsed the following 3 documents:
- ASEAN Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Management of Tropical Forests;
- Monitoring, Assessment and Reporting Format for Sustainable Forest Management in ASEAN; and
- ASEAN Guideline for the Implementation of Inter-govermental Panel on Forestry/Inter-governmental Forum on Forestry (IPF/IFF) Proposals for Action.
10. In reaffirming ASEAN’s commitment in combating illegal logging and its associated trade, the Ministers endorsed the “Ministerial Statement on Strengthening Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) in ASEAN”, which appears as the Attachment in this Joint Press Statement.
11. The Ministers are fully aware of significant impacts of climate change on agriculture and forestry, therefore emphasized that the success of the future climate regime depends on the participation of the ASEAN Member Countries in partnership with the developed countries. ASEAN Member Countries should have strategic actions in anticipating and reducing the impact of global warming on agriculture and forestry.
Forging Stronger Bonds with Dialogue Partners and International Organisations
12. The Ministers expressed appreciation for the assistance and support in the collaborative activities on food, agriculture and forestry, as given by various dialogue partners and international organizations, among others: Australia, China, Germany, Japan, and Republic of Korea, Asian Development Bank (ADB), FAO, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), OIE, and the Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Centre (SEAFDEC) over the past years.
13. In recognising the importance of support and assistance from international organisation and donor agencies, the Ministers agreed to enhance the working relationship between ASEAN and OIE in the fields of animal health, animal welfare, and veterinary public health as well as other areas of common interest through the signing of an MOU. In addition, to further enhance ASEAN-SEAFDEC collaboration in the fisheries sector, the Ministers agreed to establish the “ASEAN-SEAFDEC Strategic Partnership (ASSP)” through the Letter of Understanding (LOU) on the ASSP, signed by the Secretary General of ASEAN and the Secretary General of SEAFDEC.
30th AMAF Meeting
14. The ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry will meet for the 30th AMAF in Viet Nam in 2008.
15. The Ministers from other ASEAN Member Countries expressed their sincere appreciation to the Government and people of Thailand for hosting the 29th AMAF Meeting and for their warm hospitality.
LIST OF MINISTERS
- H.E. Pehin Dato Dr. Haji Ahmad Haji Jumat, Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Brunei Darussalam
- H.E. Mr. Chan Tong Yves, Secretary of State of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia
- H.E. Mr. M.S Kaban, Minister of Forestry, Indonesia
- H.E. Mr. Sitaheng Rasphone, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Lao PDR
- H.E. Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin bin Haji Mohd Yassin, Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Malaysia
- H.E. Major General Htay Oo, Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Myanmar
- H.E. Dr. Segfredo R. Serrano, Undersecretary, Department of Agriculture, Philippines
- H.E. Dr. Mohamad Maliki bin Osman, Parliamentary Secretary for National Development, Singapore
- H.E. Professor Dr. Thira Sutabutra, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand
- H.E. Dr. Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viet Nam
- H.E. Mr. Nicholas Tandi Dammen, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN