1.The 5th China-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, with the theme of “Promote China-ASEAN SPS Connectivity, Build Up Community of Common Destiny for Quality and Safety”, was held on 10 September 2016 in Nanning, China. The Meeting was attended by Ministers in-charge of SPS-related affairs of the ASEAN Member States and China as well as the Secretary General of ASEAN. The Meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Dr. Zhi Shuping, Minister of General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) of the People’s Republic of China, and H.E Segfredo R. Serrano, Undersecretary of the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines.

2. The Ministers reviewed and welcomed the progress made through SPS cooperation and the implementation of China-ASEAN SPS MOU Plan of Action for 2015-2016. The Ministers emphasized their commitment to deepen their cooperation through the implementation of SPS MOU Plan of Action for 2017-2018: i) establishment of the information notification and communication system; ii) exchanges of visits of relevant personnel of the Parties; iii) conduct of trainings, seminars and other similar activities (in consideration of narrowing the development gap within ASEAN); iv) collaborative research; v) establishment of mechanism for consultation.

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