We, ministers and delegates in charge of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) cooperation from ASEAN Member States and China attended the 2nd ASEAN-China-Ministerial Meeting on Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (SPS Cooperation) with the theme “Strengthening Animal and Plant Inspection and Quarantine Cooperation, Preventing the Cross-Border Spread of Exotic Pests” on 25 October 2010, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Noting that cross-border spread of exotic pests, including animal and plant pathogenic organisms and invasive species can dramatically alter an ecosystem‘s balance, threaten public health and result in economic losses as well as negative impact to agriculture sector;

Recognizing that addressing the spread of exotic pests forms an integral part of the implementation of SPS measures; effective joint border control and good quarantine mechanism could provide barriers to decrease the introduction of exotic pests;

ASEAN Member States and the Governments of the People’s Republic of China, for the purpose of strengthening animal and plant inspection and quarantine cooperation, preventing exotic pests from being introduced from the territory of one Contracting Party into the territory of the other and spreading, securing the safety of the agriculture, forestry and fisheries, protecting ecological environment, as well as the health of human being and promoting the development of economic and trade relations, have agreed as follows:

1. We recognized that preventing the cross-border spread of exotic pests is vital to protecting agricultural production, ecological environment security, as well as human health. We agreed that we have the shared responsibility to combat the cross-border spread of exotic pests through advancing our five areas of cooperation under the MoU between ASEAN and China on Strengthening SPS Cooperation.

2. We recognized the importance of inspection and quarantine laws and regulations and standards in preventing the cross-border spread of pests. We agreed to promote information exchange of inspection and quarantine laws and regulations and standards, improve transparency and enhance mutual understanding and trust.

3. We recognized that strengthening exchange of inspection and quarantine management and technical personnel plays an active role in preventing the cross-border spread of pests. We agreed to increase the visit and exchange of inspection and quarantine experts, strengthen cooperation in risk analysis, epidemic surveillance, pest identification and detection, quarantine and treatment, joint control technology and risk management, with the view to enhancing management and technological level of preventing exotic pests.

4. We recognized that, information communication is important to prevent the cross-border spread of exotic pests. We agreed to focus our efforts in Preventing Cross-border Spread of Exotic Pests by building pests database to share information. Each Contracting Party shall, upon discovering quarantine pests in its own country or other countries or regions, notify the other Parties without delay.

5. We agreed that, the importing party shall, upon discovering exotic pests in imported agricultural products during inspection and quarantine, notify the exporting party without delay. The exporting party shall investigate the cause, provide relevant information and take appropriate measures to prevent spread of pests. To minimize the effect of inspection and quarantine measures to trade, any party shall notify the other party for comments before taking new animal and plant inspection and quarantine measures.

6. We agreed to strengthen coordination and cooperation with relevant international organizations, such as CODEX Alimentarius Commission, Office International des Epizooties (OIE), International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), Asia and Pacific Plant Protection Convention (APPPC), and Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD).

7. We agreed that, to promote cooperation in preventing the cross-border spread of exotic pests, our experts in charge of animal and plant inspection and quarantine shall address the issues and summarize the latest development, progress and problems in our cooperation to prevent the cross-border spread of exotic pests and put forward the future cooperation plan.
Agreed and adopted at the end of the 2nd ASEAN-China Ministerial Meeting on Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (SPS Cooperation) on 25 October, 2010 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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The Meeting was attended by:

H.E. Pehin Dato Yahya, Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Brunei Darussalam

H.E. Dr. Chan Sarun, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia

H.E. Dr. Suswono, Minister of Agriculture, Indonesia

H.E. Dr. Ty Phommasack Vice Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Lao PDR

H.E. Datuk Seri Noh Bin Omar, Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Malaysia 

H.E. Mr. Ohn Myint, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation, Myanmar

H.E. Dr. Segfredo R. Serrano, Undersecretary of Department of Agriculture, Philippines

H.E. Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Parliamentary Secretary for National Development, Singapore

H.E. Mr. Theera Wongsamut, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand

H.E. Mr. Ho Xuan Hung, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viet Nam

H.E. Mr. Zhi Shuping, Minister of General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), People’s Republic of China
 
H.E. Mr. S. Pushpanathan, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community