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Rosselkhoznadzor Participated in Working Group on Agriculture Within 5th Meeting of Russian-Ecuadorian Intergovernmental Commission

The Working Group on Agriculture was held within the 5th meeting of the Russian-Ecuadorian Intergovernmental Commission for Trade and Economic Cooperation in the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation on May 14 of this year. The Rosselkhoznadzor was represented by the specialists of the Central Office and its subordinate institutions – the FGBI "ARRIAH", the FGBI "VNIIKR", the FGBI "Grain Quality Assessment Center".

The Ecuadorian side was headed by Director General of the Directorate for Planning and Management of the Agency for Phytosanitary and Veterinary Regulation and Control José Mauricio Velasco. The meeting was also attended by Director of the Trade Representation of the Republic of Ecuador in Russia, Mr. Elias Tagle.

Opening the meeting, Mr. Velasco stressed that there has been a steady growth in the trade relations of the two countries recently and it is necessary to develop and strengthen the existing cooperation in the field of agriculture. The Russian side expressed its interest in expanding the list of products supplied to Ecuador, in particular, it concerns the possibility of exporting grain and products thereof, as well as livestock products - pork, including ready-made pork products, fish and fish products.

During the talks, the need to balance the trade turnover between the two countries was noted. To this end, the parties came to a decision to speed up the process of harmonization of memoranda on cooperation in the field of veterinary and plant quarantine that will affect several areas of future cooperation in the agricultural sector: trade, scientific, technical and educational spheres, including the exchange of experience between the leading agrarian universities of the two countries. The Ecuadorian colleagues separately raised the issue of training for Ecuadorian students in the Russian Federation and the desire to get familiarized with advanced Russian technologies and techniques.

In their turn, the Rosselkhoznadzor experts discussed the issue of the Russian side getting Ecuador's requirements for import of pork and fish products, as well as the procedure for access of Russian products to the Ecuadorian market. The Ecuadorian colleagues noted that in the first place it is necessary to provide comprehensive information on the Russian veterinary control system and the livestock potential in accordance with the provisions of Ecuadorian legislation. After a comprehensive analysis of this information the Ecuadorian colleagues will be able to decide on the possible access of Russian livestock products to the Ecuadorian market. The Rosselkhoznadzor experts said that they will send all the necessary information to the competent authority of the Republic of Ecuador in the near future.

Specialists of the Rosselkhoznadzor also noted that for a more detailed study of and compliance with the Russian legislation in the field of veterinary medicine, as well as for acquaintance with the methods on the basis of which state surveillance is carried out, the Ecuadorian colleagues can conduct assessment of the Russian state system in the field of veterinary medicine.

Director of the Rosselkhoznadzor subordinate FGBI "ARRIAH" Dmitry Lozovoy raised the issue of agreements reached during the previous visit to Russia regarding the registration of Russian medicinal products in Ecuador. In particular, it concerns vaccines against foot and mouth disease and poultry diseases. In this regard, the parties agreed to speed up the preparation of Memorandum on scientific and technical cooperation aimed at creating programs for the welfare of livestock with regard to highly dangerous diseases, including training of Ecuadorian specialists, carrying out monitoring studies and supplying veterinary drugs to Ecuador.

The Russian side also raised the issue of the supply of grain and products thereof to the Republic of Ecuador. The Ecuadorian side expressed its readiness to consider the proposals of the Russian side. The Rosselkhoznadzor forwarded the draft Protocol between the Service and the Agency on phytosanitary and veterinary regulation and control for provision of safety, quality and phytosanitary requirements for mutual deliveries of grain and products thereof to the colleagues from the Republic of Ecuador.

The sides discussed possible options for cooperation and agreed to continue strengthening bilateral cooperation in the field of agriculture, including diversification of Russian-Ecuadorian trade in agricultural products.

At the end of the meeting, the parties signed the Protocol of the Working Group on Agriculture and, thus, identified prospective topics for further cooperation in this field.

 

May 14, 2018

Categorys: Events , Veterinary , Surveillance of the quality and safety of grain , Medicines , Import. Export. Transit