On June 1 a meeting between the representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor and Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Russian Federation Soon Wook Kwon was held in Moscow on the occasion of the forthcoming meeting of the Russian-Korean Joint Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation which will take place in Seoul on June 7.
The parties identified the subjects to be addressed within the framework of the Russian delegation visit to the Republic of Korea aimed at the participation in the Intergovernmental Commission. In particular, the development of mutually beneficial trade in animal and plant products will be discussed. For example, it is planned to consider issues related to Russian animal product export to the Korean food market in accordance with the principles of compartmentalization and regionalization of the country’s territory. These mechanisms have already formed the basis for Russian product export to such countries as Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and several others.
The representative of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea informed that the Korean veterinary service was currently performing risk assessment with respect to Russian beef and poultry meat import. The preliminary results of the assessment will be submitted to the Russian party during the forthcoming meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission.
In addition, the parties plan to discuss the possible increase in Russian grain supplies to Korea as well as the extension of their range. In this vein, the Rosselkhoznadzor requested to accelerate the process of providing the Service with import requirements relating to food safety of grain and grain products imported to Korea.
Another topic of the ongoing talks was the inspection of Korean lysine manufacturing establishments which will be conducted by the Rosselkhoznadzor this autumn. The Korean party informed that the draft programme of the inspection would be submitted for harmonization and resolving technical issues.
Soon Wook Kwon confirmed that the Korean party would render the necessary support to organization of a meeting between the representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Animal and Plant Health Agency of the Republic of Korea for a preliminary discussion of mutual cooperation issues to be subsequently brought up for discussion at the Intergovernmental Commission meeting.