On October 31, the representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam visited St. Petersburg. The Vietnamese delegation was headed by Chief Veterinary Officer of the Department of Animal Health Dr. Dong Pham Van.
The objective of the visit was strengthening the Russian-Vietnamese economic relations, experience exchange in the field of ASF control and an audit of the Russian system of veterinary surveillance.
Before visiting St. Petersburg, the delegation went to the Belgorod Oblast to get familiarized with the activities of the farm and establishment for slaughter and pork processing as well as the FGBI-subordinate “Belgorod IVL”.
The foreign specialists and the representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor Central Office and Territorial Administration visited a poultry processing establishment in the Leningrad Oblast and the FGBI “Leningrad IVL”.
Within the visit to the poultry farm, a working meeting was held where issues of poultry product exports from the Leningrad Oblast to Vietnam were discussed. The inspectors noted that the products manufactured at the establishment meet the Vietnamese requirements for imported commodities.
At the FGBI “Leningrad IVL” the foreign specialists observed technical facilities, got informed about high qualification of the staff and found that the establishment meets international requirements.
During the final meeting within the visit Chief Veterinary Officer of the Department of Animal Health Dr. Dong Pham Van noted that the Russian-Vietnamese relations are at high level now, he thanked the Rosselkhoznadzor for the perfect organization of the visit, and stressed that the economic ties between the both countries are constantly developing. Dr. Dong Pham invited the Rosselkhoznadzor representatives to Vietnam in order to continue exchange of experience in the field of ASF control at the international conference supported by the World Organization for Animal Health which is to be held on November 26-28 this year in Ho Chi Minh City. The Russian party promised to send its representatives for participation.
Advisor to the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Artyom Daushev called the recent visit a breakthrough in bilateral relations. He stated that the agreements on inter-agency communication achieved as a result of the visit fundamentally enhance the mutual trust between the Services of the two countries.
The parties also reached an agreement on extension of the list of manufacturers approved for meat supplies to Vietnam. The information about these establishments is currently under study by the foreign colleagues.
Artyom Daushev thanked the Vietnamese delegation for the high-professional approach in their working activity and expressed hope that the parties will be able to move forward on launching supplies of pig products from Russia to Vietnam.