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The 5th China-ASEAN Ministers’ Meeting on Quality Supervision

Source: CAEXPO Wechat    Time:2016-09-11 15:25:33
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The 5th China-ASEAN Ministers’ Meeting on Quality Supervision (SPS Cooperation) was held in Nanning of Guangxi on September 10, 2016. Pioror to the meeting, Mr. Peng Qinghua, Secretary of the CPC Guangxi Committee met and talked with Mr. Zhi Shuping, Minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (GAQSIQ) of China, who came attend the meeting. Mr. Chen Wu, Governor of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, delivered a speech at the meeting.

Mr. Peng Qinghua thanked the GAQSIQ for having hosted major events related to China-ASEAN quality supervision cooperation in Guangxi of China, adding that, with the support of the GAQSIQ, quality supervision system of Guangxi has strengthened significantly service concepts, improved its technical ability and promoted quality supervision, inspection and quarantine and Customs clearance at ports. Guangxi, as a frontier and window for China’s opening up and cooperation with ASEAN countries, attaches great importance to quality supervison and quality standardization. He hoped that the GAQSIQ would continue  its care for Guangxi to establish and improve its public technology service platform, designated ports for import and cross-border economic cooperation zones, granting full support to the province to promote cross-border trade, expand opening up and boost leap-and-bound development of Guangxi by strengthening its ability of manufacturing high quality products.

Mr. Zhi Shuping said, as this year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of China-ASEAN dialogue relations and the negotiations on upgrading the China-ASEAN FTA have been completed on schedule, China-ASEAN Economic Integration will be elevated to a new level. In this connection, quality safety becomes more important, which calls for enhancing connectivity in the SPS field, building a regional community of quality safety and ensuring health and safety of 1.9 billion people living in the China-ASEAN region. He contributed proposals on strengthening dialogue and communication, promoting mutual trust, reinforcing mechanism integration and practical cooperation, strengthening linkage between ports to boost trade facilitation, enhancing exchange and sharing of information by building relevant network and platforms and enhancing quality supervision and organizing SPS technical training and cooperation.

Mr. Chen Wu said, with the joint efforts made by relevant parties, Guangxi is now in great efforts to promote Customs clearance facilitation, accelerate the construction of high-tech service zones for examination and test accreditation between China and ASEAN, mobilize technical institutions of measuring, standard, examination and test, accreditation and special equipment to set up offices in ASEAN countries and to provide technical services for examination and tests, making contribution to promoting SPS connectivity between China and ASEAN. In a major agricultural province like Guangxi, trade in agro-based products and foodstuffs accounts for a large share in the total foreign trade. This meeting taking place will undoubtedly guarantee safe trade in agricultural produce and food between Guangxi and ASEAN and facilitate in building the China-ASEAN Community of Shared Interest in Quality Safety.

Mr. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of the ASEAN, attended the meeting, and the under-secretary of the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines made a speech. Leaders attending the meeting unveiled plaque for the China-ASEAN Cross-border Trade Pingxiang National Inspection Pilot Zone. As the first one of such alike, this zone will adopt different inspection and quarantine supervision models compared with other zones, which will make maximum efforts to facilitate Customs clearance and promote fast customs clearance and release of goods, in particular, goods of quality, at the cross-border ports, by ensuring control over disease and epidemics as well as quality safety risks.   

Mr. Zhi Shuping went to visit the pilot zone. Vice Minister Zhang Qinrong of the GAQSIS and ministers of ASEAN countries jointly paid survey trips to the quality safety demonstration base for pitaya for export of Wuming Runyu Ecological Agriculture Co., Ltd. 

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