sanitary & phytosanitary measures

SPS Committee Thematic Session on African Swine Fever

Geneva, WTO Headquarters

A thematic session on African swine fever was held on 23 March 2021 as agreed by the SPS Committee in November 2020. The programme was circulated in document G/SPS/GEN/1874/Rev.2, based on the proposal submitted by the European Union in document G/SPS/W/322.


Chairperson: Mr. Gregory MacDonald

1. RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF THE SPS AGREEMENT AND WORK OF THE SPS COMMITTEE

Speaker:

2. OVERVIEW: INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS, WORLDWIDE EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SITUATION AND ECONOMIC IMPACT

2.1 International standards and epidemiological situation worldwide

Speaker:

  • Mr Gregorio Torres, Head of Science Department, OIE. OIE international standards for ASF control and business continuity.
    Presentation

2.2 Economic impact worldwide and future of global pig production

Speakers:

  • Dr Josef Schmidhuber, Deputy Director in the Trade and Markets Division, FAO. The impacts of African swine fever (ASF) on global meat and feed markets.
    Presentation
  • Mr Rupert Claxton, Meat Director, GIRA. Impact and outlook of ASF on global pigmeat supply.
    Presentation

Followed by Q&A session and discussion.

3. SHARING OF NATIONAL EXPERIENCES

Speakers:

  • Dr Xiaodong Wu, Director of the National Research Center for Exotic Animal Diseases, China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center. The epidemic situation of African swine fever and its normalized prevention and control in China.
    Presentation
  • Mr Francisco Reviriego-Gordejo, Head of Unit G2 (Animal Health), DG SANTE, European Commission. African swine fever: tools to ensure safe trade.
    Presentation
  • Dr Jean-Francois Heymans, Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) of Belgium, Dep. Delegate to the OIE – Director general "Control policy" at the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain. Example of successful eradication of ASF.
    Presentation
  • Dr Dietrich Rassow, Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO), Germany. Trade in pork – The perspective of a Member where ASF is present in wildlife.
    Presentation
  • Dr Mpho Maja, Director of Animal Health, Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, South Africa. Trade in pork – The perspective of a Member where ASF is endemic in wildlife.
    Presentation
  • Dr Juan Gay, General Director of Animal Health of the National Service of Agrifood Health, Safety and Quality (SENASICA), Mexico. Epidemiological surveillance on ASF in seaports.
    Presentation
  • Dr Jaspinder Komal, Vice-president, Science Branch, Chief Veterinary Officer and OIE Delegate for Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency. President, Regional Steering Committee, GF-TADs for the Americas. Perspectives of an exporting Member where ASF is not present.
    Presentation

Followed by Q&A session and discussion.

4. INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL INITIATIVES

4.1 Regional/cross border cooperation and global partnerships (global action)

Speakers:

  • Mr Andriy Rozstalnyy, Animal Health Officer, FAO. GF-TADs Global initiative on ASF control and FAO's contribution to regional coordination and cooperation
    Presentation
  • Mr Bernard Van Goethem, Director, Crisis preparedness in food, animals and plants, DG SANTE, European Commission/President of the GF-TAD for Europe. Standing group of experts on African swine fever in Europe under the GF-TADs umbrella.
    Presentation
  • Dr Joyce Bowling-Heyward, Director of Regionalization Evaluation Services, USDA/APHIS. USDA involvement in international collaboration around ASF.
    Presentation

4.2 Scientific collaboration

Speaker:

  • PD Dr Sandra Blome, Past Scientific Director, GARA (Global African Swine Fever Research Alliance). Global research partnerships on ASF.
    Presentation

Followed by Q&A session and discussion.

5. CLOSING REMARKS

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