Data plat­form to help China, ASEAN con­trol dis­eases across their borders

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By WANG XIAODONG wangx­i­aodong@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China and the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions launched a data plat­form for the con­trol and preven­tion of plant and an­i­mal dis­eases, dur­ing a meet­ing in Nanning, cap­i­tal of the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion, on Satur­day.

Through the plat­form, China and ASEAN mem­bers can fol­low uni­fied reg­u­la­tions in the mon­i­tor­ing, preven­tion and con­trol of an­i­mal and plant dis­eases across their borders, and will have more in­ten­si­fied and ef­fec­tive co­op­er­a­tion in this field, Li Jian­wei, chief of an­i­mal and plant quar­an­tine su­per­vi­sion at the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Qual­ity Su­per­vi­sion, In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine, said dur­ing the launch cer­e­mony for the plat­form at the Fifth China-ASEAN Min­is­te­rial Meet­ing on Qual­ity Su­per­vi­sion, In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine.

The meet­ing was at­tended by 95 del­e­gates from China and the 10 ASEAN mem­bers.

In ad­di­tion, the plat­form will fa­cil­i­tate trade be­tween China and ASEAN, re­sult­ing in a swifter flow of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, he said.

“With ac­cel­er­ated eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion, an­i­mal and

With ac­cel­er­ated ... glob­al­iza­tion, an­i­mal and plant dis­eases have been trans­mit­ted more rapidly and ex­ten­sively across borders.”

Li Jian­wei, chief of an­i­mal and plant quar­an­tine su­per­vi­sion at the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Qual­ity Su­per­vi­sion, In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine plant dis­eases have been trans­mit­ted more rapidly and ex­ten­sively across borders,” Li said. “This poses a se­ri­ous threat to the global econ­omy and the pub­lic health and eco­log­i­cal sys­tems. China and ASEAN also face the same prob­lem.”

The plat­form will in­te­grate re­lated sys­tems used by China and ASEAN mem­bers, such as an­i­mal and plant dis­ease col­lec­tion, mon­i­tor­ing, in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment and warn­ing sys­tems, and eval­u­ate risks of dis­eases spread­ing in or­der to of­fer ra­tio­nal and eco­nom­i­cal so­lu­tions for preven­tion and con­trol, Li said.

More than 1 mil­lion met­ric tons of fruit from ASEAN mem­bers was ex­ported to China last year through Guangxi, which borders Viet­nam, up 45 per­cent year-onyear, ac­cord­ing to the re­gional govern­ment.

Last year, en­try-exit au­thor­i­ties across China in­ter­cepted 1.04 mil­lion batches of harm­ful species and pre­vented them from en­ter­ing China, an in­crease of about 30 per­cent com­pared with the pre­vi­ous year, ac­cord­ing to Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Qual­ity Su­per­vi­sion, In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine.

To fa­cil­i­tate trade, the first pi­lot zone for fa­cil­i­tat­ing bor­der in­spec­tion and quar­an­tine in China be­gan op­er­a­tions in Pingx­i­ang, Guangxi, in Au­gust.

“The speed of cus­toms clear­ance of goods has in­creased by more than 60 per­cent since the pi­lot zone be­gan op­er­a­tion in Au­gust,” said Wang Ji­wei, deputy chief of the Guangxi En­try-Exit In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine Bureau.

Sim­i­lar pi­lot zones will be pro­moted in other bor­der ar­eas in China by 2018 to fa­cil­i­tate trade, ac­cord­ing to the Guangxi bureau.

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