Central Asia Regional Agriculture Cooperation: Horticulture Value Chain Development Workshop | Asian Development Bank

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Central Asia Regional Agriculture Cooperation: Horticulture Value Chain Development Workshop

Event | 23 - 25 May 2017 Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Background

Agricultural trade is becoming an important instrument of economic growth. The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) member countries (CMCs), strategically located at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, have the potential to substantially increase trade across Central Asia. In the last 3 decades, trade in high-value products in the region—fruits, vegetables, and others—has seen the highest increase among food products. These are highly perishable and pose serious food safety risks if safety standards are not followed during production, processing, and transportation, all the way to consumption. The movement of perishable products through border-crossing points in the CMCs is considerably delayed by multiple regulatory inspections and clearance procedures related to food safety. These inefficiencies are costly and significantly hamper international trade. A key hurdle for Central Asian countries in increasing exports of primary and processed food products to the European Union, Russian Federation, and People’s Republic of China is the slow adoption of internationally recognized food safety standards, inadequate innovation, low private sector investment, and value chain infrastructure limitations.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), ADB Institute, and the CAREC Institute are holding the workshop to foster better understanding and informed policy actions to improve productivity along the global horticulture value chains.

Objectives

  • Increase the capacity of policy makers in ADB’s developing member countries to increase the gains from horticulture exports by developing agriculture value chains
  • Improve awareness of support mechanisms required to strengthen agriculture value chains by highlighting the role of public and private sectors in agribusinesses

Participants

20–25 midlevel government officials from the ministries of agriculture, planning and development, and industry and commerce from 11 Central and West Asian countries (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, People’s Republic of China, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan)

Output

  • Improved awareness of policy options and support mechanisms required to strengthen value chains and international trade in horticulture
  • Better appreciation of the important roles of public and private sectors in developing value chains and the agribusiness
  • Policy briefs and actions to improve horticulture value chains

How to register

By invitation only.

Language

English

Partners

Asian Development Bank and CAREC Institute

Time of event

09:00 - 18:00