With a view to strengthen agricultural cooperation, improve the quality and safety of pesticides and agricultural products, and promote fair and equitable trade and investment in pesticides under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, the agricultural departments of China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Vietnam recently reached a consensus on setting specifications for pesticide quality. They issued the Statement of Intent for Cooperation on Promoting Specification-setting for Pesticide Quality Under the Belt and Road Initiative, and clarified working plans and mechanisms for the next phase of cooperation.
According to the Statement, China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Vietnam will cooperate in the following areas: 1) Exchanges of human and environment friendly demands for pesticides. The countries shall remain in control of the occurrence of major pests in their crops, exchange information on pesticide application in their respective countries, and bring forward respective demands of pesticides and pest control for future use. 2) Jointly identifying catalogues of pesticides. The countries shall refer to the current lists of pesticide quality specification from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) in their utilization of new series of pesticides, new bio-pesticides and traditional pesticides. 3) Jointly promoting the specification-setting. The countries shall support the APPPC in prioritizing the specification-setting for the pesticides listed on the catalogues mentioned in the Provision 2 under the Article II of the Statement of Intent. 4) Collaborative research and personnel training. The countries shall support and encourage collaborative research among relevant laboratories, push forward the establishment of regional laboratories, and conduct sharing of protocols on registration for commercialization of specific bio-pesticides, personnel training and technical exchanges for the Asia-Pacific region through various approaches.