Politics • 28 February, 2019

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan signed Roadmap on Strengthening Phytosanitary Control

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Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin received Vice Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Zheish Razakov on Feb. 28 in Ukimet Uyi. Government negotiations on cooperation in the field of agriculture continued during the meeting of the Deputy Prime Ministers of Kazakhstan Zhenis Kassymbek and the Kyrgyz Republic Zhenish Razakov.

As a result of the negotiations, a roadmap was signed between the phytosanitary services of the countries on strengthening phytosanitary quarantine control in the Kyrgyz Republic. The document provides a specific list of activities from 17 points, the priority points should be implemented by the phytosanitary service of the Kyrgyz Republic from February to July 2019.

The Kyrgyz side requested to lift the ban on the import of potatoes, apples and persimmon into Kazakhstan. In turn, Kazakhstan expressed its readiness to remove the provisional phytosanitary quarantine measures imposed on Feb. 19, 2019, after consideration by the Kazakhstani side of information on the elimination of 465 violations recorded in 2018 – February 2019 by the Kyrgyz phytosanitary service.

Special attention was paid to the issues of veterinary and sanitary control in the Kazakh-Kyrgyz part of the state border.

In general, according to the parties, a set of measures in the areas of sanitary-quarantine, veterinary-sanitary, quarantine phytosanitary and other forms of control will allow to deepen bilateral cooperation and expand cooperation within the Eurasian Economic Union.

In addition, joint positions in the water and energy sector were identified. Agreements have been reached to automate the accounting of transboundary water resources.

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