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Summary

High-level international conference as part of the 85th Berlin International Green Week

The unprecedented spread of African swine fever (ASF) worldwide requires global action and even more effective collaboration and communication between all relevant stakeholders in the areas of agriculture and the environment.

The future of global pork production, and therefore food security, is under threat from this devastating disease.

In this context, a high-level international conference "The Future of global pork production under the threat of African swine fever" was organised by the European Commission in Berlin, Germany on 17 January 2020.

The aim of the event was to foster coordinated global actions to reduce the impact of ASF on pork production and international trade.

The conference was opened by Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Julia Klöckner, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture of Germany and Marija Vučković, Minister of Agriculture of Croatia. EU and third country Ministers, International Organisations as well as numerous important global stakeholders were also in attendance at the conference which also saw dedicated panel discussions organised.

Presentations of the event

Panel discussion 1: unprecedented global threat and the worldwide impact of African swine fever

  1. ASF in Bulgaria
  2. ASF preparedness in Australia
  3. Korean experience on ASF
  4. The unprecedented global spread of ASF
  5. Strategic challenges to sustainable global control of ASF
  6. ASF preparedness in America
  7. ASF in China
  8. ToolsforASF control

Panel discussion 2: collaborative approach and future of global pork production

  1. Biosecurity is a key and an investment in a long-term
  2. The key role of hunters to manage ASF spread in wild boar populations globally
  3. Global research partnerships to generate scientific knowledge on ASF
  4. Global meat trade: impact of ASF
  5. The impact of ASF on Chinese pork production and strategic assessment of future impact
  6. EU challenges for EU Agriculture and Rural Development

Participants

Indicative list of country and organisations

Video content

  • Opening remarks - Stella KYRIAKIDES, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety - Marija VUČKOVIĆ, Minister of Agriculture, Croatia - Julia KLÖCHNER, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Germany - Joachim RUKWIED, President of Copa (representing European farmers) - Taku ETOH, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, JapanNews
  • Participation of Janusz Wojciechowski, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Conclusions and closing remarks - Anne BUCHER, Director-General, DG Health and Food Safety, European Commission

Conclusions

The Chair's conclusions were presented by Anne Bucher, Director-General of DG SANTE, to close the event.

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Agenda

  • 17 January: 16.00 - 16.30 (Europe/Luxembourg)
    Chair: Anne Bucher  Moderator: Corinna Egerer 

    Opening remarks

    • Stella Kyriakides, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
    • Julia Klöckner, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Germany
    • Marija Vučković, Minister of Agriculture, Croatia
    • Taku Etoh, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan
    • Joachim Rukwied, President of Copa (representing European farmers)
  • 17 January: 16.30 - 17.10

    1. Panel discussion: unprecedented global threat and the worldwide impact of African swine fever

    • ASF in Bulgaria: Desislava Taneva, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Bulgaria
    • ASF preparedness in Australia: Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Agriculture, Australia
    • Korean experience on ASF: Jae-ouk Lee, Vice Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Republic of Korea
    • The unprecedented global spread of ASF: Dr. Monique Eloit, Director General, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
    • Strategic challenges to sustainable global control of ASF: Bukar Tijani, Assistant Director-General, of the and Consumer Protection Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    • ASF preparedness in America: Dr. Jaspinder Komal, President, OIE/FAO GF-TADs Steering Committee of the Americas Region, Canada
    • ASF in China: Wang Gongmin, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the People's Republic of China
    • ToolsforASF control: Dr. Sergey Dankvert, Head, Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, the Russian Federation
  • 17 January: 17.10 - 17.25

    Q&A

  • 17 January: 17.25 - 18.05

    2. Panel discussion: collaborative approach and future of global pork production

    • Biosecurity is a key and an investment in a long-term: Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General, Copa-Cogeca (representing European farmers and European agri-cooperatives)
    • The key role of hunters to manage ASF spread in wild boar populations globally: Dr. David Scallan, Secretary General, European Federation for Hunting and Conservation
    • Global research partnerships to generate scientific knowledge on ASF: PD Dr. Sandra Blome, Science Director, Global African swine fever Research Alliance (GARA)
    • Global meat trade: impact of ASF: Guillaume Roué, President, International Meat Secretariat (IMS)
    • The impact of ASF on Chinese pork production and strategic assessment of future impact: Rupert Claxton, Meat Director, GIRA (strategic consultancy and market research firm)
    • Challenges for EU Agriculture and Rural Development: Janusz Wojciechowski, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
  • 17 January: 18.05 - 18.20

    Q&A

  • 17 January: 18.20 - 18.30

    Chair’s conclusions and closing remarks

    • Anne Bucher, Director-General, DG Health and Food Safety, European Commission

Practical information

When
17 January 2020, 16.00 - 18.30 (CET)
Where
room Beta 6+7 in Hub27 (Messegelände),
Messedamm 22
14055 Berlin
Germany

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