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4th Mongolia-China deputy ministerial working group meeting held

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The fourth meeting of the deputy ministerial working group between Mongolia and China was held in Beijing on December 10-12. The meeting biennially takes place under the Cooperative Agreement on Import and Export Food Safety concluded by the two countries in 2009. Deputy Minister of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry of Mongolia J.Saule and Vice Minister and CPC Committee Member of the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) Li Guo co-chaired the meeting.

The meeting took place after some organizational changes were made to relevant bodies of the two sides. In particular, functions of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China have been transmitted to GACC. As for Mongolia, some veterinary quarantine functions were transferred to the Veterinary and Animal Breeding Agency.

At the three-day meeting, the sides exchanged information on the structural changes and discussed possibilities of exporting oil-plants, barley, cereals and wheat to China, and transporting wheat by vehicles as well as increasing the number of border checkpoints. Moreover, a working group on risk assessment of China was tasked to work in Mongolia prior to consulting on quarantine conditions for exporting milk, dairy products, horse by-products as well as rye and wheat products from Mongolia.

The parties also agreed to actively cooperate under the memorandum concluded last year between the two countries on exporting meat and meat products to third countries through territories of one another. The meeting released a protocol that contains issues of further cooperation. /MONTSAME/