C.Y. Shen, Executive Secretary of the APPPC, reported on the recommendations of the eleventh and twelfth technical consultation among regional plant protection organizations (TC-11 and TC-12).
The eleventh technical consultation among regional plant protection organizations (TC-11) was held in Rome, FAO Headquarters, 30 September to 1 October. The main discussion focussed on the guidelines for recognition of RPPOs; procedures for cooperation between RPPOs and the IPPC Secretariat; and rules of procedures for RPPOs attending SPS Committee meetings.
The meeting determined there were five issues for further discussion:
Priorities for standard setting
NAPPO regional standard for wood dunnage and packing material
Biosafety and GMOs
The twelfth technical consultation among regional plant protection organization (TC-12) was held in San Diego, USA, 11 to13 October 2000. The NAPPO annual meeting, held the following week, included a specific session on phytosanitary alternatives to methyl bromide to which speakers from different regions of the world contributed.
Prof Shen presented a paper on Revision of APPPC and clarified several questions from the floor including:
Funding of the regional standard of SALB
Proposed sub-regions and APPPC would maintain a coordinating role across the sub-regions
Situation with Japans membership
Prof Shen informed participants that the TC-13 would be co-hosted by APPPC and New Zealand in Auckland, New Zealand from 29 to 31 October 2001. He encouraged member countries to send representatives to participate in the TC-13.