BTSF World - Animal Health & Welfare- Asia/Pacific (2015-2016) - (EAHC) 2012 96 16

world6_ahawContract EAHC N°2012 96 16

Organisation and implementation of training activities on improving and strengthening the sanitary and phytosanitary framework in non-EU Member countries - Animal Health and Welfare in Asia and the Pacific.



The contract started in September 2013 and the activities ended in December 2016. A total of 6 regional workshops and 120 days of Sustained Training and Assistants Missions were organized. 2 workshops were on Animal Welfare, 2 workshops on animal health, 1 workshop on the organization of the official controls and 1 workshop on Anti-microbial resistance. 4 workshops were organised in ASEAN region, 1 in the Pacific and 1 in SAARC region.

  • 2 workshops in 2014, 2 workshops in 2015 and 2 workshops in 2016
  • Seminar duration: 4 full days
  • Regional coverage: Asia and the Pacific
  • 120 working days of Sustained Training and Technical Assistance Missions on animal welfare and on development of sustainable aquaculture production in ASEAN region.




General Objective: To enhance the animal health, animal welfare and the food security in the beneficiary countries.

Specific Objectives: The specific objectives changed from a workshop to another. However, all the workshops aimed at contributing to a more efficient and effective control of Animal Diseases which have a direct or indirect impact on the food security, animal welfare and public health in the beneficiary countries.


Due to the nature of the activities and to the short time spent between the end of the project and the reporting, up to date there is no measurable trade impact, with the exception of the workshop in Vietnam.

In January 2014, a regional workshop on Animal Disease Control was organised in Hanoi, Vietnam. DG SANTE included in the programme a presentation on the EU official control system on Bovine Spongiforme Encephalopathology (BSE). At that time, Vietnam had in place a trade barrier to EU bovine meat, justifying it with the risk of introduction of BSE. Therefore, the workshop aimed at promoting EU official control system to reassure the trade partners on the safety of EU food products. In 2014 EU was negotiating a Bilateral Trade Agreement with Vietnam. Since 2016 the Vietnamese market reopened to EU beef. Therefore, the BTSF workshop contributed to the overall EU trade strategy.

Most of the Sustained Training Missions aimed at developing the aquaculture activities in three ASEAN countries, namely Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.

In the medium period, it is expected that the development of aquaculture will contribute to the food security in the rural areas from one side and to the regional trade from the other side. At the same time, these activities are well integrated in the EU development policy in the region. In Myanmar, the STMs allowed to bridge between two EU funded projects (Myanmar Trade Development Programme and MYSAP). The missions in Laos and Cambodia allowed to identify technical assistance needs for further EU funding.

As all the missions identified a great potential for the development of aquaculture in the Great Mekong Sub Region, in the long term it is expected an impact on the trade of aquaculture products between these countries and the EU. Myanmar has now an approved residue monitoring plan and in the near future it may be authorised to export fishery products to EU. The interventions were done in a sustainable way, allowing also side products (such as the Artemia and the solar salt production) to be produced.  Learning from the mistakes from Thailand and Vietnam intensive aquaculture farming, polyculture was used rather than the intensive monoculture. Hence the interventions brought a new wind towards aquaculture that may have a bright future ahead. Especially the South-South cooperation fostered through the study visits in Vietnam, allow to share regional know-how among the neighbouring countries. Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia stakeholders could see that with required know-how it was possible to develop aquaculture even without heavy inputs.

The mission on animal welfare in Thailand had no trade impact. The mission was successful in providing technical assistance to modify the parameters of the electrical stunning of poultry in order to make them compliant with EU requirements. However, the expert recommendations were not applied, due to the lack of engagement both of the Thai authorities and the poultry industry.



Support provided by the project

262 supported participants from Asia and The Pacific attended the regional workshops. In addition, 19 Sustained Training Missions for a total of 120 working days were deployed in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.


Consortium Partners

Consortium Partners :

  • Leader: FVI
  • Partners: AETS and Veteffect

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