The ASEAN Plant Health Cooperation Network (APHCN) – ASEANET Project “Taxonomic capacity building to support market access for agricultural trade in the ASEAN region”, funded by the Japan ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) has successfully implemented several activities related to capacity building activities for the ASEAN Plant Quarantine & Plant Protection officers and this project is due to be concluded in April 2017. We are considering proposing a 2nd Phase, based on the recommendations from the 10 ASEAN member countries, to organize more capacity building activities - mostly training workshop on diagnostics of major pests and diseases for 2 weeks.
The activity planned offers hands-on opportunity for senior plant protection and quarantine officials to gain practical knowledge on the efficient operation of a national system in the developed world. This opportunity is not possible through something like training workshops. Additionally, face-to-face interaction with Japanese personnel will help build relationships that will help in trade-related activities between Japan and ASEAN.