The 14th Meeting of the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology (HLPDAB) was hosted and chaired by the Philippines. The meeting focused on creating a positive HLPDAB Ministerial Statement, moving forward with proposals by APEC member economies on biotechnology, on amending the HLPDAB Terms of Reference and on moving forward with a work plan for 2014-2015. Prior to the meeting, the US Department of Agriculture (DA)/ Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and the USAID/APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (ATAARI) project sponsored a successful half-day workshop on the Biotechnology Life Cycle (30 September), which was well-attended, with 120 participants.
The three main topics of the 14th HLPDAB Meeting were:
- Managing asynchronous and asymmetric approvals of biotech products for trade, including low level presence (LLP) in food and feed (policy approaches/initiatives, challenges and considerations);
- Policy considerations and current practices on co-existence of agricultural production systems (conventional, organic and GM crops); and
- Advances in animal biotechnology (livestock, fisheries and aquaculture), regulatory experience, and acceptability issues.