ARISE – Workshop on the Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Prepared Foodstuff

Assignment Name : Workshop on the Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Prepared Food Stuff
Country : Indonesia
Location within country : Hotel Gran Mahakam, Jakarta
Name of Client :European Union&ASEAN Secretariat
Start Date (Month/Year) : 18/11/2013 Completion Date (Month/Year) :20/11/2013

The ASEAN Regional Integration Support from the EU (ARISE) programme is a technical co-operation facility. Implemented over the four year period to 2016, the purpose of ARISE is to support the Implementation of key regional integration initiatives priorities in the Master Plan for ASEAN Connectivity, to build the ASEAN single market and production base.

Support will be given to a variety of ASEAN bodies that include the ASEAN Secretariat, the Comittee of Permanent Representatives and bodies such as the Coordinating Commitee on ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement, the Coordinating Comittee on Costums, the Coordinating Comittee on Standards and Quality, working under the purview of the ASEAN Senior Economic Officials Meeting, the ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting, the ASEAN Finance Ministers Meeting.

The ASEAN working groups have been working on several ASEAN CONTROL FOOD COMMON RULES (ACFCR). These common requirements have been translated to national regulation and if these regulations have been harmonized at the regional level.
Representatives from Member States who make up the ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality Prepared Foodstuff Product Working Group (PFPWG) and from relevant ASEAN groups on health and agriculture discussed issues around regulatory system and conformity assessment procedures required for stimulating the internal market for prepared foodstuff while protecting consumers. There were also discussions on food trade in ASEAN as well as concerns and expectations of ASEAN industry, including the SME sector.