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US Embassy opens Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service office
  • | VET | February 07, 2018 06:02 PM
The US Embassy celebrated the opening of a new office of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in Hanoi on February 5.

Photo: The US Embassy

APHIS Deputy Administrator Ms. Cheryle Blakely, US Ambassador H.E. Daniel Kritenbrink, and Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam formally opened the office at a ceremony alongside guests from the agriculture industry, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and USDA representatives from the region and Washington, D.C.

“The opening of the APHIS office in Vietnam is the latest example of our continuing efforts to strengthen the trade relationship and create stronger ties between our governments and peoples,” Ambassador Kritenbrink told the ceremony.

Growing agriculture trade between the US and Vietnam has created a vital role for APHIS: ensuring that new trade opportunities are realized and that existing trade between the two economies flows smoothly. The APHIS office in Hanoi maintains technical working relationships with Vietnamese counterparts to resolve Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues whenever they arise.

It will also maintain the success of agriculture trade-related commercial activities between the two economies, helping ensure they thrive. The regulatory mission of APHIS allows for a flow of agriculture trade that meets international animal and plant health standards. This aspect of APHIS’s mission has helped Vietnam export several varieties of fruit, including star apples, which are now available to the American public.

The APHIS is a multifaceted agency with a broad mission that includes protecting and promoting US agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act, and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. These efforts support the overall mission of USDA, which is to protect and promote food, agriculture, and natural resources.

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