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APEC ministers settle action plan on bird flu

Ministers from the Asian-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum have adopted an Action Plan that will strengthen the ability of member economies to detect and respond to outbreaks of Avian Influenza in the Asia-Pacific.

At the conclusion of the APEC Ministerial Meeting on Avian and Influenza Pandemics in Da Nang on May 5, ministers endorsed the "APEC Action Plan on the Prevention and Response to Avian and Influenza Pandemics."

 

 

The action plan covers five specific areas:

 

  1. Multi-sectoral co-operation and co-ordination on avian and pandemic influenza;
  2. Establishing best practices and common approaches to risk communications;
  3. Mitigating negative effects of avian influenza on agriculture and trade;
  4. Working with the private sector to help ensure continuity of business, trade and essential services, and
  5. Strengthening regional and international co-operation.

 

Ministers agreed to the Action Plan that creates new avenues for each APEC Member to work with colleagues in other economies and at the domestic level to overcome the Avian Influenza threat, he added.


The full text of the action plan can be found in this article .

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