Standing Committee on International Trade & Quarantine

APSA Virtual Technical Session 2020
Standing Committee on International Trade & Quarantine
Monday the 23rd of November 2020
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (GMT+7/ICT)
12:00 pm -
12:05 pm 
  • Welcome Speech
  • Dr. May Kanokwan Chodchoey - Executive Director, APSA
12:05 pm -
12:10 pm
  • Opening Remarks
  • Mr. Michael Leader - Chair, SC ITQ
12:10 pm -
12:30 pm
  • Access to Seeds Index presents the South & Southeast Asia Landscaping Report
  • Q&A Session
  • Ms. Aarti Misal - World Benchmarking Alliance
  • Ms. Alice Ingabire - Access to Seeds Index - Benchmark Lead
12:30 pm -
1:00 pm 
  • Lab Accreditation Practices shared by ASTA
  • Q&A Session
  • ASTA Video
1:00 pm -
1:05 pm 
Online Coffee Break
1:05 pm -
1:25 pm
  • OECD Report on the Impact of COVID-19 on Seed Sector
  • Mr. Csaba Gaspar - OECD Seed Schemes Program Manager
1:25 pm -
1:40 pm
  • Summary of the 6th Phytosanitary Expert Consultation
  • APSA's Standing Committee on Interantional Trade & Quarantine
1:40 pm -
2:00 pm
  • Q&A Discussion
  • Ms. Abigail Struxness - Co-Chair, SC ITQ
2:00 pm Session Close



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Aarti Misal
World Benchmarking Alliance 

Aarti Misal is leading the research for the Access to Seeds Index. Prior to joining World Benchmarking Alliance, Aarti has worked with several seed companies based in India and has experience in providing market intelligence data for companies involved in Foods and Beverages, Seeds, Agricultural Commodities, and Agrochemical sector. She has comprehensive knowledge of Intellectual Property and Plant Variety Protection, Biosafety and Regulatory affairs and Agribusiness Consultancy. Aarti believes that the private sector has a crucial role to play in advancing the SDGs, and benchmarking is a powerful tool in a way to measure and incentivize business impact towards a sustainable future.




Csaba Gaspar
OECD Seed Schemes Program Manager 

Csaba Gaspar is the Programme Manager of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Seed Schemes. In this capacity he ensures the co-ordinaton of the implementation of the OECD’s  international seed varietal certification systems in the 61 participating countries of the Seed Schemes. 

Mr Gaspar has an MSc in Horticulture with specialisation in Biotechology as well as an MSc in Geo-Information Systems (GIS).  He has 18 years of experiences in standardisation and certification of agricultural products such as agricultural seeds, fruits & vegetables, and forest reproductive materials. Before joining the OECD in 2006 he worked for the National Food Chain Safety Office  of Hungary as inspector and coordinator of international relations. He was the Chair of the Specialised Session on Standardisation of Dry and Dried Produce  and Vice-Chair of the Working Party 7 on Agricultural Quality Standards of The United Nation Economic Commission for Europe in 2005 and 2006.