SAA Working Groups Meetings - Biotechnology and Seed treatment


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SAA working groups meetings which will be held on 23 & 24 of August in Santiago, Chile according to the following information:

Tuesday 23rd August | Biotechnology and Seed treatment (9 AM to 6 PM)
* Meetings on same day will be running simultaneously in separate rooms.

These face to face meetings have been set in order to attend the demand of the working groups and move forward with the work plan of each one. 

FYI: Simultaneous translation will be provided (Spanish/English)


Seed Treatment Working Group

23 August / 8.30 AM - 5.30 PM. 
Hotel Plaza El Bosque | Santiago | Chile

8.30 – 9.00 Coffee
9.00 – 9.15
Welcome by Chairs and SAA BOD Members
9.15 – 9.20 Agenda Review
9.20 – 10.50 Participating National Associations and ISF update on their activities around Seed Applied Technology, use and movement of treated seed in and out of their country. What they expect to get out of this meeting and going forward?
10.50 – 11.10 Coffee Break
11.10 – 12.00 Update on SAA Phytosanitary Working Group’s activities, focusing on the Authorities Draft Document where Seed Treatment is an important part of this draft document (attached for your review and help with our discussion and input)
12.00 - 12.20 Review of current status of filled out Questionnaires and Excel Data Base, as well as answer any outstanding questions, comments or concerns about this info.
12.20 - 13.00 Break out session to complete any remaining questionnaires by participants, that we can then build onto existing Data base.
13.00 - 14.20 Lunch
14.20 - 15.00
Review of the break out group session
15.00 - 15.30 Review of the current status of the SAA website and its capabilities for interaction and user friendliness
15.30 - 15.50 Coffee Break
15.50 - 17.00
Builiding – upgrading basic data base gathered up to or completed during the F2F Meeting, so that it can be uploaded to the SAA Website as soon as it is up and running (does it need to go on the Member countries’ website as well?)
17.00 - 17.45 Review of the day’s work. What’s next? Follow up teleconf calls and any other business
17.45 - 18.00 Closing remarks by SAA BOD member, chairs and group – Adjourn

Biotechnology Working Group

23 August | 9 AM - 6 PM
Hotel Plaza El Bosque | Santiago | Chile

8.00 – 8.15 Welcome to the BWG, rules/instructions of the meeting (Diego Risso)
8.15 – 10.30 Plant Breeding Innovation/New Breeding Techniques (Coordination by Bernice Slutzky)
 General situation worldwide and specific SAA country situations (BS + NSA´s).
 Update from the ISF PBI WG (BS).
 Discussion of ISF concept paper on consistent criteria.
 Role of the SAA and the Americas in the overall international strategy
 Discussion of possible SAA activities: Meeting/workshops with authorities, opportunities/timings.
 Coordination with CLI organizations, the “AgroBios”.
 Recommendations for SAA efforts/activities.
10.30 – 10.45 Coffee Break
10.45 – 12.30
Low Level Presence (LLP) (Coordination by Claudia Nari)
Situation in each SAA country: Is LLP a key priority/key issue?
Effectiveness of SAA past efforts, what is now needed in each country?
Discussion on Asynchronous Approvals as focus for SAA:
Possible options for end goals are they achievable, mutual acceptance of approvals, mutual acceptance of risk assessments y harmonized data requirements.
Recommendation on whether/how SAA should proceed.
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 IRM –
Trait Insect Resistance situation in Latin America (Juan Kiekebusch)
The situation on FAW (Spodoptera sp.) and SCB (Diatraea sp.)
Regionalization of the FAW problem and measures by industry, discussion on the role of SAA and relation with CLI-IRAC-Biotech.
15.00 – 15.45 Biotechnology and IP (Coordinated by Diego Risso)
 Evaluate opportunities of understanding/complementation of Biotech and IP with members of the IP WG.
 Discuss related questions from the NSA´s and see the way forward.
15.45 – 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 – 17.00
The BWG (JFK): Organization of the BWG and actual activities. Future activities, meetings, calls.
Conclusions and wrap up: agreement on recommendations
Agreement on SAA´s short term activities/meetings/calls.
17.00 Adjourn