From 6 February to 5 April 2013, Ms. Shi Ronghong, Deputy Chief of the Division of Convention Affairs of the CITES Management Authority of China, undertook a Capacity Building Special Assignment as a seconded officer to the ASEAN-WEN Program Coordination Unit. China recently established the National Inter-Agency CITES Enforcement Group (NICEG is also known as China-WEN). The placement is part of the 1st Sino-ASEAN Technical Cooperation Meeting on CITES’ larger capacity building recommendations for its member institutions, which has included staff placements, staff exchanges and study visits across the 2 major regions. Similar postings of ASEAN officers in China is expected in the future.
During that technical cooperation roundtable, officers from the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network and the Government of the Peoples Republic of China produced a a summary of the technical consultation on cooperation, that provides suggestions to strengthen cooperation on wildlife enforcement and related CITES matters between ASEAN-WEN and China, which include matters on information sharing and public awareness, capacity building and trainings, enforcement cooperation and coordination facilitation, and other areas of cooperation.