This project is carried out under the Programme “Better Training for Safer Food” financed by the Directorate General for Health and consumers (DG SANCO) of the European Commission. It aims to build the capacities of Third Countries’ staff involved in official controls on animal health and welfare. Throughout this project, AETS will train more than 400 veterinary officers in Asia and the Pacific and organise 6 regional workshops. The project will address animal disease control, HPAI surveillance and control, Rabies control, organisation of the veterinary services, animal welfare of food producing animals. In addition, the project includes the undertaking of technical assistance missions which broadly covered the following objectives: to prepare the country for FVO missions, to assist in implementing EU requirements, to advise on risk assessment and the traceability of animals, to identify and describe the impact of EU policies and requirements on farmers and explain - in detail and from a practical point of view - how they can comply with EU food standards. As a result of this project, the following outcomes are expected: • Higher levels of competence and awareness of EU rules from third countries • Strengthening of controls procedure in third countries • An enhanced playing field for business • An increased access to the EU market for developing countries.