Hong Kong, China Establish Equine Disease-Free Zone

The only equine disease-free zone on the Chinese mainland paves the way for a new Thoroughbred training center.

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At the Dec. 12 opening of the International Conference on the Equine Disease-Free Zone (ICEDFZ), Hong Kong SAR (special administrative region) and Chinese Mainland authorities signed four memoranda of understanding reinforcing policies and procedures governing the operation of the biosecurity zone in the Conghua District of Guangzhou, on the Chinese mainland, and related horse movement arrangements between the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s new Conghua Training Centre located there and Hong Kong.

This biosecurity zone is the only internationally-recognized equine disease-free zone (EDFZ) in the Chinese mainland. The signing of the memoranda facilitates the opening of the Conghua Training Centre in August 2018 in support of the further development of Hong Kong racing. The ICEDFZ is jointly hosted by the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) and the Hong Kong SAR Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department (AFCD).

“This biosecurity zone in the Conghua District of Guangzhou, together with the accompanying horse movement arrangements, will enable the (HKJC) to continue enhancing its world-class racing and sustain its position as Hong Kong’s single largest tax payer and one of the world’s top ten charity donors,” said Dr. Simon S O Ip, CBE, JP. chairman of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Carrie Lam, chief executive of the Hong Kong SAR, added, “The Conghua project is another exemplary achievement of Hong Kong-Guangdong co-operation, which in due course, will take on a more ambitious vision through the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area development … The EDFZ and the Conghua Training Centre would augur well for the long-term plan of developing equestrian sport in the Bay Area

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