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About the Equine Disease Free Zone

Animal diseases and relevant equine quarantine matters including import and export control are crucial to international movement of horses. As the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), has implemented a very comprehensive and stringent animal import control strategy, Hong Kong was considered by the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) (also known as the World Organisation for Animal Health) to have a very good horse disease status and was free from most serious infectious equine diseases listed by the OIE for the 2008 Olympics and Paralympics Equestrian Events to take place. Hong Kong has also established protocols with 18 Government Veterinary Authorities which allow legitimate movements of Hong Kong horses amongst these countries/places.

The establishment and international recognition of the Equine Disease Free Zone (EDFZ) in Conghua for the equestrian event in 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, the Mainland China was a milestone that offered a significant contribution to the development and maintenance of a long-term EDFZ for horse movement between Hong Kong and the future training centre in Conghua