APCoAB Steering Committee Meeting, 3 November 2016, Taichung City, Taiwan

APCoAB Steering Committee, 31 October 2016, Taichung City, Taiwan

The XVIII Steering Committee (SC) Meeting of Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology (APCoAB) was held on 31 October 2016 in Taichung, Taiwan. The meeting was attended by 11 participants, comprising SC members, their representatives, special invitees and observers. APAARI Chairman, Dr Suwit Chakiattiyos, Director General (DG), Department of Agriculture (DOA), Thailand, was represented by Dr Waraporn Prompoj, DDG, DOA, while Vice-Chair, Dr Chun-yen Chen, DG, International Affairs, Council of Agriculture (COA), Taiwan, was represented by Ms Rose, Dong-chong Hsiou, DDG, Department of International Affairs, COA. Other participants included Dr Reynaldo V. Ebora, Acting Executive Director, Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Philippines; Prof Andrew Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Australia, and Dr Raghunath Ghodake, Executive Secretary, APAARI. Dr Jawahir Karihaloo, Sr. Consultant, APAARI, representing APCoAB Coordinator, presented a report on background, progress and proposed future programmes of APCoAB. He also introduced the outline of proposed extension of APAARI-COA collaborative programme for the period 2017-2020. Prof Andrew Campbell, Dr. Waraporn Prompoj and Ms Rose, Dong-chong Hsiou, made important observations and suggestions on APCoAB programme, progress and future plan. As a result of in-depth discussions, the following major recommendations emerged:

  • The outputs of APCoAB workshop on communication strategies to be utilized by APCoAB and APAARI member organizations to develop future strategies for public engagement and debate on agricultural biotechnology.
  • Appointment of new APCoAB Coordinator to be taken up on priority. Notification to be sent to all member organizations so that they could nominate candidates for the post.
  • APCoAB Progress Report for 2016 to be submitted to COA by the end of December 2016.
  • COA has agreed to continue funding support to APCoAB. New proposal for the next phase of APAARI-COA (2017-2020) collaborative programme based on newly developed APAARI Strategic Plan to be submitted soon. Decision on the requested enhancement of funding support shall be taken by COA after a review of the proposal.
  • Activities for 2017 to be initiated soon after the new Coordinator joins. It is expected that a larger number of activities shall be taken up during this year since there would be some additional savings available due to absence of APCoAB Coordinator during 2015.
  • ACIAR-FAO project on regional consultation meetings on biotechnology is presently under discussion and APCoAB will also be involved in its implementation.
Published on: 2017-03-01 (307 reads)
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