APAARI General Assembly Meeting, 3 November 2016, Taichung City, Chinese Taipei

The 14th General Assembly Meeting (GAM) of APAARI was hosted by the Council of Agriculture (COA), Taiwan, and held in Taichung, Taiwan, on 3 November 2016. Dr Waraporn Prompoj, Deputy Director General, Department of Agriculture (DOA), Thailand, representing Dr Suwit Chaikiattiyos, Chairman, APAARI, and Director General, DOA, Thailand, chaired the meeting. Dr Sharif Haron, Director General, Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was requested to act as the Vice-Chair. Forty six members, partners, special invitees and APAARI staff and consultants participated in the meeting.

Dr Waraporn Prompoj appreciated that over the past two years, APAARI has made concerted efforts for developing the APAARI Vision 2030 and Strategic Plan 2017-22. They provide overall guidance to strengthening of agri-food research and innovation systems in the region. She urged APAARI to adopt transformative changes in important areas of governance and its development; especially strengthening its capacity and resources in areas of collaboration, knowledge brokering, capacity building and advocacy. She expressed her hope that the GAM participants will deliberate on various agenda items, including the APAARI Strategic Plan 2017-22 and the collective deliberations and contributions will result in positive outcomes of the meeting. She thanked COA, Taiwan for hosting the meeting in the beautiful city of Taichung, Taiwan. She also thanked all the members for their support and contribution in bringing APAARI at this high pedestal.

The key decisions taken by the meeting, which have far reaching progressing implications for the growth and accomplishments of APAARI, are presented below:

  • The audit report and audited financial statements for 2014 and 2015 were endorsed. Also endorsed was the audit report and financial statements for the interim period January – September 2016.
  • Advanced and refined version of the “APAARI Strategic Plan 2017-2022: Pathways to strengthened agri-food research and innovations in Asia and the Pacific”, was unanimously endorsed after systematic deliberation and enriched consultations.
  • By considering implications arising of the Strategic Plan, the APAARI Executive Committee and the APAARI Secretariat have been directed to work and progress on the changes that are necessary in the areas of APAARI governance and development.
  • As an immediate implication arising through implementation of the APAARI strategy, an enhanced resource (human and financial) mobilization plan was approved for the biennium 2017-18.
  • The necessary change to Article 10 of APAARI constitution on the composition of APAARI Executive Committee was approved, providing for two additional members on the Committee representing: i) the Association of International Research Centers for Development in Agriculture (AIRCA) and ii) the Higher Education Sector (Universities).
  • As an urgency for immediate replacement of Dr Raghunath Ghodake, who would be concluding his assignment effective as of 31 December 2016 due to his ill-health, a decision was made to have an interim Executive Secretary to manage APAARI programmes/activities.
  • New Executive Committee for the Biennium 2017-2018
             Chair: PARC, Pakistan
             Vice-Chair: NARI, Papua New Guinea

             DOA, Thailand

             COA, Taiwan

             NARC, Nepal

             MAF, Western Samoa

             The World Vegetable Center (AIRCA)

             IAUA, India (Higher Education Sector)

             Executive Secretary, GFAR

             CGIAR (to be nominated by CGIAR Systems Office)

             Farmers Associations (to be decided by EC)

             NGO (to be decided by EC)
             Private Sector (to be decided by EC
Published on: 2017-03-01 (714 reads)
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