Asean tightens cooperation in agriculture
LAOS WILL BENEFIT from closer cooperation in agriculture and forestry with other Asean countries as well as with China, Japan and South Korea after productive talks during meetings held recently in Thailand.
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr Lien Thikeo attended the 39th Asean Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) meeting and the 17th Asean Plus Three meeting in Chiang Mai, along with ministers from other countries in the region.
The purpose of the gatherings was to decide on mechanisms for monitoring performance, and setting policies and guidelines for standards and practices in agriculture and forestry among Asean members.
Asean members agreed to adopt practices relating to food safety and agricultural products in line with Asean practices and global changes.
The first round of talks involved a senior officials meeting on agriculture and forestry where officials from the 10 Asean countries considered and approved issues relating to various proposals put to the AMAF.
The second gathering comprised the senior officials and Asean ministerial meeting on agriculture and forestry along with ministers from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea, as well as a session at the permanent secretary level. Also on the agenda was a meeting of Asean senior agricultural officials together with their counterparts from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.
Third on the programme was the 39th Asean ministerial meeting on agriculture and forestry, followed by the Asean ministerial meeting on agriculture and forestry with the bloc’s three trading partners of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea. The conference also reviewed projects undertaken in 2018.
Participants discussed the revision of the framework and restructuring of the working scheme with the aim of reducing some sectors, as well as approving Asean cooperation in agricultural, food and forestry strategies.