BIOMA attends FAO reference centers workshop


The Workshop on future action planning and capacity development for FAO reference centers was convened from April 14 to 15 inHaikou, Hainan province.

Thomas Laurent, Assistant Director-General of FAO, Qu Sixi, Counsel of Department of International Cooperation of Ministry of Agriculture in China, representatives from FAO headquarter, FAO China Office, Foreign Economic Cooperation Center of Ministry of Agriculture in China, Center of International Cooperation Service, MOA, China, Freshwater Fisheries Research Center of Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences,Hunan Hybrid Rice Research Center, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences were present at the workshop. Biogas Institute of Ministry of Agriculture (BIOMA) also sent a delegation to the workshop.

Mr. Laurent and Mr. Qu delivered speeches on behalf of the FAO and China respectively. In his speech, Mr. Laurent highly praised the important contributions China had made in the international food and agriculture areas and hoped that it would continue to enhance the cooperation between China and FAO with the 50 million USD of trust fund platform. Mr. Qu expressed appreciation to the important role FAO had been playing in poverty reduction and food security areas, and hoped that the FAO reference centers in China would continue with their capacity building, improve their R&D and training levels, develop future action planning, draw on the advanced technology and experience from other countries, integrate various resources, and produce concrete results. In his speech, Mr. Yang Yi, director of the Foreign Economic Cooperation Center (CICOS) of Ministry of Agriculture in China hoped that the five FAO reference centers in China could give full play to their respective expertise, and achieve win-win outcome and common development through participating in and supporting the South-South Cooperation.

As the FAO Reference Center for Biogas Research and Training, BIOMA made a presentation on work review since designation in 2014 and action plan for the following years, and attended in-depth discussionswith other reference centers on how to give full play to their respective advantages and provide technology and policy support to South-south cooperation.