Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Ukrainian delegation discuss areas of collaboration
8 May 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Nikolay Prisyazhnyuk, Ukrainian Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food to discuss the further strengthening of the already excellent collaboration with the country.
The Director-General expressed his appreciation for Ukraine’s role in the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS), a G20 initiative to enhance food market transparency and encourage coordination of policy action in response to market uncertainty, the secretariat of which is hosted by FAO.
The Minister highlighted the important role and potential of Ukraine, as well as its responsibility towards supporting developing countries. He stressed the country’s major role as a grain exporter and player in the international markets. He called for a greater involvement of major exporting countries in global discussions and multilateral frameworks, such as the G20 or others. Discussions further touched upon the country’s more active involvement in the AMIS framework; enhancing control measures for animal diseases in the region; and possible assistance on Chernobyl disaster mitigation.
Minister Prisyazhnyuk expressed Ukraine’s appreciation for the technical support FAO provided on improving access to agriculture finance. Thanks to FAO assistance, the Crop Receipts Law was drafted. This legislation, inspired by the Cédula de Produto Rural in Brazil, became effective in Ukraine in April 2013. Graziano da Silva reinterred his commitment to supporting the important work of the Ministry, and offered FAO’s assistance with the implementation of the pre- and post- harvest financing legislation in close partnership with FAO's partners from the international financing institutions.
“Close collaboration between FAO and Ukraine is an asset and great opportunity to improve local, regional, and global food security,” Graziano da Silva said. The two then spoke about overall global efforts related to food security, including the maintenance of food stocks and emergency reserves at regional levels, the need to keep food security a priority in the upcoming G-20 discussions, and the First Meeting of the China-Latin America and the Caribbean Agricultural Ministers' Forum to be held in Beijing in early June 2013.
Graziano da Silva also extended an invitation to Minister Prisyazhnyuk to attend the FAO Conference in June and the Ministerial Meeting on International Food Prices to be held at FAO headquarters in October 2013.