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FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Asia and Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics - 26

15-19 February 2016, Thimphu, Bhutan

In accordance with Article VI-1 of the FAO Constitution, the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) is organizing the twenty-sixth session of the Asia and Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics (APCAS 26), in Thimphu, 15-19 February 2016 at the kind invitation of the Royal Government of Bhutan.

Purpose of the meeting

The Asia and Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics (APCAS) is a statutory body of FAO. APCAS brings together senior statistics officials from FAO member countries of the Asia and Pacific region, who are responsible for the development of agricultural statistics in their respective countries. They review the developments in their agricultural statistical systems since the last session and exchange ideas with experts from FAO and other organizations on the state of food and agricultural statistics in the region. FAO uses this occasion to inform the member countries about its activities in during the preceding biennium, particularly in Asia and the Pacific region.

Membership of the Commission

As per the Statute of the Commission, the membership of the Commission is open to all Member Nations of FAO and Associate Members whose territories are situated wholly or partly in the Asia and the Pacific Region or who are responsible for the international relations of any non-self-governing territories in the Region. As of December 2015, 25 countries are members of APCAS, namely Afghanistan,  Australia, Bangladesh,  Bhutan, Cambodia, People’s Rep. of China, Fiji, France, India, Indonesia, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America and Viet Nam.

FAO member nations interested in becoming a member of the Commission may contact the APCAS Secretary for guidance in this regard.


Apart from delegates nominated by the member countries, FAO partner institutions are also invited as observers with a right to speak. FAO technical experts from Regional Offices and headquarters take part in the deliberations.