Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Hiroyuki Konuma

FAO Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific

OPENING ADDRESS

by
He Changchui
FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific
for the

GROUP TRAINING OF MOAC OFFICERS, THAILAND

17 to 19 March 2003
FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand




Good Morning
Distinguished Officers from the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of FAO, it is my pleasure to welcome all of you in this room to this training course and to provide you with some information about FAO.

The establishment of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Thailand was approved in 1952 by the Thai cabinet and by the National FAO Committee which was appointed by the cabinet in 1948. Relations between the FAO Office and the Thai Government from that day forward have been maintained through the focal point of the National FAO Committee. The Office of the Secretary-General of the National FAO Committee is located under the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. Dr Ampon Kittiampon, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the MOAC, is now the Secretary-General.

Some of the coordinating functions carried out by the National FAO Committee are as follows:

1.  Ensuring coordination between FAO and the various services and agencies of the Thai government.

2.  Making decisions on which representatives from the various Thai governmental agencies will participate in
     meetings organized by FAO.

3.  Acting as the contact point for requesting assistance from FAO.

4.  Seeking, disseminating and exchanging technical knowledge from FAO about food and agriculture.

The group training will provide you with information about the structure, functions and activities of FAO in order for you to gain a better understanding about FAO’s assistance to member countries.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We would like to call your attention to what FAO has done for Thailand in the form of FAO projects.

From 1977 to the present, FAO has approved 87 Technical Cooperation Programme projects for Thailand amounting to a total of US$ 10 178 402. The purpose of the Technical Cooperation Programme (or TCP) is to make FAO’s specialized competence more readily available to member nations for the solution of their most pressing development problems in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors and rural development. FAO has also approved 22 Telefood projects amounting to a total of US$ 126 739. The purpose of TeleFood is to pay for small, sustainable projects that help small-scale farmers produce more food for their families and communities.

FAO would like to take this opportunity to express its appreciation for the kind cooperation of the Thai Government, particularly in the Partnership Programme Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries, including the Use of Retired Experts and South-South-Cooperation, details of which will be outlined in this training course.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

During your stay in our office for the training, we would appreciate very much if you could let us know of any needs you may have which you would like included in the course.

We hope that this training course will prove to be a valuable learning experience for you and will enhance the fruitful cooperation which we have always enjoyed in the past.

Thank you very much for your attention.