Ladies and Gentlemen,
Your deliberations over the past three days have been extensive and fruitful. We had the opportunity to hear various presentations and exchanged views and experiences around three major areas, namely Regional and Global Policy and Regulatory Issues, Programme and Budget Matters, and other important issues. Under these broad areas, discussions focused on the state of food and agriculture in the region, on the outcomes of the 37th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) including follow-up actions at regional and country levels, reporting on FAO activities in the region in the biennium 2010-11 including implementation of priorities and recommendations of the five Regional Technical Commissions, and on actions taken on the recommendations of the 30th APRC. We also reviewed and deliberated on important items such as FAO’s Programme of Work and Budget 2012-13 and priority actions for Asia and the Pacific region for the biennium 2014-15, including important subjects related to Decentralization issues and the Multi-year Programme of Work 2012-15 for the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific. The technical presentations and discussions included two subjects that were prioritized for attention by the 30th APRC. These included Sustainable intensification and diversification of crops and agriculture towards food and nutrition security and value chain development and post-harvest loss reduction for smallholder farmers. All these important agenda items, I believe, relate very much to the challenges as well as the opportunities existing in Asia and the Pacific region. Your very useful contributions and guidance has certainly helped prepare the way for further deliberations by the honorable ministers in the coming two days.
I would like to congratulate and thank all delegations for their valuable comments and interventions. These have contributed, I believe, to a true and accurate report of the Meeting’s findings and recommendations to be considered at the Ministerial Meeting. In this respect I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Drafting Committee, under the able direction and guidance of the Rapporteur, Ms Penina Cirikiyasawa of the Delegation of Fiji, for their tireless efforts culminating in a very succinct document with substantive recommendations in such a short space of time.
Finally, it is my honour to propose a vote of thanks to our Chairperson, Mr Luong The Phiet, Director-General, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Government of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam for skilfully guiding the meeting to its successful conclusion. I would also like to thank Ms Erdenejargal from the delegation of Mongolia, for kindly serving as Vice-Chairperson.
I now invite the meeting, before we adjourn, to express our appreciation to all those who contributed to the success