Mr Chalit Damrongsak , Deputy Permanent Secretary and Secretary-General of the National FAO Committee,
Mr Kristhawat Nopnakeepongse, Deputy Secretary General, National Research Council of Thailand,
Ladies and gentlemen,
On behalf of FAO, I would like to welcome all of you to the Country Programming Framework Implementation Review Workshop in Pattaya today. I would also like to thank all of you for your attendance and support, despite of your busy schedule.
The current Country Programming Framework or CPF was jointly formulated by the Government of Thailand and FAO for FAO’s technical cooperation in Thailand for the period 2012-2016. It identifies key priority areas in which FAO will focus its assistance in a way that effectively support the implementation of the Government’s priorities in the area of FAO’s competence, while ensuring maximum synergy and complementarity with the 11th National Economic and Social Development Plan, the United Nations Partnership Framework and FAO Strategic Framework.
Six priority areas are identified and selected under the CPF, as follows;
- Poverty alleviation and reduction of social and economic inequalities through sustainable agricultural development;
- Adaptation and mitigation of negative impacts of climate change and natural disasters, and promotion of sustainable natural resources management;
- Facilitating ASEAN integration, South-South cooperation and other regional cooperation in the agriculture sector;
- Ensuring food safety and quality, and promoting trade and food availability to consumers;
- Empowering farmers’ organizations, and promoting private-sector involvement and rural youth; and
- Harmonization of food security and bio-energy policy development.
After one and a half years of the CPF implementation since January 2012, there are a number of significant changes in situation and new emerging issues worldwide. The over-exploitation and inappropriate management of natural resources accompanying economic growth has resulted in environment degradation. Natural disasters have increased in frequency and severity. The outbreak of new Avian Influenza or H7N9 was first reported to have infected humans in 2013 in China. These issues have impacted on the national economy, especially in rural areas which are the most vulnerable in society. Therefore, the topics to be discussed during this workshop will focus on new emerging issues, future priority needs and resource mobilization for the next year CPF implementation. In addition, with the introduction of the FAO new strategic objectives approved by the 38th Session of the FAO Conference in June 2013, it is a good opportunity to adjust the CPF priority to be in line with the new strategic objectives.
In this regard, your presence here today is a special privilege and opportunity for us to receive your valuable suggestions. I sincerely hope that today’s gathering will lead to further strengthening our strong partnership and collaboration towards the promotion of sustainable agriculture and rural development, and to enhance our support and service to those segments of the Thai people which need it most, such as poor farmers and other rural dwellers.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thank to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives for organizing this important workshop.
I do hope this review workshop will prove to be a valuable forum for discussion in improving the effective implementation of CPF in Thailand and will enhance our fruitful cooperation which we have always enjoyed in the past.
Once again, I thank you for your presence here today and I am looking forward to a successful outcome of the meeting.