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The consultation was organized at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok. The consultation was held from 6 to 9 December 2000. A copy of the consultation programme is included as Annex 1.

The following office bearers were selected by the meeting:

 Dr Ma Christina Padolina
 Chancellor, UP Open University
 The Philippines
 Dr Uma Coomaraswamy
 Dean, Natural Sciences
 Sri Lanka Open University
 Sri Lanka
 Dr Chandra Bhadra
 Tribhuvan University

The number of participants was 22. A list of the participants is included as Annex 2. The countries represented were Bangladesh, China, the Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.

The following persons were invited as resource persons:
Prof Abdul Waheed Khan
Director, Development and Training
The Commonwealth of Learning
Dr Setijati D Sastrapradja
National Biotechnology Centre
Mr Loh Yeow Meng
Temasek Polytechnic

Three TCDC resource persons were invited respectively from China and from India.

Bangkok-based ESCAP, UNESCO and the Asian Institute of Technology represented UN and international organizations in the consultation.

FAO/Rome was represented by:
Scott McLean
Visiting Expert for SDRE/GILF
Agriculture Extension, Education and Communication for Development Service, FAO/Rome

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