The regional consultation was organised through the collaboration of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, and the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute of the Ministry of
Agriculture and Forestry of the Government of Lao Peoples Democratic Republic.
The consultation met at Lane-Xang Hotel, Fa-Ngum Road, Vientiane, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic from
31 August to 3 September 2004.
The participants elected meeting officers. They were as follows:
Ms Monthathip Chanphengxay
National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Government of the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic
Ms Sheepa Hafiza
Programme Head, Human Rights and Gender
Human Rights and Advocacy Unit
Ms Lorenza A. Umali
National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW)
Panel sessions chair
Ms Leena Kirjavainen
Lao Peoples Democratic Republic
Small session group leaders
Ms Tahira Abdullah
Socio-Economic Development Practitioner
Womens Rights and Peace Activist
Ms Pawadee Tonguthai
Faculty of Economics
FAO prepared a press release and distributed to the press corps that attended the opening session. Local language newspapers covered the opening event. The national television also covered the opening session events.