Viorel Gutu today presented his credentials letter from FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva to the Government of Tajikistan, marking the start of his appointment as FAO’s Representative in Tajikistan.
A national of the Republic of Moldova, most recently Gutu served his country as Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry. In this position he was responsible for the coordination, monitoring and evaluation of strategic policy implementation in agriculture and rural development, and initiated a wide range of reforms for improving the effectiveness of the Ministry and its departments. He also led negotiations with the EU and other donors with the aim of improving agriculture in Moldova.
Gutu also brings broad experience in the multilateral arena to his new role, having served as economic affairs officer in the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor, where he deal with peacekeeping operations, poverty alleviation and prevention of the emergency situations. For 10 years he managed international projects of the European Union, FAO, USAID, JICA and IFAD, and later coordinated donor support to agriculture in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry of Moldova. He holds a Ph.D in economics.
Currently FAO’s activities in Tajikistan are concerned with prevention of migratory locust, strengthening national capacities for phytosanitary control, improving aquaculture, seed sector development, cattle production, improvement of food security information systems, and other support to this country where agriculture is a key sector of the economy.
12 June 2014, Dushanbe, Tajikistan