6. The Forum elected Mr Apichart Pongsrihadulchai, Secretary-General, Thai National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards, and Mr Pakdee Pothisiri, Secretary-General, Thai Food and Drug Administration, as co-Chairmen. The Forum further elected Mr Steve Hathaway of New Zealand and Mr Alex Seremula of the Republic of South Africa as co-Vice Chairpersons.
7. Mr Pongsrihadulchai formally opened the Forum and the participants adopted the Provisional Agenda of the Forum (Appendix VI). He drew the participants' attention to the Concept Paper, emphasizing that the Global Forum was not intended to lead to recommendations, but rather to a clarification of issues and that the Forum Proceedings would summarize the main issues discussed.