One Country One Priority Product (OCOP)

Launch Event of the Global Project Supporting the Implementation of FAO One Country One Priority Product Initiative under the Framework of FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme

12.30-13.30 (CET) | Sheikh Zayed Centre

Hybrid Event, 06/12/2023

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is organizing a launch event to mark the initiation of the global project supporting the implementation of the One Country One Priority Product (OCOP) initiative under the framework of FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme. Join us on 6 December from 12.30 to 14.00 hours (CET) for this high-level hybrid virtual/physical meeting at FAO headquarters in Rome, held as a side event of the 174th Session of the FAO Council.

This event will serve as a forum to announce the global project supporting the implementation of the OCOP initiative under the framework of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme, including the countries and the special agricultural products to be promoted. Updates on the global progress on the implementation of the OCOP initiative and the way forward will also be shared.

It is expected that the launch event will enhance a better understanding and a broader recognition of the South-South Cooperation Programme and the OCOP initiative worldwide. This, in turn, will contribute to the effective implementation of the FAO Strategic Framework 2022-31 and the achievement of SDG targets, aligning with national priorities.

The event will provide a platform for FAO members, OCOP focal points from 83 countries, government officials, farmers, opinion leaders, policymakers, scientists, and representatives from academia, civil society, NGOs, and the private sector to prioritize actions and strengthen collaboration for the implementation of the OCOP initiative.

We invite FAO Members and all agrifood system stakeholders to participate in the event. The webcast will be available HERE.

Time Agenda items and speakers
12.30 – 12.40

Opening Remarks by Mr QU Dongyu, FAO Director- General

12.40 – 12.42

Short Video on the OCOP

12.42 – 12.50

Announcement of the OCOP Country Projects under the framework of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme by HE Mr GUANG Defu, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to FAO

12.50 – 13.15 Experiences on the implementation of the OCOP initiative from the five selected Demonstration Countries
  • Africa: Malawi (Banana) by  Honorable Sam Kawale Minister for Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture of Malawi
  • Asia and the Pacific: Bangladesh (Jackfruit) by HE Ms Wahida Akter, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of the Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh

  • Europe and Central Asia: Uzbekistan (Sweet Cherry) by HE Mr Nuriddin Kushnazarov, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Uzbekistan to FAO

  • Latin America & the CaribbeanTrinidad and Tobago (Cocoa) by Senator the Honourable Avinash Singh, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Government of Trinidad & Tobago

    • Near East and North Africa: Egypt (Date Palm) by HE Mr Bassam Essam Rady Abdelhamid Rady, Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to FAO
    13.15 – 13.25

    Global implementation progress and the next steps by Mr Hafiz Muminjanov, Global Coordinator, OCOP Secretariat, FAO

    13.25 – 13.30 Concluding Remarks by Ms Beth Bechdol, FAO Deputy Director-General



    *Light lunch will be provided in front of the Sheikh Zayed Centre from 12.00-12.30.

    **Simultaneous interpretation will be available in the six official languages of FAO.



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