The Special Senior Officials Meeting of the 43rd Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (SSOM-43rd AMAF) and the Special Senior Officials Meeting of the 21st Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry Plus Three (SSOM-21st AMAF+3) were held during 23-24 August 2022, hosted by the Republic of Indonesia as the virtual meeting.
For the SSOM-43rd AMAF on 23 August 2022, the attendants were SOM AMAF Leaders, ASEAN secretariat and AFSIS Secretariat on agenda 5.1 regarding the ASEAN Plus Three agenda.
The representatives of AFSIS Secretariat were Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, Dr. Sumanya Ngandee, Deputy AFSIS Manager, Mr. NIIMI Tomohiro, Japanese Expert, Mr. Tanabodee Kheosipalard, Statistician, and Ms. Prodpran Lomthong, Project Coordinator.
While the SSOM-21st AMAF+3 on 24 August 2022, the attendants were SOM AMAF Leaders, SOM Leaders Plus Three Countries, ASEAN Secretariat, APTERR Secretariat, and AFSIS Secretariat representatives which were Dr. Waraporn Saelee, Mr. NIIMI Tomohiro, Mr. Tanabodee Kheosipalard, and Ms. Prodpran Lomthong.
In this regard, Dr. Waraporn reported the meeting of the outcomes, and achievements of the AFSIS implementation in the 2021-2022: Q2 and future Workplan. Furthermore, the summary result of the discussion on the future of AFSIS from the 20th AFSIS Focal Point Meeting and the proposal on the future of AFSIS were presented in the aforesaid meetings.
After the presentation, the Meeting acknowledged the sincere gratitude from Lao PDR toward the progress of AFSIS’ activities in human resource development and food security information development that assist the improvement of agriculture in ASEAN Member States (AMS).
The Meeting also noted the comments from Thailand and Japan in accordance with proposed options for the future of AFSIS to support the option for setting up AFSIS to be the Intergovernmental Organization and to seek support and consultation from ASEAN Secretariat for further actions with respect to the current laws and regulations of member countries.
Regarding the situation report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), from 22-26 September 2022, Tropical Strom NORU (local name: Karding) formed over the western Philippines Sea and intensified into a Super Typhoon (STY) Category after a period of explosive intensification moving westward. The center of the eye of STY NORU was estimated at 230 km East of Infanta, Quezon with maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 230 km/h, and a central pressure of 925 Hecto Pascal (hPa).
On 21 September 2022, Mr. Kimura Keitaro, Director, and Mr. Hosaka Masahiro, Deputy Director of Statistics Planning Division, Statistics Department from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan visited AFSIS Secretariat office.
On 19-20 September 2022, AFSIS Secretariat with support from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan held the Regional Workshop on the Project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN Region (SAS-PSA) at Grande Centre Point Hotel Ratchadamri, Bangkok, Thailand.
On 13 September 2022, Ms. Chenyang Zhang, a representative of the Odyssey Technical Company Limited from Hong Kong visited the AFSIS Secretariat office.