The 11th Meeting of ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) Council was conducted physically on 25-26 April 2023 at the Plaza Hotel in Seoul, Republic of Korea, hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) of the Republic of Korea.
Participants were from the APTERR members and related organizations such as the ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) Secretariat, which was AFSIS Manager, Dr. Waraporn Saelee, and the ASEAN Food Security Reserve Board (AFSRB) Secretariat.
The objectives of the meeting are to report and discuss the outcomes of the work and budget for the fiscal year 2022, the terminal report of the second phase of financial contribution to the APTERR Fund, and to propose the work and annual operational budget proposal for the fiscal year 2023. Also, the Meeting was updated on the completed implementation from the recipient countries.
In addition, during the meeting this year, Dr. Waraporn had an opportunity to present the proposed option “To merge AFSIS to APTERR” for the future of AFSIS to discuss with the APTERR Council members. The result of the discussion, including recommendations and considerations from this meeting will be presented in the upcoming 21st AFSIS Focal Point Meeting on 17-18 May 2023 in Lao PDR and will be reported to the SSOM-AMAF+3 this year for further consideration and action in order to sustain the AFSIS in the future.
The next meeting, the 12th Meeting of APTERR Council, will be hosted by the People’s Republic of China and the date is still under consideration.
The 21st AFSIS Focal Point Meeting was held on 17-18 May 2023 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. It was organized by the AFSIS Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Lao PDR, the host country. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Thatsaka Saphangthong, Director General of the Department of Planning and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Lao PDR.
On 17 April 2023, Dr. Sumanya Ngandee, Deputy AFSIS Manager, attended the ASEAN Conference on Strengthening Food Security Integration in Jakarta, Indonesia.
During 14-17 February 2023, AFSIS Secretariat attended the meeting and site visit on the livestock and fishery production survey with the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE) Region 5 in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thailand.
On 13 February 2023, AFSIS Secretariat held a meeting with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) under the Space Applications for Environment (SAFE) community with support from JAXA and MAFF of Japan in meeting room 1, Innovation building, Office of Agricultural Economics, Bangkok.
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