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Vice Minister Qu Dongyu meets heads of delegations to 1st China International Tea Expo

DATE:2017-05-23       SOURCE:MOA Information Office
 

Vice Minister Qu Dongyu met with heads of delegations of 10 countries at the First China International Tea Expo in Hangzhou on 18-19 May 2017, and exchanged views with them on strengthening bilateral agricultural cooperation.

 

The heads of delegations included: Russian Vice Minister of Agriculture Evgeny Nepoklonov, Cambodian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Amnot Mam, Minister of State for Public Administration Andrea Gulyás and Minister of State for Agricultural Economy György Czerván of the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture, Bolivian Vice Minister of Foreign Trade and Integration Walter Clarems Endara Vera, Brazilian Ambassador to China Marcos Caramuru de Paiva, Acting Permanent Secretary of the Zimbabwean Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Danisile Hikwa, Vice Secretary of the Philippine Department of Agriculture Bernadette Fatima Romulo Puyat, Sri Lankan Vice Minister of Plantation Industries Lakshman Wasantha Perera Vithana Arachchilage Don, Vietnamese Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam, and Chairman of the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture Mohammad Jalis Khan.

 

Vice Minister Qu emphasized that agriculture plays a fundamental role in economic development of countries along the Belt and Road route. MOA will push for pragmatic agricultural cooperation with above countries in the following areas:

 

1) Strengthening coordination with the Russian side in holding the 7th BRICS Ministers’ Meeting on Agriculture and Agrarian Development and the Agricultural Cooperation Forum of the China-Russia Expo;

 

2) Helping Cambodia to formulate its modern agriculture development plan;

 

3) Establishing the China-Hungary agricultural science and technology cooperation center and promoting agricultural cooperation under the 16+1 framework;

 

4) Leveraging the role of the China-Bolivia Joint Committee on Agriculture and fully implementing the Joint Action Plan on Strengthening Agricultural Cooperation between China and Bolivia;

 

5) Establishing China-Brazil joint agricultural laboratories and deepening agricultural trade cooperation between the two countries;

 

6) Encouraging exchanges and communication between research institutes of China and Zimbabwe and boosting tea industry cooperation;

 

7) Implementing the Joint Action Plan on Agriculture between China and the Philippines 2017-2019 and jointly building the modern fisheries park in Davao.

 

8) Encouraging Chinese enterprises to invest in Sri Lanka and facilitating the protection of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS);

 

9) Deepening China-Vietnam cooperation in agro-processing and TADs control and facilitating agricultural trade and investment between the two countries;

 

10) Encouraging cooperation between tea research institutes of China and India and upgrading tea industry development of both sides.

 

The heads of delegations highly appreciated Vice Minister Qu’s proposals and expressed their willingness to participate in the second Expo in 2018. They also hoped to work with China to promote tea and coffee industry development in the region. 

 

 

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