Vice Minister Qu Dongyu met with Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary of UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) on January 15 in Beijing and the two sides exchanged views on strengthening bilateral cooperation.
Qu spoke highly of the significant contribution made by ESCAP to regional economic and social development. He pointed out that the two sides have witnessed frequent high-level exchanges and constantly deepened cooperation in recent years. UN Center for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM), a branch of ESCAP, has played an active role in promoting the development of regional agricultural machinery industry and smallholders.
Qu said that the “Belt and Road” Initiative and Rural Revitalization Strategy put forward by China are highly consistent with UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals(SDG). China is ready to share experience in informatization of agriculture and rural affairs and rural poverty elimination with Asia-Pacific countries through ESCAP in pursuit of jointly enhancing small farmers’ capacity, reducing postharvest loss and waste and improving regional agricultural productivity. At the same time, China will continue to support the development of CSAM.
Alisjahbana highly appreciated China’s achievements in advancing agriculture and rural areas. She stated that ESCAP has been attaching great importance to enhancing agricultural cooperation with China and expressed gratitude to MARA for its substantial support to CSAM. Meanwhile, ESCAP is willing to actively expand bilateral cooperation.