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Jul. 11, 2020

Courtesy Call to New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office (NZCIO)

FFTC management, including the Director Dr. Su-San Chang and the Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe, paid a courtesy visit to Director Ms. Moira Turley at New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office (NZCIO), Taipei on July 9, 2020. New Zealand is one of the nine FFTC founding member countries. The purpose of this visit is to strengthen the relationship between New Zealand and the Centre.

The FFTC Director Dr. Chang introduced the Centre and the Strategic Action Plan 2021-2024 and the 5 program themes the Centre currently drafting to Ms. Turley. After that, Dr. Chang briefed this year's FFTC activities, the Dragon Fruit Project and the FFTC Agricultural Policy Platform. The Centre really appreciates New Zealand Plant and Food Research and its two specialists Dr. Bob Fullerton and Mr. John Campbell support and contribute to the Dragon Fruit Project. For the upcoming FFTC-TLRI international symposium on the Practice and Benefits of Circular Agriculture in Waste Reducing and Recycling (November 5-6), the Centre will invite an agricultural greenhouse gas expert from New Zealand to be one of the keynote speakers and sharing New Zealand’s experience.

NZCIO Director Ms. Turley appreciates FFTC's endeavour to widen scope of new cooperation partnership in the region. She will pass our information to the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) for future cooperation.

The two leaders also discussed the impacts of COVID-19 on food security and agricultural trade.

Other people in the meeting include the NZCIO Economic Affairs Section Head Ms. Alexandra Reuhman and Policy Adviser Ms. Julia Chang.

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