On November 26, Director Dr. Su-San Chang and Deputy Director Dr. Tomonari Watanabe paid a courtesy visit to the Australian Office Taipei (AOT) and met with Mr. Michael Googan, Deputy Representative and Ms. Laura Salt, Deputy Director, Economic and Policy Section.
FFTC will collaborate with the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) and co-organize a smart agriculture workshop in 2022. Australia has just become a full member of the GCTF so the main purposes of this courtesy visit are to introduce the Center and brief AOT on the smart agriculture workshop proposal. Director Dr. Chang and Deputy Representative Mr. Googan exchanged some ideas about the proposal, such as including the Pacific Island countries to participate in the proposed workshop. FFTC also plans to explore new partnership opportunities along this area.
GCTF, which consists of four full partner countries- Taiwan, the United States, Japan, and Australia, is a platform that addresses global issues of mutual concern, enhances multilateral cooperation throughout the Indo-Pacific region and builds up partnerships with regional countries. This is the first time for GCTF to address an agricultural related issue and it is a great honor for the Center to collaborate with the GCTF in 2022.