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The 6th ASEAN Ministers’ Meeting on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (AMRDPE) and the Senior Officials Meeting of ASEAN Members and the partners of China, Japan and South Korea (SOMRDPE+3)

   7/3/2009

(ICD) On 27th May in Hanoi, H.E. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat chaired the 6th ASEAN Ministers’ Meeting on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication with the theme “A Unified ASEAN for Anti-poverty in the Context of the Economic Crisis”. This was the first time Vietnam organized an AMRDPE as the Chair of AMRDPE. Present in the Meeting were around 200 participants from 14 high-ranking official delegations, with 10 Ministers responsible for agriculture and/or rural development and the ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General; 14 SOM Leaders; and the three partner countries: China, Japan and South Korea also participated in this Meeting. The participants in the Meeting discussed an appropriate cooperative model and were committed to strengthen cooperation for the rural inhabitants’ benefit, especially the farmers; continue to improve the on-going programs and find out a new approach matching the new challenges; strengthen investment cooperation to narrow the gaps between the regional countries and between the ASEAN+3 countries; promote cooperation in human resource development, capacity building and experience exchange in the new rural development models. As the Chairman of the Meeting, Minister Cao Duc Phat expressed high appreciation toward the cooperative mechanism of ASEAN+3 in the areas of agriculture, rural development and poverty eradication. He also believed that the Meeting is a good forum for all the member countries to discuss and find out appropriate cooperative mechanisms to jointly develop the ASEAN+3 community. In order to address the challenges, it is necessary to boost the cooperation and focus on the new initiatives in the region for rural development and poverty eradication. The participants had a field trip to see a poverty eradication model through household economy in Yen The district (Bac Giang province) on 28th May. The participants noted that the garden-forest-livestock model is an effective one and should be shared with other countries. Right before the Meeting, MARD also organized the 2nd Senior Officials Meeting on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication Plus Three (SOMRDPE+3).

Nguyen Thuy Linh
7/3/2009

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