This week culminated in a series of UN-led events in Wuhan, China to promote sustainable development of agricultural machinery industry and enhance regional trade and investment of agricultural machinery in the Asia-Pacific region.
A high-level policy dialogue, training seminar, and a study tour were among the key events organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) during the China International Agricultural Machinery Exhibition (CIAME) from 25 to 27 October.
CSAM also facilitated the participation of two university teams from Nepal and Sri Lanka to join the China Agricultural Robot Competition, and held a machinery donation ceremony for beneficiaries in China’s poverty-affected Chenbu County.
Around 150 participants from 18 countries attended the CSAM events in Wuhan, including senior officials from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.
Ms. Li Yutong head of CSAM emphasized that joint efforts are key to promoting sustainable development of the agricultural machinery industry. “Empowering the private sector as well as enabling more integrated trade and investment are crucial for promoting sustainable agricultural mechanization in the Asia-Pacific,” she said.
“Through its demand-driven programmes, CSAM is addressing some of the key constraints in these two areas in order to accelerate progress towards sustainable agricultural and rural development and achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” she added.
This series of events will assist participating countries in developing their agricultural machinery sector sustainably and accelerating the advancement and sustainability of agricultural development towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1 (No Poverty), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), and other interlinked SDGs.
CSAM partners included China Agricultural Machinery Distribution Association, China Agricultural Mechanization Association and China Association of Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers, Centre of International Cooperation Service of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China, China Agricultural Machinery Testing Centre (CAMTC) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China, and China Agricultural University. Representatives of World Food Programme (WFP) China Office, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), ASEAN-China Center Secretariat and German Agricultural Society (DLG) also attended the CSAM events.
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