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December 30,2015 | Vol. 4
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20th Anniversary: CAAS-CABI Partnership

The symposium of 20 Years of Strategic Collaboration between China and CABI was held in Beijing on 25th November 2015. The symposium was jointly sponsored by the International Cooperation Department of Chinese Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and CABI International (CABI), and organized by the Department of International Cooperation of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), MOA – CABI Joint Laboratory for Bio-safety and CABI East Asia Centre. Qu Dongyu, Vice Minister of MOA and Trevor Nicholls, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CABI, delivered opening speeches in the opening ceremony chaired by Wu Kongming, Vice President of CAAS.

Vice Minister Qu said that the Chinese government has always attached great importance in international cooperation and development, promoting agricultural modernization and actively improving the level of China’s agricultural science and technology development.

Vice Minister Qu emphasized that China and CABI had carried out fruitful cooperation in many fields of agriculture in the past 20 years. During the cooperation, both parties paid great attention to the innovation in cooperation mode and mechanism. For example, the MOA – CABI Joint Laboratory for Bio-safety (hereinafter referred to as the Joint Laboratory) which was established by both parties and located at the Institute of Plant Protection (IPP) of CAAS, has been recognized as a successful paradigm of China in collaboration with international organizations and has become an international platform for technology transformation. The Joint Laboratory has successfully participated and implemented more than 10 international collaborative projects of IPM research and technology transfer with a focus on biological control. The Joint Laboratory has also played a special role in facilitating Chinese agricultural technology ‘going out’ and the development of South-South cooperation.

Vice Minister Qu suggested that China and CABI should continuously improve management mechanism through the Joint Laboratory. Both parties should maximize collaborative benefits, expand collaboration fields and impacts based on the existing collaboration to reach a win-win development situation. China would like to work closely with CABI to solve problems in agricultural science and technology development, not only in China but also in the world. In particular, China would like to cooperate further with CABI to make contributions to the Post-2015 Development Agenda for the world agricultural development.

CABI CEO Trevor Nicholls appreciated the great efforts and contributions of MOA and CAAS made to the cooperation with CABI in the field of agriculture during the past 20 years. As he mentioned, China is one of the most important member countries of CABI and plays a crucial role in CABI’s development policy. CABI would like to further strengthen the collaboration in agricultural science and technology with China, continuously contributing to the world food security and poverty alleviation.

The symposium was well timed to celebrate 20 years of China’s membership of CABI. Both parties have reviewed the major achievements in agricultural cooperation for 20 years, have shared the successful collaborative mode and experience and have deliberated the future cooperation prospects and action plans. During the symposium, agricultural experts from both parties made spotlight presentations on the progress of plant protection, agricultural information management, agricultural pest control, microorganism utilization etc. In addition, the collaborative mode for future cooperation between China and CABI had been largely discussed .

More than 100 delegates from over 30 organizations, agencies and institutions attended the symposium, including MOA, National Natural Science Foundation of China, CAAS, CABI, the British Embassy in Beijing, Delegation of the European Union to China and Mongolia, German-Chinese Agricultural Center, Asia Pacific Center of International Potato Center, and East Asia Office of Bioversity, etc.

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