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28/08/2009: Philippines Hosts Third Asean Agriculture Attache’s Meeting

Philippines Hosts Third Asean Agriculture Attacheâs Meeting

28 AUGUST 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Philippines hosted the third ASEAN Agriculture Attaché’s Meeting at the Carlos P. Romulo Hall of the Embassy of the Philippines.  Seen in the picture above is H.E. Ambassador Willy C. Gaa as he delivers his welcome remarks.

“The agriculture sector continues to play a central and vital role in our respective economies,” Ambassador Gaa said.  “…harnessing the opportunities to improve agricultural productivity through international cooperation can contribute to our common goals of food security and poverty alleviation.”

The Ambassador also took the occasion to thank Mr. Victoriano Leviste for his 26-years of service in the D.C. post and welcomed Dr. Josyline C. Javelosa as the new Agriculture Attaché.

The ASEAN agriculture group started meeting regularly this year to discuss topics of mutual interest concerning agricultural trade and cooperation with the United States. The first meeting was hosted by Thailand and the second meeting by Malaysia. END