On November 23rd, Ali Mchumo, Director General and Lu Wenming, Deputy Director General of the International Bamboo and Rattan Organization (INBAR) visited the China National Bamboo Research Center (hereinafter referred to as “Center”). Hu Yuanhui, Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation of the NFGA and He Zhihua, Director of the Department of Science and Technology of Zhejiang Forestry Administration participated in the exchange. The Center organized a symposium that was presided over by Director Ding Xingcui of the Department of International Cooperation of the Center. Deputy Director Cui Guopeng (acting deputy director) and Standing Deputy Director Chen Yuhe from the Department of Achievement Transform of the Center attended the meeting.
Cui Guopeng welcomed the visit of the INBAR to the Center. At the same time, Cui stated that since the establishment of INBAR in 1997, the two parties have carried out extensive and good cooperation in international training and project cooperation; especially in December 2017 with the establishment of an International Bamboo and Rattan Training Center. Cui hoped to take this visit as an opportunity to enhance their cooperation under the frameworks of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the forestry development of "The Belt and Road Initiative" to expand cooperative areas, improve cooperation, work together to better serve the worldwide, regional and industrial developmental needs and promote sustainable development of the bamboo industry.
Ali Mchumo expressed his gratitude to the Center for their warm reception, and highly appreciated the Center’s contribution to promoting the sustainable development of the bamboo industry in developing countries, especially INBAR member countries, through international forestry training, knowledge sharing, and achievement transformation. Ali Mchumo pointed out that the COVID-19 endemic has brought great challenges to all countries in the world and it is necessary to focus on the economic and social development of the "post-epidemic era" and hope to work closely with the Center to promote the development of the global bamboo industry.
Hu Yuanhui praised the active role played by the Center in organizing foreign aid training to share China’s experience, serve the country’s diplomatic needs and promote China’s relationship with developing countries. Hu hoped that the Center will continue to utilize its strengths in international training, cooperation, and scientific research to benefit domestic and international forestry development.
Chen Yuhe provided information on the background of the Center, scientific research, international training programs and international projects, and stated that the Center would continue to support INBAR in the future. Both parties agreed that the next step will be to carry out practical cooperation in the areas of online and offline international training, capacity building, technology sharing, INBAR membership expansion, and South-South cooperation projects to jointly promote the sustainable development of the international bamboo industry.
Director General Ali Mchumo and those accompanying visited the exhibition hall of the Bamboo Home Engineering Technology Research Center of the NFGA and the Bamboo Research and Development Center Laboratories. INBAR Member and Host Country Affairs Director Hao Ying, INBAR Host Country Affairs Coordinator Li Ting, INBAR East Africa Regional Office Director Fu Jinhe, and relevant personnel from the Department of International Cooperation of the Center attended the meeting. (Zhao Siqi / China National Bamboo Research Center)