Mr. Peng Youdong, Vice Minister of State Forestry Administration attended and addressed the meeting
From 16th to 17th Nov, China-ASEAN Forestry Cooperation Promotional Meeting, hosted by ASEAN Forestry Cooperation Research Center, and organized by Guangxi Forestry Research Institute and Experimental Center of Tropical Forestry, CAF, was held in Nanning, Guangxi. Mr. Peng Youdong, Vice Minister of State Forestry Administration attended and addressed the meeting.
Mr. Peng Youdong said that China-ASEAN cooperation is a strategic measure of the Belt and Road Initiative. As President Xi Jinping emphasized, ASEAN has always been an important region for China’s neighboring policy and the Belt and Road Initiative. The critical role of ASEAN countries in regional cooperation will promote in-depth connection between the Belt and Road Initiative and the ASEAN development strategy, build a stronger China-ASEAN strategic partnership, lead to a closer China-ASEAN community of common destiny, and inject new driving force for common development and prosperity for the Asia-Pacific region. He also emphasized that a) all related parties should carry out the ideas of the 19th CPC Committee, bear in mind the Belt and Road Initiative strategically and politically, recognize and actively be engaged in China-ASEAN forestry cooperation, b) ASEAN Forestry Cooperation Research Center should enhance capacity building, optimize talents structure, form an open cooperation mechanism, and elevate international cooperation capacity, c) ASEAN Forestry Cooperation Research Center should provide a platform for internal coordination mechanism, discuss regularly, mobilize activism, and advance forestry cooperation with ASEAN, d) focus on key areas, make implementing plans, strengthen top-level design, build on China’s advantageous areas and bilateral cooperation demands, identify prioritized cooperation areas, and carry forward decisions and plans, and e) identify cooperation starting points, launch short-term programs in an early convenience, and build up confidence for cooperation.
The Meeting was hosted by Mr. Wu Zhimin, Director General of Department of International Cooperation, State Forestry Administration. Mr. Wen Shifeng, Deputy Secretary General of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Government, and Mr. Huang Xianyang, Director General of Guangxi Forestry Department delivered addresses.
Representatives from 6 institutes, including Guangxi Forestry Research Institute and Experimental Center of Tropical Forestry, made keynote speeches on their research cooperation with ASEAN on forestry and progress. Participants discussed on China-ASEAN forestry cooperation ideas, “China-ASEAN forestry research cooperation action plan”, and “ASEAN forestry research cooperation key areas”, and visited China-ASEAN Expo Forest and Wood Products Exhibition.
More than 80 participants from Department of International Cooperation, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Rural Forestry Reform and Development, Department of Afforestation and Greening, Department of Development Planning and Assets Management, International Center for Bamboo and Rattan, and APFNet, State Forestry Administration, Research Institute of Tropical Forestry, Research Institute of Chemical Processing and Utilization of Forest Products, Experimental Center of Tropical Forestry, Experimental Center of Subtropical Forestry and China Eucalyptus Research and Development Center, CAF, forestry research institutes of Yunnan, Guangdong and Hunan, and forestry schools of Central South University of Forestry and Technology, and Guangxi University attended the Meeting. (Sun Dongjing, Experimental Center of Tropical Forestry)