CIP Signs Historic Agreement with China

Signing Ceremony of the Supplementary Agreement between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the International Potato Center (CIP) regarding the Administrative, Financial, and Other Relevant Arrangements of CIP-China Center for Asia Pacific (CCCAP) held in Beijing

On Nov. 8, 2017, the signing ceremony of the Supplementary Agreement between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the International Potato Center (CIP) regarding the Administrative, Financial, and Other Relevant Arrangements of CIP-China Center for Asia Pacific (CCCAP) was held in Beijing. Witnessed by representatives from relevant ministries, Dr. Barbara Wells, Director General of CIP and Dr. Qu Dongyu, Chinese Vice Minister of Agriculture signed the agreement on behalf of CIP and the Chinese government.

Before the signing ceremony, Vice Minister Qu and Dr. Wells held a brief working meeting. Both of them looked back over the history of friendly cooperation between the two sides and the main achievements, and both believed that the establishment of the new CIP-China Center for Asia Pacific (CCCAP) will not only strengthen the exchanges and cooperation between China and CIP, but disseminate and apply the results of our cooperation to the entire Asia Pacific and even the world. This will enhance both China and CIP’s role and impact in regional and global sustainable agricultural development, and in efforts to enhance food security, address climate change, reduce poverty and improve nutrition.

Vice Minister Qu especially pointed out that the Chinese government and relevant ministries and departments will fully support CCCAP’s future operation and research activities in China, and expressed hopes that CIP further strengthen its communications and collaboration with Chinese competent authorities so as to work more efficiently. Dr. Wells thanked the Chinese government for its support and help to CIP and she believes that CCCAP can play a positive role in Chinese, regional and even global efforts to enhance food security, improve nutrition and reduce poverty, as well as in China’s “Belt & Road” Initiative currently under implementation.

The meeting and the signing ceremony was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce, General Administration of Customs, State Administration of Taxation, General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, State Intellectual Property Office, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing Municipal Government and Yanqing District.

                                Nov. 9, 2017

 

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