The African Development Bank (AfDB) will host the eighth joint AfDB-FAO annual thematic meeting from 22-23 September 2010 in Tunis.
The Director of the Bank’s Agriculture and Agro-industry Department, Aly Abou-Sabaa, and the Director of FAO’s Investment Centre, Charles Riemenschneider, will deliver opening remarks.
The meeting is the latest in a series of annual consultation meetings that takes place between the two institutions to facilitate collaboration in matters of common interest to them and to establish working arrangements necessary for the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two parties on 2 December 1991.
The meeting will consist of key presentations and moderated discussions around topics including post-harvest losses, management of water resources for agriculture and energy, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and agricultural biotechnology, social cash transfers and rural development, and support to the African Union’s Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP), that are extremely vital for fighting poverty, reducing hunger and promoting food security in Africa.
To be held at Golden Tulip Hotel in La Marsa, under the overall coordination of the Bank’s Agriculture and Agro-industry Department, the specific objectives of the meeting are to enable the Bank and FAO to review their current partnership arrangements, discuss how to enhance the quality of their cooperation, identify priority medium-term programming and financing activities for collaboration, follow up on the implementation of the agreements of the last partnership meeting held in Tunis in April 2009, and discuss key thematic topics.
About 30 Bank staff from various departments, as well as about 18 staff from the FAO Investment Centre and concerned FAO Technical Divisions are expected to attend.
The partnership between the Bank and FAO dates back to 1968 when the first Cooperation Agreement between both institutions came into force. In order to sharpen the scope and relevance of their partnership, the Bank and FAO have been holding regular annual meetings during the past ten years. These consultations have assisted both parties to gauge progress made in their cooperation, share experiences on topical thematic issues and better plan their future cooperation.