Chinese agricultural link promoted by U.N. official

A U.N. development official sees real possibilities for the agricultural sector in trade with China.

He is Antonio Prado, and he just returned from a Chinese visit. He is deputy executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

“In the agricultural sector, there are real complementarities between China and Latin America and the Caribbean that can be used to build a strategic trade, technology and cultural relationship with mutual benefits, ” he said. He was speaking at the first China-Latin American and the Caribbean Forum of ministers of agriculture.

In his address to officials attending the Forum, Prado underlined the need to achieve more balanced trade relations between China and the region and to base trade on agricultural innovation, while respecting the environment and social inclusion.

The newly launched Forum of Ministers of Agriculture is a highly relevant mechanism to promote constructive dialogue concerning agricultural trade and economy and agricultural innovation, science and technology, he said.

The creation of the forum was proposed by former Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, in his message to the region during a visit Jun 26, 2012.

Prado was particularly appreciative of the intention to create a food reserve mechanism to tackle emergencies and protect food security, proposals to strengthen research capacity, joint activities in trade promotion and facilitation, as well as the discussion of policies relevant to agriculture, the strengthening of human resources and the exchange of experts.

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