Mekong-U.S. Partnership Virtual Workshop 8 - 10 June 2021


This Activity is a component of the Seed Trade Capacity Building Project in the Lower Mekong Region funded under the Mekong-U.S. Partnership (MUSP), formerly known as Lower Mekong Initiative. Following the successful first Mekong Regional workshop on seeds on 25 – 29 November, 2018, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service is inviting Country Representative from the Seed Offices of Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia to attend the Lower Mekong Seed Regional Workshop. There will be no representation this year from Myanmar due to civil unrest following a military coup.

The representatives will participate in an educational virtual webinar in line with recommendations from all countries during the workshop in November, 2018. Key representatives from each participating country will be expected to share update on progress made in their countries and current top priorities for future intervention.

Activity:                                                                                     

1. Virtual Educational Webinar

The participants are able to invite more participants to learn on the topic set on each day. The presentation and the record of the webinar will be shared to all participants after the meeting.

2. Seed Trade Capacity Building in the Lower Mekong Project Workplan

During this time Seed Trade Capacity Building in the Lower Mekong Progress Report will be presented by Government official delegations’ representative on each topic (Plant variety protection, seed lab accreditation, seed certification and phytosanitary regulation).  Discussion groups will be organized to review on the priority and the type of capacity building training is needed in the region and in its respective country.

Objectives to be Accomplished:

  • Strengthen and bring awareness to seed sectors, on seed trade capacities, and rules-and science-based policy environments
  • Foster cooperation and the harmonization of seed policies among Lowe Mekong Countries (LMCs), consistent with practices and approaches in the United States and with relevant international guidelines
  • Promote public-private partnerships related to enabling environments for seed use and trade in LMCs
  • Developed an action plan for capacity building activities

Desired Results:

  • Increase regional harmonization in seed policy, use, and trade through expert dialogue resulting in more food secure Mekong Region.  
  • Annual review platform for the Seed Trade Capacity Building in the Lower Mekong Assessment Report Action Plan
  • Increased Engagement and Support of Government and Private Sector Partners amongst each other
  • Increase the knowledge and awareness of the country representatives of the Seed Sector

Agenda

TIME (GMT+7) AGENDA
Tuesday the 8th of June 2021 - Moderated by Khalil Hamid
8:30 - 9:00 System open and participants start to log-in
9:00 - 9:05 Welcome remark 
9:05 - 9:15 Overview of MUSP project by the State Department
9:15 - 9:25 Overview of the Asia and Pacific Seed Association
9:25 - 10:05 Roundtable introduction by  representative from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, respectively
10:05 - 10:35
Impact of PVP and UPOV membership to the Nation’s Private Sector by Mr. Nguyen Thanh Minh
10:35 - 11:05 Perspective on the resilience in agriculture and food security by Dr. Mary Ann Sayoc (East West Seed International)
11:05 - 11:25 Benefits of UPOV membership (coordinated by Mr. Manabu Suzuki)
11:25 - 11:50 Q&A Session
11:50 - 12:00 Wrap-U & Closing

 

TIME (GMT+7) AGENDA
Wednesday the 9th of June 2021 - Moderated by May Kanokwan Chodchoey
8:30 - 9:00 System open and participants start to log-in
9:00 - 9:05 Welcome remark 
9:05 - 9:45 Round table introduction by  representative from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, respectively
9:45 - 10:30 ISTA lab accreditation process overview by Dr. Florina Palada
10:30 - 11:00 OECD seed scheme overview and seed certification system by Mr. Csaba Gaspar
11:00 - 11:50 Q&A Session 
11:50 - 12:00 Wrap-Up and Closing 

 

TIME (GMT+7)   AGENDA
Thursday the 10th of June 2021 - Moderated by Abigail Struxness
8:30 - 9:00 System open and participants start to log-in
9:00 - 9:05 Welcome remark 
9:05 - 9:45 Round table introduction by  representative from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, respectively
9:45 - 10:15 STDF Project proposal grant and workplan for PPP collaboration on ISPM38 capacity building by Mr. Michael Leader (Chair of APSA International Trade & Quarantine Committee)
10:15 - 10:45 ISF regulated pests and pest risk analysis by Dr. Rose Souza Richards (ISF Seed health manager)
10:45 - 11:05 Q&A session
11:05 - 11:45 Country’s priority and regional priority summary
11:45 - 12:00 MUSP workplan summary and way