The AFSIS Secretariat hosted the 12th Focal Point Meeting of AFSIS to discuss issues on the transformation of AFSIS into a permanent mechanism during 26-27 May 2014 at the Office of Agricultural Economic (OAE), Bangkok, Thailand.
The Meeting served as a forum to discuss and exchange ideas on the establishment of AFSIS as a self-sustained mechanism from the ASEAN Member Countries. The highlighted issues were for instance, legal binding effect, financial modality, host country and chairmanship.
The Meeting agreed in principal to establish AFSIS as a legal binding entity that could reflect strong commitment from the Member Countries for the interest of regional food security. The Meeting resolution will be put forward to the SOM-AMAF, and AMAF for endorsement later on this year.
In conjunction to which, the AFSIS Secretariat organized the 2nd AFSIS Forecasting Model Training Programme to improve capacity of Member Countries in the area of forecasting information, and to develop parameter of rice including agricultural policy, during 26-30 May 2014 at the Office of Agricultural Economic (OAE), Bangkok, Thailand.
The Training was attended by participants from ASEAN Member States, with focus on two main activities namely the development of Forecasting model and Implementation Plan. The Training was expected to contribute to the successful establishment of AFSIS as a permanent mechanism as the training represents rationale of the crucial need of ASEAN Member States for the presence of AFSIS. In extension, the trainees are anticipated to be equipped with sets of knowledge to contribute to an effective food security related policy of their own countries.