On 17 January 2017, Mr.Chanpithya Shimphalee, the General Manager (GM) of the APTERR Secretariat, welcomed Mr. Akira Karasawa, the Director-General for Crop Production Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan and the APTERR Council member, together with his team; Mr. Yasushi Uchikawa, the Managing-Director, Grain Trade and Operation Division, Ms. Nozomi Sugitani, an officer of Grain Trade and Operation Division, and Mr. Takashi Inoue, the first secretary at the Embassy of Japan in Bangkok, to the office of the APTERR Secretariat.

During the visit, Mr.Karasawa and his team had a fruitful discussion and exchanged views with the APTERR Secretariat led by Mr.Chanpithya in various APTERR-related issues. This discussion would build a mutual understanding between Japan and the APTERR Secretariat about the future prospects of the APTERR activities as well as strengthened the cooperation between the MAFF Japan and the APTERR.   

Also, Mr.Karasawa took this opportunity to pay a courtesy call to Ms. Jariya Sutthichaiya, the Secretary-General of the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the APTERR Council member, for strengthening the bilateral relations among those organisations.

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