Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.20
By Emin Aliyev - Trend:
The Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) are to work together, BSEC Secretary General Victor Tvirkun told journalists on Feb.20 prior to the international forum 'Private sector involvement in the development of the agro-food chain' in Baku.
"This forum provides a unique opportunity to discuss topical issues relating not only to states, but also each individual. It is about food security, ensuring production and supply of food products," Tvirkun said.
One of the tasks of the forum is to coordinate the activities of various structures both at a regional and global scale, according to the secretary general.
"Speaking about the synchronisation, I mean cooperation between the BSEC and the FAO. Moreover, I hope that in the near future we will be able to sign a memorandum of understanding between our organisations. This document will create an opportunity for the formation of a joint action plan for both organisations," Tvirkun said.
The Black Sea Economic Cooperation organisation is intergovernmental consisting of 12 Black Sea countries and southern Balkans. BSEC was founded in May 1999 on the basis of the Treaty on the Black Sea Economic Cooperation of June 25, 1992. The headquarters is located in Istanbul.
BSEC member states include Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.
FAO helps developing countries and those with a transitional economy to modernise and improve methods of maintaining agriculture, forestry and fisheries. Since its establishment in 1945, FAO pays special attention to the development of rural areas where 70 percent of the world's poor and hungry people live.
FAO consists of 191 member states, two associate members and one organisation - the European Union.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by S.M.