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Agricultural Trade and Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia

36th IPC Seminar
Hanoi, Vietnam
October 28-30, 2005
This seminar determined that ignoring agriculture has great costs in the long run. Improving agricultural output cannot be accomplished quickly, since there are many interrelationships such as infrastructure, economic development, and sustainability, which also need to be managed. Furthermore, the importance of human resources, such as labor productivity, education, technology, and research cannot be underestimated. It has been hard for many developing countries to balance the demands of economic growth and the environment, but clear examples exist of the long-term losses if they are not managed correctly.

Key Speakers

  • Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam
  • Luong Van Tu, Deputy Minister of Trade, Head of Governmental Delegation of Vietnam
  • Kim Son, Director General, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam
  • Bui Quang Toan, Director, Center for Agricultural Extension Volunteers, Vietnam
  • Chu Tien Quang, CIEM, Research Department on Rural Economic Development Policies, Vietnam
  • Eric Coull, Director, WWF, Indochina
  • Doan Trieu Nhan, Chairman, Vietnam Coffee and Cocoa Association (VICOFA)
  • Vuong Dinh Tuan, Forest Science Sub-Institute of South Vietnam (FSSIV)
  • László Rieger, Director, Agricultural and Regional Development Authority, Hungary
  • Ross Jaax, Head of ACDI/VOCA, Vietnam
  • Katalin Kelemen, Managing Director, Gabona Co Ltd, Hungary
  • Jerzy Plewa, former Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Poland
  • Tomas Doucha, Deputy Director, Czech Institute of Agricultural Economics, Czech Republic
  • Laszlo Vajda, Director, Ministry of Agriculture, Hungary
  • Marian Bozik, Research Institute of Agriculture and Food Economics, Slovak Republic

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