China and Mongolia are moving forward to implement activities following an agreement reached last month on South-South cooperation, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization announced.
The two countries and the FAO signed the Memorandum of Understanding in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on March 14. The South-South Cooperation (SSC) Tripartite Agreement between Mongolia, the People's Republic of China and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) was signed during the 32nd Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific, held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
The aim of this Agreement is to select and field Chinese experts and technicians who will make up the SSC team and assist with the implementation of the SSC program in Mongolia. During the course of two years, the Government of the People's Republic of China will closely collaborate with the Government of Mongolia, the host government, in identifying, designing and implementing an SSC program in support of food security through the implementation of the National Program for Food Security and the National Livestock Program. Technical assistance will be provided by Chinese experts and technicians in areas identified by the host government (e.g. animal feed production, horticulture, poultry production, livestock and animal husbandry, bee farming and aquaculture, etc.). Agricultural inputs and equipment will also be provided as appropriate for demonstration purposes, with the implementation of capacity development activities including technical training and exchanges.
During the second phase, and on the basis of the expressed needs and objectives discussed with China, Mongolia will receive technical assistance from 12 experts and five technicians and Mongolia will provide the facilities and logistics support to host them. The program is funded through the Chinese Trust Fund with a total budget of nearly $1 million.
Friday May 9, 2014/ MOA/ China.