Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will allocate 100,000 dollars to Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), of which Ukraine is a member, to develop and strengthen the agro-food trade. This was reported by the FAO press service.
The money FAO allocated will be used to organize regional seminar in spring 2018. There, the BSEC countries can discuss the problems and opportunities of agro-food export, to appraise significance of the state and private cooperation and together find ways to make the trade more open and effective.
Such agreement was signed in December 2017 by the BSEC Permanent International Secretariat’s General Secretary Michael Christides and FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia Vladimir Rakhmanin.
The agreement could help develop attractive for investment project aimed to promote export and trade in Black Sea region and outside of it.
The funds are also planned to be used to prepare a report analyzing the state of agro-food trade and recommendations for simplifying and expanding trade in the region.
FAO's work in this direction is a continuation of the 2016 agreement with the BSEC, which provides for assistance in the field of agricultural development in the region and supports the cooperation of BSEC member countries aimed at increasing agricultural production, reducing poverty and strengthening food security. These measures are also in line with the FAO Regional Initiative on Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
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