Niu Dun, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of China to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture, held a video meeting with Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Jan. 25. Ambassador Niu shared his recent work developments with President Houngbo and introduced Counselor Mei Hongyong, China’s new Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture.
During the meeting, Ambassador Niu emphasized China’s position on issues including contributions to IFAD12, South–South and tripartite cooperation, and human resources cooperation, and briefed IFAD on key points of China’s 14th Five-Year Plan and the updates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. He expressed his hope that Counselor Mei would play an important role in further promoting cooperation between IFAD and China.
Counselor Mei conveyed the best wishes of the leadership of the Ministry of Finance of China to President Houngbo and IFAD management, saying that China will continue to support IFAD12’s capital increase and its borrowing from the market. He expressed his hope that IFAD would to be more open minded to China’s views on issues of its core concerns.
President Houngbo expressed his respect for Ambassador Niu, thanked him for his contribution to cooperation between IFAD and China, and spoke highly of his irreplaceable role. President Houngbo also stressed China’s vital importance to IFAD and expressed his confidence that Counselor Mei would further strengthen cooperation between IFAD and China.
Also participating in the meeting were Counselor Ni Hongxing, China’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture, Wu Guoqi, Associate Vice-President of IFAD, and Ronald Hartman, Director of Global Engagement, Partnerships & Resource Mobilisation for IFAD.