“2021 International Tea Day: Tea and Ambassadors” was held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province on May 21, 2021. Vice Minister Ma Youxiang addressed the event.
The event is a component of International Tea Day celebration in China, and was joined in by Liu Xiaotao, Deputy Governor of Zhejiang Province, ambassadors and envoys of 11 countries, including Uganda, Iran, Burkina Faso, Ireland, Sri Lanka and Tanzania, and representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
Vice Minister Ma noted that as the first initiator for the designation of International Tea Day and the world’s largest tea producer and consumer, China attaches great importance to “International Tea Day” and the development of tea industry. During his inspection tour in Fujian Province, President Xi Jinping emphasized the significance of tea culture promotion, and tea industry development by the integration of new technology, lending new concepts to the celebration of International Tea Day. Following the guideline, the MARA will advance high-quality development of the tea industry and boost rural revitalization by leveraging International Tea Day celebration.
The ambassador of Uganda to China expressed in his speech that Uganda stands ready to work with China to enhance exchanges and cooperation in the tea industry, hoping to increase the added value of Uganda’s tea and enabling Uganda’s tea industry more professional and marketable with good brands. The event was well received by the envoys.
FAO Director-General, WFP Assistant Executive Director, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Deputy Foreign Minister of Italy, and ambassadors of relevant countries to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture participated in the event from Rome via video link, and had a dialogue on tea with offline participants in Hangzhou venue.
Prior to the event, Vice Minister Ma met with Ann Derwin, Ambassador of Ireland to China, Carlos Watson, FAO Representative to China, and Qu Sixi, WFP China Representative.