May 31, 2018 DCZ Phase 2 Launch Event held at German Embassy
by Nazim Kocas
Around 90 participants joined us for the Launch Event of the 2nd Phase of the DCZ. The partners and experts from various agencies, research institutes and companies were addressed by Mr. Friedrich Wacker, Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation & Global Food Policy in the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), and Mr. Tang Shengyao, Deputy Director-General of the Department of International Cooperation in the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA). Both acknowledged the achievements made in phase 1 and expressed their expectations and wishes for an even more vibrant and successful phase 2 of this unique cooperation platform that has been established by the two ministries in 2015.
Mr. Yang Yi of the Foreign Economic Cooperation Center (affiliated to MARA) and political director of the DCZ on Chinese side further elaborated on the previous cooperation before the two DCZ Managing Directors, Mr. Tang Zhishao of FECC and Dr. Juergen Ritter, introduced the DCZ and the planned activities.
One more highlight of the event was the signing of an Implementation Agreement on the Science & Technology Dialogue within the DCZ between the China Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and IAK Agrar Consulting, the implementing partner on German side. Professor Gong Xifeng and Ms. Marie Künstling did the honors and signed the agreement for both sides.