Environment challenges, food security up in 13th Asia-EU Biz Forum agenda

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VIENTIANE, Laos/03 November 2012 by Frnecie Carreon—Environment challenges, food security, energy and sustainable management of natural resources are among the lead agenda in the 13th Asia-Europe Business Forum, this year hosted by the Government of Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

About 250 prominent heads of business organizations, trade commissioners and heads of business chambers and commerce across Asia and Europe are set to attend the conference today at the Lao Plaza Hotel here.  This year’s theme is ‘Caring for the Earth—for sustainable economic and business in Asia and Europe.’

Today’s business forum opens with an address by Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, following an introductory remark by Lao PDR’s Minister of Industry and Commerce Dr. Nam Viyaketh.

Leading the discussion on environmental challenges and food security is Dr. Nerlita Manalili, managing director of Nexus Agribusiness Solutions (Philippines), as moderator. She is joined in the panel by Center for Policy Research’s Prof. Brahma Cellany from New Delhi, India, CP Group Director and concurrent Thai chamber of Commerce vice-chairman Phornsil Patchintranakul, and FAO Country Representative to Lao PDR Puroshottam Mudbhary.

Local organizers said the AEBF serves as “venue for leaders of businesses to promote partnership in the public and private sectors across Europe and Asia.”  The focus on sustainability issues on environment challenges, energy strategies, and food security are among the lead common interests between Asia and Europe.

The AEBF plenary sessions include current and future trends in Asian-European economic and business relations, and at the end of the forum, the AEBF Chairman is set to present the results and findings from the plenary and breakout sessions to heads of states and governments on Monday morning.

The Forum is organized by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI), in cooperation with the European Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lao PDR (ECCIL) under the guidance of the Lao Government as represented by the 9th ASEM National Committee that is headed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Frencie Carreon, The PhilSouth Angle)

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