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In March 2002, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO-RAP) and APAARI jointly organized an “Expert Consultation on the Status of Biotechnology in the Asia-Pacific Region”. The participants unanimously recommended for the establishment of an Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology involving the key stakeholders in the region to pool their synergies, harness comparative advantage and ensure judicious use of limited resources to promote application of biotechnology for the sustainable agricultural development in the region.

In December 2002, APAARI organized an “Expert Consultation on Strengthening of Research Partnerships through Networks and Consortia” simultaneously with its “Seventh General Assembly Meeting” in Panang, Malaysia. Both these meetings endorsed the need to establish an Asia-Pacific consortium to promote adoption of agricultural biotechnologies in the region.

As a follow-up of the recommendations of the above expert consultations and APAARI’s Seventh General Assembly meeting, FAO-RAP and APAARI organized a meeting on establishment of Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology (APCoAB) on April 4, 2003 at Bangkok. The meeting recommended, “APAARI should continue with the efforts to move forward in establishing APCoAB and take up the matter further with all concerned organizations”.

Established in 2003, APCoAB functions as a program under the umbrella of APAARI.

The Seventh General Assembly of APAARI and Expert Consultation on Strengthening of Research Partnerships through Networks and Consortia, 2-4 December 2002 – Proceedings.

Meeting on the establishment of Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology (APCoAB), 4 April 2003 – Proceedings