The 2nd meeting on an experimental Tier 1 implementation
The 2nd meeting on an experimental Tier 1 implementation between the Philippines and Japan was held on 5 July 2018 in Tokyo, Japan with the aims of paving the way for realising the Tier 1 implementation in the near future.
There were representatives from the National Food Authority (NFA) of the Philippines led by Deputy Administrator for Marketing Operations Atty. Judy Carol L. Dansal, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan led by Director of Grain Trade and Operation Division Mr. Tetsuo Ushikusa and the APTERR Secretariat led by General Manager Mr. Chanpithya Shimphalee attending this significant meeting.
Many critical issues, such as pricing, delivery as well as rice specification were brought to the meeting for discussion and consideration. Both sides mutually agreed in a general framework of this experimental Tier 1 programme although some issues were needed to continually consider in the next meeting.
Besides the meeting, the representatives from the NFA and the APTERR Secretariat had a chance to greet with Director-General of Crop Production Bureau and the APTERR Council from Japan Mr. Akira Karasawa and thanked him and his team for a warm hospitality and generosity. Furthermore, the MAFF arranged a field visit to Itami Sangyo Company Limited in Chiba prefecture for the representatives from the NFA and the APTERR Secretariat to experience an advanced safety and high quality of rice milling system.