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Aboitiz is PH rep at APEC food meet­ing

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Tris­tan R. Aboitiz, Pres­i­dent of Aboitiz food busi­ness unit Pilmico Foods Cor­po­ra­tion, was one of three Philip­pine rep­re­sen­ta­tives tasked to rep­re­sent the coun­try’s in­ter­ests and con­cerns at the re­cent 16th Asia Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Pol­icy Part­ner­ship on Food Se­cu­rity (APEC PPFS) Meet­ing.

Aboitiz joined 19 other PPFS rep­re­sen­ta­tives last Oc­to­ber 15, 2020 in the vir­tual meet­ing, which car­ried the theme “Op­ti­mis­ing Hu­man Po­ten­tial To­ward A Re­silient Fu­ture Of Shared Pros­per­ity.”

“Food se­cu­rity re­mains to be an ur­gent pri­or­ity of the re­gion’s economies, es­pe­cially dur­ing the cur­rent COVID-19 (coron­avirus dis­ease 2019) pan­demic. Pilmico is a ma­jor part of the Philip­pine and re­gional food in­dus­try, be­ing at the be­gin­ning of the food value chain, and we are hon­ored to join this meet­ing to sig­nify the Aboitiz Group’s con­tri­bu­tion to help­ing en­sure food se­cu­rity, not just in the Philip­pines, but in the re­gion as a whole,” Aboitiz said.

Pilmico, pre­vi­ously solely a na­tional player, com­pleted its en­try into the re­gional food and agribusi­ness sec­tor with Pilmico In­ter­na­tional’s ac­qui­si­tion of a 100% stake in food firm Gold Coin in May 2019.

The APEC PPFS meet­ing’s agenda in­cluded COVID-19 and Food Se­cu­rity Pol­icy in the Asia-Pa­cific, Re­view of the Food Se­cu­rity Roadmap and Min­is­te­rial State­ment on Food Se­cu­rity, and Re­ports by Food Se­cu­rity-Re­lated Work­ing Groups and Fora.

The APEC PPFS was es­tab­lished in 2011 to strengthen pub­lic-pri­vate co­op­er­a­tion to ad­dress food se­cu­rity is­sues in the re­gion.

The min­is­ters of APEC economies re­spon­si­ble for agri­cul­ture and food met for the first time in Ni­igata, Ja­pan, in 2010 and is­sued the Ni­igata Dec­la­ra­tion on APEC Food Se­cu­rity – the first com­pre­hen­sive APEC plan for pro­mot­ing re­gional food se­cu­rity.

Sub­se­quent APEC min­is­te­rial meet­ings on food se­cu­rity were held bi­en­ni­ally in Kazan, Rus­sia (2012), Bei­jing, China (2014), and Piura, Peru (2016), which led to the Kazan Dec­la­ra­tion, the Bei­jing Dec­la­ra­tion, and the Piura Dec­la­ra­tion which out­line APEC’s new plans for tack­ling food se­cu­rity.

PPFS mem­bers are ex­pected to con­trib­ute in­put to poli­cies on en­sur­ing food se­cu­rity for APEC economies, as well as on any press­ing prob­lems within coun­tries or re­gions that would re­quire col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween or­ga­ni­za­tions.

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