Manila Bulletin

Aboitiz is PH rep at APEC food meeting


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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