BANGKOK: APSA successfully organized its first-ever midterm meeting 24–25 April in the Thai capital.
Attended by a few dozen APSA member delegates and several international observers – representing China, India, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Pakistan, Australia, the Netherlands and France – the two-day meeting was held at the So Sofitel Hotel in downtown Bangkok.
Presided over by APSA President, Ms. Brenda Dossey, as well as several Past Presidents – Dr. Anthony Tse, Mr. Wang Zhiping, Mr. Manas Chiravaranond and Dr. Mary Ann Sayoc – the event brought together chairs and co-chairs of APSA’s Special Interest Group for Vegetables and Ornamentals as well as its Standing Committee on Intellectual Property Rights and Biodiversity.
The gathering was also used as a platform for the association’s recently-formed Working Group for Integrated Seed Companies (WIC) to meet in person for the first time following several weeks of online correspondence.
Key topics of discussion included an introduction to and update for the global initiative to promote awareness about Plant Breeding Innovation; trends and developments in variety registration and Plant Variety Protection (PVP); APSA’s position paper on Intellectual Property Rights for the seed industry; the APSA and ISF co-authored report, “Vegetable Seed Crop Production Best Practices Guidelines”; as well as planning for a number of upcoming APSA events: the inaugural Asia Cucurbits Round Table in July; the 4th Expert Consultation on Phytosanitary Measures in Asia and the Pacific in August; and the 25th Asian Seed Congress in Manila.
More details about the meeting will be published in an upcoming edition of Asian Seed Magazine, with action points to be posted in the members area of APSA’s website. Following is a photo gallery from the meeting.