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News 2: International Workshop on Coconut Development

The Director of NAM CSSTC Delivered an Opening Statement at Coconut Workshop

A room full of representatives of developing countries listened to the Director of NAM CSSTC, H.E. Prianti Gagarin Djatmiko Singgih during opening ceremony of international workshop at the Swissbell Hotel in Manado.

H.E. Prianti delivered opening statement on Tuesday night as part of the International Workshop on Coconut Development agenda. She told the crowd about the mandate of NAM CSSTC.

“Today’s International Workshop theme augurs well with the mandate of NAM Center to promote capacity building for developing countries, members of NAM,” she told the crowd.

The international workshop is part of NAM CSSTC recurrent themes that consist a variety of sustainable development goals issues. The workshop is the second continuation program in the series of on the Coconut Development Program. It addressed challenges faced by Indonesia, range from low productivity, less product diversification, limited knowledge on cultivation and marketing coconut products, lack of financing and training resources to rigid supply chain and unsustainable agricultural practices.

H.E. Prianti, who is also the Expert Staff for Political, Legal and Security Affairs to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, elaborated capacity building and technical assistance aspects in the workshop. The workshop would discuss specifically on training to improve coconut farming techniques, research for the development of new commodities and a mentoring program for developing new business models in the coconut sector.

Kiribati, one of member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement sent its delegation, Benjamin Tekanene, 39, to the international workshop.

Benjamin, who wore a dark-blue lavalava, a traditional clothing worn as a skirt, was representing the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Cooperatives of the Republic of Kiribati.

“I hope to get a lot of benefits from this meeting,” he said. Benjamin hoped there would be innovations of coconut products that would be developed in his country.

 

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