For a couple of months now, CIMT had been working closely with IMT-GT National Secretariat – Malaysia in preparing the High-Value Agriculture Business Conference and Expo to be held on 1 to 4 December 2011 in Melaka. This initiative, being a directive of 5th IMT-GT Leaders’ Summit in October 2011, and the 6th BIMP-EAGA Leaders’ Summit in May 2011, shall be jointly organized between IMT-GT and BIMP-EAGA. After 17 years of operations of both IMT-GT and BIMP-EAGA, this marks the first joint programme between the two ASEAN subregional frameworks, and something to look forward to.
The main objective of the conference and expo is to share experiences and expertise on innovations and good practices of multi-pronged approaches to achieving adequate supply and sustainability. The event will also encourage greater collaboration and partnership in investments in High-Value Agriculture practices among governments, the private sector, international development agencies, civil society organizations and research institutions.
High-Value Agriculture will become a flagship programme of IMT-GT, with the Conference and Expo in December 2011 marking the launch of the new programme in its Implementation Blueprint 2012-2016. Agriculture is an economic backbone for the IMT-GT member countries, and successful implementation of High-Value Agriculture will reposition and restrengthen IMT-GT member economies’ agricultural and agro-based industry in tandem with the other major income-generating sectors.
Dr. Ir. Hassan Ibrahim
Centre for IMT-GT Subregion Cooperation (CIMT)
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