Parliamentary Vice-Minister Motome Takisawa Meets with Mr. José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
April 12, 2017
On April 11, (same day at local time), Mr. Motome Takisawa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, during his visit to Rome, Italy, to attend the G7 Energy Ministers’ Meeting, had a meeting with Mr. José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of FAO. The summary of the meeting is as follows:
1. At the beginning, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takisawa expressed his expectation that FAO, as the leading UN specialized agency in the field of food and agriculture, would greatly contribute to global food security towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the leadership of Director-General Graziano da Silva. Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takisawa also welcomed the visit of Director-General Graziano da Silva, which is planned in May for the first time in four years, and hoped that Director-General Graziano da Silva would widely communicate the importance of FAO and its cooperation with Japan to the Japanese public.
In response, Director-General Graziano da Silva stated that Japan is an important country for FAO and he would like to exchange views with Japanese stakeholders during his visit to Japan and further deepen Japan-FAO cooperation.
2. Regarding the enhancement of human resources from Japan at FAO, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takisawa welcomed FAO’s decision to appoint Mr. Hiroto Mitsugi, Director-General of the Rural Development Department of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to the post of the Assistant Director-General of the Forestry Department of FAO.
In response, Director-General Graziano da Silva wished for Mr. Mitsugi’s success and expressed his willingness to continue to recruit competent Japanese staff.
3. In light of the increasing momentum between Japan and FAO to deepen their cooperation, which has manifested in the first holding of the Japan-FAO Annual Strategic Consultation in January, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takisawa and Director-General Graziano da Silva reaffirmed the two parties’ continued cooperation towards further strengthening Japan-FAO partnership.