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FFTC management strengthens linkages with Indonesia
FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin and Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe pay a courtesy call to Kantor Dagang dan Ekonomi Indonesia di Taipei (KDEI, Indonesian Economic and Trade Office to Taipei) Representative Mr. Didi Sumedi and Mr. Miftah Farid, Director, Department of Trade, Indonesia Economic and Trade Office to Taipei. Part of their discussion focuses on rekindling joint activities between FFTC and Indonesia’s agricultural agencies which used to have regular workshops and seminars together. Photo shows FFTC Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe greeting KDEI Representative Mr. Didi Sumedi. Looking on are FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin, Mr. Miftah Farid, Director, Department of Trade, KDEI Taipei and Ms. Chia-Chuan Chang, Secretary to the Director, FFTC.

Visit to the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST)
Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin visits the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) and meets Professor Chang-Hsien Tai, President of NPUST, and Dr. Fure-Chyi Chen, Dean of Agriculture College. The three discuss plans for the upcoming workshop on “Smart Agriculture for Environmentally and Consumer Friendly Food Production,” which is a joint undertaking of FFTC, The Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), NPUST and AVRDC, the World Vegetable Center (WVC) slated this coming May 27-31 at NPUST. 

A courtesy call to the officials of the Philippines’ Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO)
FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin pays a courtesy call to the officials of the Philippines’ Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) headed by its Chairman and Resident Representative Mr. Angelito T. Banayo, Director Cesar M. Drilon and Development Cooperation Officer Ms. Irene Joan Tan. Director Dr. Lin and FFTC Information Officer Mr. Ronald Mangubat discuss and give updates on the current projects of the Center, particularly the upcoming training course on “Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries Management” which is a joint effort of FFTC and DOST-PCAARRD. The said training course is scheduled to be held on September 30 to October 4 in Iloilo, Philippines. They also talk about the FFTC Dragon Fruit Network and the many potentials of this special tropical fruit which is starting to make waves in the Philippines.