Bangkok (VNA) – The General Statistics Office (GSO) of Vietnam and the Vietnam Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Post-harvest Technology (VIAEP) were elected on May 25 to the boards of directors of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) and the Center for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) under the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
The elections took place within the framework of the 78th session of ESCAP held in Bangkok.
SIAP is a professional statistics training center for civil servants and others working on official statistics. It offers short and long-term training specifically to build knowledge and develop the skills of national government employees to produce, use and share reliable statistics, including for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals and the development of evidence-based policies.
Meanwhile, CSAM, based in Beijing, aims to enhance technical cooperation among ESCAP members and associate members as well as other interested UN member states, through extensive information exchange and sharing knowledge, and the promotion of research and development and agribusiness development in the field of sustainable agricultural mechanization and technology transfer for the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the goals of the Millennium for Development in the Asia-Pacific region.
ISAP’s Boards of Directors and CSAM each comprises the representative of the host country and eight other members elected by ESCAP members.
Established in 1947, ESCAP is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The commission promotes cooperation between its 53 member states and its nine associate members in the search for solutions to the challenges of sustainable development.
The annual session will be an opportunity to review the achievements of the Asia-Pacific region in socio-economic development and discuss future cooperation and linkages to address challenges.
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam was present and delivered a speech at the opening of the 78th session of ESCAP on May 23./.