The 7th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Food Security Ministerial Meeting (FSMM) was held yesterday via video conference hosted by Thailand.
It follows the APEC 2022 theme ‘Open. Connect. Balance’ by recognising the three priorities of being open to all opportunities, connected in all dimensions and balanced in all aspects. The dialogue was chaired by Thai Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Dr Chalermchai Sri-on.
Brunei Darussalam was represented by Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Metussin. Also present were Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) Hajah Tutiaty binti Haji Abdul Wahab and senior officials from the ministry.
The 7th APEC FSMM was held to improve the open, fair, transparent, productive, sustainable and resilient APEC food system to ensure access to sufficient, safe, affordable and nutritious food to meet dietary requirements and food preferences for a healthy life.
In the meeting, Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Abdul Manaf stated that uncertainties and major challenges have put much burden on the global and regional food systems. He said food security alone cannot be achieved without the participation of all relevant stakeholders as there is a need for collective actions to ensure lasting food security and to boost long-term sufficient food reserves. The minister shared that the Sultanate continues to explore and implement various efforts to maintain food security and long term food reserves within the country.