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Minister Tamm in Rome: The topic of agriculture is important in both Europe and Africa because it helps to make life and environment in rural areas more sustainable

4. July 2017 - 9:37
Minister of Rural Affairs Tarmo Tamm at the African-European Union ministerial meeting.
Photo: FAO/Carlo Perla.

“The enormous potential of Africa is becoming more clear, both in human capital and source of goods,“ the Minister of Rural Affairs Tarmo Tamm added at a meeting in Rome on 2 July with the Ministers of Agriculture of the African Union and the European Union.

“One of the priorities of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU is a balanced and open economy, including a digital market. IT solutions can contribute to optimizing work and improving communication everywhere,” Mr. Tamm stressed in his speech.

The meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture is followed by the 40th session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on 3 – 8 July. The Minister of Rural Affairs of Estonia Tarmo Tamm also took part in the conference, where the main topic is “The State of Food and Agriculture: Climate change, agriculture and food security”.

Several bilateral meetings were also held during the conference. In a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture of Montenegro Milutin Simović, discussions were held on the current status of the Accession of Montenegro to the European Union. In a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture of the Netherlands Martijn van Dam, Tarmo Tamm talked about the future of the Common Agricultural Policy. The same topic was under discussion with the Minister of Agriculture of Lithuania Bronius Markauskas. Mr. Tamm also met with the Minister of Agriculture of Algeria Abdelkader Bouazghi, where the topics under discussion included livening trade, market accessibility and the increase of cooperation between Estonia and Algeria.

The conference is the FAO’s highest leadership body that is held in sessions biennially. The main objectives of the conference is to decide on the main policies of the organization, approve the Programme of Work and Budget for the next two years and to give recommendations to Member countries and other international organizations.  In addition to all Member countries, observers, intergovernmental and international nongovernmental organizations are invited to the meeting.

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