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FAO lauds China's contribution towards South-South cooperation
Last Updated: 2017-07-07 08:06 | Xinhua
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The South-South Cooperation is proving an inclusive and cost-effective tool to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said Thursday.

"South-South and Triangular Cooperation offers the possibility of an approach that is not the traditional way followed by donors. It is more horizontal and it is based on the concept of solidarity," the chief of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.

The director-general made the remarks on the sidelines of the FAO Conference that took stock of the achievements of FAO-China South-South Cooperation Program and sought ways to involve more countries and international organizations in similar partnerships.

The FAO chief praised China's pioneering role as the largest contributor in supporting the program, and thanked the Chinese government for the establishment of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Trust Fund with a total financial grant of 80 million US dollars.

According to FAO, China is one of the earliest participants of the FAO's South-South Cooperation Program since its establishment over 20 years ago, and China has sent over 1,000 experts and technicians to 26 countries in Africa, Asia, South Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean, through FAO's South-South Cooperation Program.

Meanwhile, FAO and China have promoted triangular cooperation with developed countries and other international organizations, to expand partnerships and promote global sharing of agricultural expertise and knowledge, FAO said in a press release on Thursday.

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