ASEAN-US Roundtable on Agricultural Biotechnology Policy & Strategy, 4-5 April 2006, Bangkok, Thailand

BIOTEC hosted the ASEAN-US Roundtable on Agricultural Biotechnology Policy & Strategy during 4-5 April 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand. The event is a joint activity between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States Government, with major funding from the US Government.  The objective of the Roundtable discussion is to provide an opportunity for ASEAN members and U.S. officials to engage in dialogue pertaining to agricultural biotechnology and economic development. 


The Roundtable was attended by 60 participants, majority of which were representatives from government departments and ministries in ASEAN countries and representatives from US Department of Agriculture, USAID, and the US Department of State. Also in attendance were representatives from international organizations such as the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC), International Development Research Centre (IDRC), International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), International Food Information Council (IFIC). 

The two Keynote Lectures were given by:

  1. Dr. Apichart Vanavichit, Director, BIOTEC Rice Gene Discovery Unit on Comparative Advantage, Opportunities, and Challenges for Biotechnology in the Development of ASEAN Members’ Agricultural Sectors
  2. Ms. Madelyn E. Spirnak, Senior Advisor for Agricultural Biotechnology, US Department of States on ASEAN-US Enhanced Partnership and Biotechnology

You can view the presentation files, conclusion and recommendations derived from the meeting at:   

Dr. Apichart Vanavichit 

Ms. Madelyn E. Spirnak 


Banpot Violy Andy

From left to right: Dr. Banpot Napompeth (Chairman, Steering and Advisory Working Group on the Development of National Biosafety Frameworks), Dr. Violetta Villegas (USABC) and Dr. Andy Benson (IFIC)