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Soesilo makes pitch for Indonesian to lead FAO

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 18 2011   /  08:00 am

Coordinating Public Welfare Minister Agung Laksono recently returned from Rome where he bolstered support for Indroyono Soesilo, Indonesia’s candidate to replace the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) outgoing leader.

Soesilo and candidates from Austria, Brazil, Iran, Iraq and Spain made 15-minute presentations to delegates from more than 190 member countries at four-day 141st FAO Council Meeting which ended Friday.

“I shared with the delegates Indonesia’s experiences in developing its agricultural sector to
eliminate hunger and alleviate poverty, which is also the main mission of the FAO,” Soesilo said in Jakarta after his return from Rome.

The Indonesian government nominated Soesilo, currently secretary of the Office of the Coordinating Public Welfare Minister, to replace Jacques Diouf of Senegal, who has led the organization for 18 years, ...