Proceedings of the Inception Meeting on RETA 6521: Accelerating the Implementation of the Core Agriculture Support Program (CASP)

Date: March 2009
Type: Conference Proceedings
Series: Proceedings of the Meetings of the GMS Working Group on Agriculture


The GMS Core Agriculture Support Program (CASP) endorsed by the GMS Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting in 2007 outlines the key objectives, program components, and indicative projects for subregional cooperation to be pursued by the Working Group on Agriculture (WGA) between 2006-2010. A new regional technical assistance RETA 6521: Accelerating the Implementation of the CASP was approved in December 2008 for funding in the amount of US$2 Million ($0.5 Million from PRC and $1.5 Million from ADB). An inception meeting was held at the FAO Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand in the afternoon of 5 March 2009 to (i) provide better understanding of the RETA and discuss activities, performance targets and implementation issues; and (ii) discuss the roles of the Working Group on Agriculture (WGA) Secretariat and implementing partners.

The Inception Meeting was attended by senior officials as WGA members and respective delegations from the six GMS countries (Cambodia, People’s Republic of China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam), and representatives of development partners, including ADB, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Government of Finland.


  • Introduction
  • Welcome Remarks
  • RETA 6521: Accelerating the Implementation of CASP 
  • Feedback from the GMS Country Representatives
  • Role of GMS WGA Secretariat and Development Partners in RETA Implementation
  • Meeting Agreements and Next Steps
  • Closing Remarks