GENEVA, thepresidentpost.com – Indonesian Candidate, Prof. Purwiyatno Hariyadi was elected Vice Chairman of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) for the period 2017-2018 at the elections held during the 40th CAC Meeting in Geneva (7/19).
With the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, the National Standardization Agency (BSN) and PTRI Geneva, Prof. Purwiyatno, a professor at the Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB), grabbed the highest votes of 103 out of a total of 122, beating the British and Lebanese candidates with 102 votes each and candidate from Papua New Guinea with 59 votes.
The top three candidates hold 3 (three) positions of Codex Vice Chairman. The three Vice Chairmen of Codex will work together with the Chairman of Codex for the period of 2017-2018. The Brazilian candidate was elected as the Chairman the previous day. Usually the Chairman and Vice Chairmen of the Codex hold their positions for two periods.
The Chairman and Vice Chairmen of Brazil, Indonesia, England and Lebanon will be incorporated in the Executive Committee which is the Codex executive body.
For Indonesia, an active role in the Codex is important since as the international standards-setting body it becomes the global reference in food standardization to protect the consumer health and facilitate fair international trade.
In his speech, representing the Indonesian delegation, Head of BSN Dr. Bambang Prasetyo expressed his appreciation to those who have supported Prof. Purwiyatno. The success has showed Indonesia’s commitment to encourage the application of Codex standards, aimed not only at protecting the consumer health but also to realize the global food security and safety by facilitating access to safe, and healthy food for the people.
The Indonesia’s active role in the body is also aimed at ensuring that international food trade practices are fair.
Indonesia Permanent Representative in Geneva, Ambassador Hasan Kleib, who also witnessed the election process that took place strictly, said 188 member-states of Codex recognized the competence of Prof. Purwiyatno and Indonesia’s commitment to contribute to the CAC.
The success will not only improve Indonesia’s image and credibility in other international forums but also can be actively involved in influencing the setting of international standards that impact on improving the marketing access of Indonesian food.
According to Ambassador Hasan Kleib, the involvement of Indonesia in the preparation of Codex standards is needed not only to improve the protection of consumer health but also to ensure the compliance with standards and regulations so that Indonesian food products can be accepted in international markets.
The competence of Prof. Purwiyatno as Vice Chairman will strengthen the function of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. His expertise in food engineering and his ability to negotiate with various parties will greatly assist the decision making. The election of Prof. Purwiyatno is also expected to push the stakeholders to improve the formulation of food quality standards in Indonesia. (KML/TPP)