The Asia and Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics (APCAS) is a statutory body of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). APCAS brings together senior statistics officials from FAO member countries of Asia and the Pacific region, who are responsible for the production and dissemination of agricultural statistics in their respective countries. They review the developments in their agricultural statistics systems since the last session and exchange ideas with experts from FAO and other organizations on the state of food and agricultural statistics in the region. FAO uses this occasion to inform the member countries about its activities during the preceding biennium, particularly in Asia and the Pacific region. The prominent themes on the Agenda of the Twenty-eighth Session of the Asia and Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics (APCAS28) were the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indicators and the SDG Global Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, developing an Integrated System of Agricultural Statistics, use of technology and importance of partnerships in agriculture statistics, and subsector statistics related to fisheries and livestock.
The Indonesian Government hosted APCAS28, convened by FAO in Bali, Indonesia from 10 to 14 February 2020. The session was attended by 100 participants, including 53 delegates from 24 APCAS member countries and observers from 6 countries and 9 organizations. The complete list of participants can be found in Appendix B.
The Commission welcomed Papua New Guinea and the Kingdom of Tonga as new members of APCAS and noted that the Republic of Maldives has recently submitted a request of membership to the DG of FAO.*
* Papua New Guinea and the Kingdom of Tonga became APCAS members in March 2018.