From 5th to 25th October, INBAR and the International Center for Bamboo and Rattan organised a seminar on Scientific and Technological Innovation Capacity and Standardisation of Bamboo Industry for Developing Countries. The course was sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of China.
Over 40 government officials from 12 countries took part in the course, which focused on technological innovation of bamboo industry and bamboo standardisation. Specific topics included: an overview of bamboo resources; policies on bamboo industry development in China; bamboo’s role in poverty eradication; standardisation of bamboo and rattan products, and relevant custom codes and international trade information.
In addition to the training, the seminar included field trips to China Bamboo Towns in Anhui and Zhejiang Provinces, as well as an invitation to attend the International Seminar on Bamboo Standardisation.
Seminars are intended as a key part of INBAR’s commitment to South-South Cooperation. For example, INBAR’s seminar work with the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology have been ongoing for 18 years and have trained over 2,000 people. Through learning and exchanging experiences of sustainable management using bamboo, this course – and similar courses – aim to enhance the understanding of senior government officials from developing countries, and promote the sustainable development of bamboo industries and fair trade.