The rapporteurs meeting took place in Lima and Cusco in Peru and was timed to coincide with the World Potato Congress (WPC). The meeting of the rapporteurs of the Specialized Section on Standardization of Seed Potatoes was chaired by Mr. John Kerr (United Kingdom).The purpose of the meeting was to engage proactively with seed potato interests in the region both scientific and business but most importantly seed certification officials.
Through the rapporteur from Belgium, Mr. Guido Mussche, the UNECE rapporteurs joined the Belgian delegation for several important parts of the WPC programme and side events. The Belgian delegation is involved in the region through the NGO, Trias, which runs very active and successful capacity building projects with potato growers in Peru and Ecuador; through the current president of the WPC (Mr. Romain Cools) who is also head of the Belgian industry body Belgapom. This provided the UNECE rapporteurs group with a good opportunity to network with these groups and facilitated discussions with stakeholders from, and with an interest in, Latin America.