The Policy Dialogue is a forum for APEC member economies to discuss issues of common interest with regard to agricultural biotechnology, including the safe introduction of biotechnology products and public acceptance of these products. Policy makers use the Policy Dialogue to promote public policy development, facilitate technology transfer, encourage investment and strengthen public confidence regarding biotechnology in order to increase agricultural productivity, protect the environment, and promote food security.

The 15th Meeting of the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology (HLPDAB) was hosted and chaired by Peru. The meeting focused on creating a positive HLPDAB Statement for the Fourth APEC Ministerial Meeting on Food Security Declaration (Piura Declaration on APEC Food Security) and advancing cooperation on biotechnology in the APEC region.

The three main topics of the 15th HLPDAB Meeting were:

  1. Outcomes of the APEC workshop on Strengthening Innovation and Cooperation among APEC Economies to Advance Science and Facilitate Trade and the ways forward;
  2. Data transportability, existing data bases/resources; and
  3. Sciene communication in APEC.