During May 17 to 19, 2017, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, participated in the International Congress of Controlled Environment Agriculture (ICCEA 2017), held in the Hotel El Panama, with the presence of important speakers from Asia, U.S. and Europe. The conference also included the participation of the representative of NASA, which is experimenting the cultivation of leguminous plants in the International Space Station.
The event in its second version took place under the collaboration of the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT) of Panama, Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) of Panama, Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MICI) of Panama, Embassy of Panama in Japan, Panama University (UP), Panama Technological University (UTP), Chiba University of Japan, Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and other private institutions related to agriculture. The conference was inaugurated with the opening remarks of H.E. Eduardo Carles, Minister of Agricultural Development of Panama.
Dr. Toyoki Kozai, Keynote Speaker, received The Master of Innovation Award, for his great work as pioneer in the area of Plant Factory and introducing this technology to Panama.
Besides, in the context of the 2nd International Congress of Controlled Environment Agriculture, Japanese delegation from Chiba University, led by Dr. Michiko Takagaki, Vice President of Public Relations, held meetings with the representatives of Panama University and Panama Technological University aiming to develop the projects in controlled environment agriculture.
It is important to mention about the agreement between Panama University and Chiba University to develop the projects on cultivating wild orchid and coffee in controlled environment. Both national universities have established an academic exchange with Chiba University, with the purpose of training Panamanian students in the area of the controlled environment agriculture. In the context of this exchange, two groups of Panamanian students have been already despatched to Japan to receive the training.