Diedrah Kelly has been named as executive director of Canada’s new Indo-Pacific Agriculture and Agri-Food Office (IPAAO) in Manila, Philippines.
The federal government is planning to open the physical office in the new year. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay told RealAgriculture last month that the office will open in or around February.
The IPAAO is a $31.8 million joint initiative between Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and part of an ongoing commitment by the Canadian government to bolster ties, advance technical cooperation, assist Canadian exporters in finding new business opportunities, and help position Canada as a preferred supplier in the region.
Kelly has 20 years of international experience with Global Affairs Canada, including numerous assignments abroad, says Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She was most recently the Consul General of Canada in Mumbai, India, and prior to that served as Canada’s Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
IPAAO resources from both the CFIA and AAFC will take a regional approach to engaging, advancing and addressing agricultural trade issues and opportunities, operating as a centralized hub, says AAFC.
The announcement of the IPAAO last November was well received by export-dependent commodities, with Soy Canada, Canadian Cattle Association, and the Canadian Agri- Food Trade Alliance offering support for the commitment.