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APFNet held its 2017 New Year Reception in Kunlun Hotel, Beijing on 15 December 2016. Representatives from the embassies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Forestry Administration, All-China Women's Federation, APFNet’s member economies, project appraisal panel, APFNet Fund’s members and partner enterprises and Beijing branch offices of international organizations, as well as students and professors of APFNet’s scholarship programme from Beijing Forestry University were invited.

Mr Qu Guilin, Executive Director of APFNet, opened the reception by reviewing the Secretariat’s work in 2016 and expressed his appreciations to all partners who have helped and supported APFNet during the year. Mr Zhao Shucong, Chair of the APFNet Board of Directors, Mr Peng Youdong, Vice-minister of the State Forestry Administration, and Peruvian Ambassador to Beijing Mr Juan Carlos Capuñay joined the reception and made opening remarks.

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Mr Zhao Shucong delivered new year speech and greetings on behalf of APFNet’s Board of Directors

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Mr Zhao met with Mr Capuñay during the reception, reviewed past collaborations between APFNet and Peruvian government including the co-organization of the Second APEC Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry, and explored future cooperation opportunities.

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Mr Peng and Mr Capuñay expressed their willingness to cooperate with APFNet to contribute to sustainable forest management in the region.

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Mr Qu and Mr Christopher Pritchett, Vice Consul of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, discussed APFNet’s work in the future.

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Scholarship students browsing through APFNet’s publications.