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27 July 2023, The Hague.   The Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) and the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) announced the signing of a landmark agreement at the Embassy of China in The Hague, Netherlands, on 27 July 2023.

Ambassador Tan Jian, Ambassador of China to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Managing Director of the CFC Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal witnessed the signing ceremony in presence of other delegates.

This agreement, the first ever,  paves the way for the provision of Junior Professional Officers (JPOs) as a part of the CFC’s Junior Professional Officer Programme. The goal of this initiative is to enhance the skill sets of young professionals with limited work experience by providing them an enriching and structured learning opportunity under the guidance and supervision of experienced CFC officials.

The Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China is taking an important step towards contributing to this program by deploying JPOs to the CFC, demonstrating its commitment to the professional development of future international civil servants.

The exchange of human resources will allow the JPOs to accumulate knowledge and practical experience, preparing them for successful careers as international civil servants. This agreement signifies the strong collaboration between the CFC and the People’s Republic of China and their shared dedication to fostering future talent.

Ms. Michèle Schwarz, CFC Head of Accounting and Administration; Amb. Sheikh Mohammed Belal, Managing Director of CFC; Mr. JIN Yuan, Counsellor for Economy and Commerce at the Embassy ; and H.E. Mr. TAN Jian, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Netherlands.

“We believe that this agreement will mark a new chapter in our collaboration, opening doors for more dynamic, creative, and innovative professionals who will undoubtedly contribute significantly to the sustainable development and growth of the global commodity sector.

China’s poverty reduction story is a story of persistent growth through economic transformation. As China’s economy now adjusts to a new low carbon growth model, its eagerness for upgraded skill levels  is in line with China’s vision  for  an improved social protection to ensure a just transition that complements CFC’s mission for alleviation of poverty.

We look forward to welcoming the first cohort of JPOs from China to CFC and to the enriching experience they will bring to our diverse team. The JPO program, it is hoped, will open up windows to learn from China’s battle against poverty that has benefited the largest number of people in human history.” Said Ambassador Belal.

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