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20th Session of the Intergovernmental Group (IGG) on Tea of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to be held in Colombo from 30th January to 1st February 2012.

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Press release fao igg 2012

  1. 1. PRESS RELEASE15TH DECEMBER 2011 AT 10.30 A.M, TAJ SAMUDRA HOTEL20th Session of the Intergovernmental Group (IGG) on Tea of the Foodand Agriculture Organization (FAO) to be held in Colombo from 30thJanuary to 1st February 2012The year 2012 marks 145 years of the commencement of Sri Lanka tea industry on a commercial scale. Itis with great pleasure that Sri Lanka Tea Board, the apex state organization of the tea industry in Sri Lanka thunder the purview of the Ministry of Plantation Industries, formally announces the hosting of the 20Session of FAO/IGG on Tea in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2012.Selecting Sri Lanka as the venue for one of the most important events in the global tea industry, providinga prestigious platform for the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s 20th Session of theInter-Governmental Group (IGG) on Tea is certainly an achievement and shows the world recognition forSri Lanka. Sri Lanka Tea Board will make arrangements to host the FAO/IGG Sessions which will take place th stfrom 30 January to 1 February 2012 at Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo. thIncidentally, Sri Lanka hosted the 15 Session of FAO/IGG on Tea in August 2003 gaining immense thmileage. At the 19 session held in May 2010 in India, Sri Lanka took the opportunity of bidding to host ththe 20 session in 2012 along with Indonesia and Malawi. Finally, the members agreed unanimously tooffer the opportunity to Sri Lanka to host the next session.The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO)/Intergovernmental Group (IGG) on Tea whichwas established in 1969 is a forum where important policies and strategies related to the global teaindustry are formulated. Its Membership is open to all the members/associate members of UN who areinterested in tea production/consumption/trading of tea. The FAO/IGG on Tea, a subsidiary body of thecommittee on Commodity Problems hold biannual sessions and is considered as the only global forum formember nations to deliberate issues related to production, marketing, pricing and consumption of tea.Intercessional Working Groups representing all stakeholders are held every other year prior to mainFAO/IGG Session and it is mandatory to seek the approval of member countries on agenda, themes, issuesand new working groups to be discussed at the main session of FAO/IGG on tea.The International Tea Committee (ITC) Producer/Consumer Members Forum will precede the IGG on Tea thsessions on 29 January 2012, together with a half day meeting on “Climate Change”. In order to presentthe global tea fraternity who will gather in Colombo with a total offering, Sri Lanka Tea Board andColombo Tea Traders’ Association (CTTA) will be hosting an International Tea Convention on the theme st rd“ExclusiviTEA” from 1 to 3 February 2012. The Colombo Tea Conventions have always been the bestattended in the tea world and boast of an exclusive mix of international speakers on themes of currentand future relevance. This mega-event is being organized by the CTTA , in collaboration with the Sri LankaTea Board. The tea producing countries are also scheduled to meet on the sideline of FAO/IGG on Tea stConference, to establish an International Tea Producers Forum (ITPF) on 1 February 2012.The objectiveof this gathering is to create a common platform for tea producers and to formulate strategies for thebenefit to all tea producing nations. Page 1
  2. 2. Over 125 high-ranking decision makers from all the major tea producing and tea consuming countries areexpected to attend the Inter-Governmental Group Conference on Tea which is only by invitation. TheInternational Tea Convention and exhibition is estimated to attract over 200 foreign delegates, as well asthe stakeholders in the tea industry in Sri Lanka totaling more than 500 participants. The industry stake-holders are keen to celebrate the first ever Tea Convention in Sri Lanka enjoying peace after 03 longdecades of internal conflict. Strong tea contingents from tea producing as well as consuming countries areexpected to attend this event.As a major tea producing country and rated as the world’s highest foreign exchange earner from the thexport of tea, Sri Lanka tea industry is expected to gain the following major benefits through the 20FAO/IGG session and International Tea Convention. (i) Sri Lanka’s current status of adhering to ISO 3720 on minimum quality standards, which enabled Sri Lanka to emerge at the forum as the only tea producer with the highest degree of standard compliance can be further strengthened through an action plan under the Working Group on “Tea Trade and Quality”. (ii) With regard to Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) in Tea, Sri Lanka and India will be able to continue the process of joint consultations which is needed for harmonizing the MRL standards by all tea consumer countries and facilitating the formation of uniform MRL standards for producing countries. Through the process of collating information on Integrated Pest Management (IPM), banned chemicals and potential new generation chemicals for pest control Sri Lanka will benefit as a producer. (iii) The generation of medium term out look for the tea economy. The initial demonstration will be made to test FAO World Tea Model using Sri Lanka’s data. (iv) Two new working groups on “Organic Tea” and on “Climate Change” which were identified at the Intercessional Meeting in Kenya will be deliberated at FAO/IGG Session in Colombo. Sri Lanka as a pioneering organic tea producer agreed to furnish information while activities are coordinated by India. Due to climate change scenarios in the tea producing countries it is very timely to collate all available research data on climate change and develop appropriate long-term technologies for mitigation/adaptation. This will be further deliberated at the session. (v) Sri Lanka is contemplating to form a tea producer forum, (one option would be to reactivate the International Tea Producers’’ Forum (ITPF) which originated at a previous FAO/IGG session) in order to create a platform for exchange of views for the advantage of tea producers and to formulate strategies for deriving common benefits to all tea producing nations.15/12/2011 Sri Lanka Tea Board 574, Galle road Colombo 03