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Nirmala Sitharman to inaugurate 9th ANRPC Annual Rubber Conference
Global rubber body meet to be hosted by India at Guwahati

Kottayam, 30 September 2016

Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry will inaugurate the 9th Annual Rubber Conference of the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) on 17 October 2016 at Guwahati. The Minister will also release a new natural rubber (NR) clone developed by Rubber Research Institute of India, exclusively for cultivation in the Northeast by handing over a seedling to Mr. Atul Bora, Agricultural Minister of Assam. This is the first time Rubber Board releasing an Indian clone for exclusive cultivation in Northeast India.

ANRPC is an intergovernmental organization established in 1970 and has at present 11 member countries viz. Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. These 11 countries together account for around 90% of world NR production and 65% world NR consumption. The Association has been an effective forum for facilitating exchange of information, consolidation of statistics, networking and coordinated initiatives on issues confronting the NR sector.

The Session of the Assembly and meeting of Executive Committee of ANRPC are held usually once a year. Annual Rubber Conference and meetings of technical committees are also held along with this. ANRPC annual meetings are hosted by one of the member countries. India is hosting the Assembly and Annual Meetings in 2016. An Organizing Committee presided over by Mr. A. Ajith Kumar, IAS, Chairman, Rubber Board is coordinating the hosting of the ANRPC events.

The 39th Session of the ANRPC Assembly and meetings of Executive Committee Meeting and technical committees will be held from 18 to 21 October 2016.

The speakers in the Rubber Conference include Ms. Sheela Thomas (Secretary General, ANRPC), Dr. Tirthankar Patnaik (India Strategist, Asian Financial Solutions Dept, Mizuho Bank Ltd, Japan), Datuk Dr. Abdul Aziz SA Kadir (Secretary General, International Rubber Research & Development Board), Datuk Dr. Salmiah Ahmad (Chief Executive Officer, International Tripartite Rubber Consortium) and Dr. Lekshmi Nair (Head of Economics & Statistics, International Rubber Study Group, Singapore).

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