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India to chair Association of NR Producing Countries
Kottayam, 21 October 2016
India has been unanimously elected as Chairman of the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC). Representing Govt. of India, Mr. A. Ajith Kumar IAS, Chairman, Rubber Board took charge from Royal Govt. of Cambodia in the 39th Assembly Session of ANRPC held at Guwahati today. The tenure of Chairmanship will be for one year. The Vice-Chairmanship is for Vietnam.
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% of 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 ANRPC annual meetings 2016 were hosted by the Government of India at Guwahati, Assam from 17 to 21 October. The next annual meetings of ANRPC will be held in Vietnam in 2017.