SLTB to host FAO's 20th session
SLTB to host FAO's 20th session Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB), the apex
authority of the tea industry in Sri Lanka will host the United Nation's
Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) 20th Session of the
Inter-Governmental Group (IGG) on tea from January 30 to February 1 in
At the 19th session held in May 2010 in New Delhi, Sri Lanka took the
opportunity of bidding to host the 20th session in 2012 along with
Indonesia and Malawi.
Through a consensus members unanimously offered Sri Lanka the
opportunity, giving the country further recognition in the global tea
industry. The event creates added significance since 2012 celebrates 145
years after commencement of the tea industry in the country on a
commercial scale. We are proud to be hosting the 20th FAO/IGG session.
It is a very prestigious event and this will definitely bring
international mileage to Sri Lanka and the heritage of Ceylon tea.
Further, this is the first international event for the tea industry in
the country after the dawn of peace and therefore it is a great
opportunity for us to showcase our products and our country as a whole.
Today, there is political uncertainty in some of our key markets and
added to this is the global financial crisis which will affect any
industry whose main focus is export.
Being the host of the foremost technical sessions on the tea industry
at this crucial time gives the Sri Lankan experts an ideal opportunity
to share our knowledge as well as learn from other leading tea
industries in the world", said Janaki Kuruppu, Chairperson of the Sri
Lanka Tea Board.
Delegates from over 25 countries will participate in this year's FAO/IGG
sessions. Some of the countries include India, China, Kenya, Indonesia,
Bangladesh, Vietnam, Africa, Argentina representing tea producing
countries whilst USA, Canada, UK,
Pakistan, Russia and UAE will be representing their nation as tea
consuming or importing countries. The focus of the FAO/IGG sessions
which are held biannually is to discuss and resolve issues related to
production, marketing, pricing and consumption of tea faced by the
international tea industry in a single platform and discuss the way
forward for the next 10 years. Promotions Director SLTB Hasitha De Alwis
said, "It is a very crucial time that we are holding the FAO IGG 20th
session in Colombo, a period where the industry is facing many
challenges. Sri Lanka is a high cost, high quality producer therefore we
are changing our strategy rom production based model to a more market
based model this will allow us to create more visibility on our