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Cote d'Ivoire, Africa's leader in Natural Rubber, participated in the IAP Meeting in Brussels

20 November 2019

African leader in the sector, Côte d'Ivoire participates in the meeting of the advisory panel of the rubber industry in Brussels

Cote d'Ivoire, Africa's leader in Natural Rubber, participated on Friday, November 15, 2019 (Brussels) in the Statutory Meeting of the Rubber Industry Advisory Panel (IAP), a subsidiary body of the International Rubber Study Group. (IRSG).

The Ivory Coast was represented by Ambassadors Aly TOURE (Permanent Representative of the Ivory Coast in London) and Abou DOSSO (Head of Mission of the Ivory Coast to the European Union) at this important meeting with a view to report on the upcoming World Rubber Summit to be held in Abidjan in May 2020.

During this IAP meeting, private associations and organisations from the global rubber industry reviewed topical issues. These included the market outlook for natural and synthetic rubber as well as issues related to the sustainability of the sector, tire recycling, the implementation of projects for the development of this speculation and the organisation of the next meetings. of the IRSG to be held in Abidjan.

Following the intent of President Alassane OUATTARA to initiate reforms to mitigate the fluctuation of international prices for a sustainable sector, it was important for the Ivory Coast to participate in this meeting in order to voice the concerns of African planters in general and Ivorian producers in particular.

Ambassador Aly TOURE, Permanent Representative of the Ivory Coast to the International Commodities Organisations, and also Chairman of the Heads of Delegation of the IRSG, indicated the need to take into account the concerns of the countries Producers of Natural Rubber for a sustainable economy of Rubber.

During this meeting, the Representative of Côte d'Ivoire wished to take into account five key elements in the context of the sustainability of the rubber sector namely; the issue of remunerative prices for small producers, market transparency, Rubber processing in countries of origin, capacity building and projects such as the creation of a Hevea learning center in Côte d'Ivoire.

The IRSG is an intergovernmental body created in 1944 to serve as a platform for cooperation and discussion between countries importing and exporting both natural and synthetic rubber. It currently has 36 member countries and 120 private sector organisations.

Finally, it should be noted that Ambassador Aly TOURE had, on the sidelines of this IAP meeting, a working session with Mr. Salvatore Pinizzotto, Secretary General of the IRSG, to examine issues relating to the modalities of collaboration between the IRSG Secretariat and the Ivorian Government for the success of this historic event for the host country.


Brussels, 15 November 2019


News Release has been translated to English via Google Translate.

Link to Source: NewsAbijan  (french)


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