The Sixteenth Session of the Council of International Jute Study Group (IJSG) held on 16 May 2013

The Sixteenth  Session of the Council of International Jute Study Group (IJSG) was held  on 16 May 2013.I attended the session as an Associated Member of  International Jute Study Group (IJSG) .I am presenting the brief report of the meeting by taking the same from the website of  International Jute Study Group (IJSG) for further dissemination.The report may be accessed at the following link of the website: 

http://www.jute.org/news.htm

 

It may be mentioned that the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) is an intergovernmental body set up under the aegis of UNCTAD to function as the International Commodity Body (ICB) for Jute, Kenaf and other Allied Fibres.

 

The International Jute Study Group (IJSG), the legal successor to the erstwhile International Jute Organisation (IJO), was established on 27 April 2002, to administer the provisions and supervise the operations of the Agreement establishing the Terms of Referenceof the International Jute Study Group, 2001. The organisation is the outcome of a series of meetings and UNCTAD conferences, which commenced in March 2000 in Geneva and concluded in April 2001 also in Geneva.

 

The IJSG formally entered into force on and from 27 April 2002 with the completion of the process of Definitive Acceptance/Acceptance by Governments of Bangladesh, India, Switzerland, and the European Community representing its 27 member countries and representing  over  60%  jute  trade (import and export).  [Consistent with paragraph 23(a) of the Agreement, establishing the Terms of Reference (ToR) of IJSG – UN Conference on Jute and Jute Products 2001]

Objectives

The objectives of the Group are:

(a)To provide an effective framework for international cooperation, consultation and policy development among members with regard to all relevant aspects of the world of jute economy;

(b)To promote the expansion of international trade in jute and jute products by maintaining existing markets and by developing new markets, including the introduction of new jute products and the development of new end-uses;

(c)To provide a forum for the active participation of the private sector in the development of the jute sector;

(d)To address the issues of poverty alleviation, employment and development of human resources, particularly women, in the jute sector;

(e) To facilitate the improvement of structural conditions in the jute sector through improvement of productivity and quality, and promotion of the application of new processes and technologies;

(f)To create and increase awareness of the beneficial effects of the use of jute as an environmentally friendly, renewable and biodegradable natural fibre;

(g)To improve market intelligence with a view to ensuring greater transparency in the international jute market in collaboration with other organizations, including the Food and Agricultural  Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

 The Headquarters of International Jute Study Group (IJSG) located at 145 Monipuripara, Near Farmgate Tejgaon
Dhaka-1215, Bangladesh

 

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16th Session of the Council of the IJSG held at Dhaka

The Sixteenth Session of the Council of the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) held at its Secretariat in Dhaka on May 16, 2013. Mr. Md. Ashraful Moqbul, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Textiles and Jute, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh & Chairperson, Council of IJSG chaired the session. The representatives of IJSG member countries were present in the meeting. Mr. Subrata Gupta, Jute Commissioner, India and Mr. Arijit Banerjee, Secretary, National Jute board (NJB), India, represented the Indian delegation.  Mr. Philippe Jacques, First Counselor, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Bangladesh represented the European Union. While a 14 member’s team led by Mr. Moqbul represented the delegation of Bangladesh.The Council is the highest authority of the IJSG which discussed establishment matters as well as administrative and financial matters of the Group. A series of important issues including membership of the Group, liquidation process, and development of market for jute products, assessment of world jute situation and other related matters were discussed during the Session.

 

The Secretary General updated the Council about the present status of jute, kenaf and allied natural fibres and its position in the world ranking. He presented the recent figures and trend analysis of top jute producing and consuming countries. All Members of IJSG – Bangladesh, India, and European Union representing its 27 Member States attended the Session. Representatives of Associate Members from Bangladesh and Tanzania were present during the meeting. Representative of CIRDAP also attended the session as Observer.

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