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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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Forum on the prospect of Jute fibre titled “Golden Fibre in the Green Development” organized jointly by IJSG and Bangladesh Embassy, Brussels on 16 November 2012, Brussels

The news item has been taken from the website of International Jute Study Group (IJSG) which may be viewed at the following link:  http://jute.org/news.htm#58

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Dr.Syed Md.Zainul Abedin

 


A Forum on the prospect of Jute fibre titled “Golden Fibre in the Green Development” was organised jointly by the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) and the Embassy of Bangladesh in Belgium and on 16 November 2012 in Brussels Chambers of Commerce (BECI), Brussels. The forum was followed by a buyer-sellers meet.

The event was participated among others by MEP, European Commission officials, members of Federation of the Belgian Textile, Wood and Furniture Industry (Fedustria), jute & jute goods traders both from Europe and Bangladesh, environment groups, think tanks located in Brussels and Embassy officials. A four member delegation from Dhaka led by Major General Humayun Khaled,Chairman, BJMC also attended the forum.

The meeting was moderated by H.E. the Ambassador of Bangladesh Ms. Ismat Jahan. In her opening address, Ambassador Jahan highlighted the growing importance of jute, an environment friendly natural fibre, particularly in the context of its increasing significance in “green development”. She underscored that the jute sector has to reposition itself to explore the possibilities. Unless it is strongly supported internationally, the world will be deprived of a valuable eco-friendly fibre.

She recalled that IJSG was established as sole International Community Body (ICB) for jute and kenaf in 2002 and it was at the EU’s initiative that IJSG got its unique mandate of being the only ICB with specific objective of ‘poverty alleviation’, ‘women empowerment’ and ‘sustainable development’. Considering the important mandate of IJSG and the growing significance of the jute sector globally, she urged EU’s support for extension of IJSG’s present TOR beyond 2014.

Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General, IJSG presented a power point on the prospect of jute fibre describing the various aspects of innovative use of jute goods and the comparative advantage of using jute fibre as a viable and sustainable product for human being. He reiterated the pioneering role of IJSG in promoting the cause of jute in both producing and consuming countries and put importance on the private-public partnership in this sector.

Mr. Seamus Gillespie, Director, EEAS, EC stated that jute can play an enhanced role in regional integration between Bangladesh and the EU. He assured the extended support from EC and reiterated that it is critical to raise these issues from the Government of Bangladesh to the EU. In her message, MEP Ms. Jean Lambert, member of the Green Group of the European Parliament hoped for greater support for the jute sector of Bangladesh.

Other speakers mentioned about enhancing the standards of the whole supply chain of jute production which is a preference for the European buyers. They urged upon the producers to produce fashionable and innovative products so that these products could go with the transformation of the society at large. They put importance on the cooperation between producing countries, international organizations and the policy makers to re-invigorate the jute sector. A carpet factory visit to BALTA for the participants was organized on 15 November 2012.

The 13th meeting of the Private Sector Consultative Board (PSCB) was held on 17 November 2012 at the conference room of the Embassy Bangladesh. Several associate members of IJSG participated in the meeting and discussed various issues of jute sectors. Major General Humayun Khaled has been elected as the Chairman of the Board in the meeting, the detailed report and record of decisions of the meeting will be available on IJSG website soon.

Forum on Golden Fibre in Green Development

Buyer-Seller meeting

 Carpet Factory Visit at BALTA Group

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