The 46th Annual Session and Meetings of the IPC will be hosted by the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities of the Government of Malaysia and jointly organized by the IPC from 2nd to 4th October 2018at Le Meridien Hotel, Putrajaya, Malaysia.
The 46th Session and Meetings of the IPC will consist of 2 days of meetings and 1 day of site visit to Malacca. The event is being organized in the administrative center of Federal Government of Malaysia, Putrajaya.
Putrajaya, named after the first Malaysian Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, is situated 25 km south of Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia’s Capital City). The word Putra or Putera in Malay/Sanskrit means Prince or Male Child and Jaya means Success or Victory. Since 1999 Putrajaya has officially served as the federal administrative center of Malaysia.
During its 46th Annual Session and Meetings, the IPC will announce 2nd October 2018as IPC International Pepper Day. Furthermore, in order to help pepper industry to broaden its business network, an exhibition will be held simultaneously with the 46thAnnual Session and Meetings of the IPC.
In the 46th Session and Meetings of the IPC, distinguished speakers from the industry such as McCormick, Nedspice, Griffith, Kancor Mane etc., and other spice organizations such as ESA, ASTA, Eurofins, etc., are invited to honor the event and support the pepper industry by sharing information on new developments from the market, thus, giving the entire industry valuable insights into the consuming countries’ regulations. Other issues which will be touched upon by distinguished speakers and further proactively deliberated by delegates are related to food safety and security, traceability, volatility of markets, weather and its effects to the crops, etc.
Putrajaya, named after the first Malaysian Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, is situated 25 km south of Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia’s Capital City). The word Putra or Putera in Malay/Sanskrit means Prince or Male Child and Jaya means Success or Victory. Since 1999 Putrajaya has officially erved as the federal administrative center of Malaysia. Putrajaya is a city with many interesting places to visit and sight to see such as:
Malacca, founded about 1400s by Parameswara (ruler of Temasek now Singapore) where he fled from the forces of Javanese Kingdom of Majapahit, is situated on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia facing the Straits of Malacca. A city with abundant breathtaking sights and rich heritage, it is interesting to explore the many places that make it unique such as:
There are many challenges faced by the pepper industry, but a more relevant one in today's time isnthe environment in which all the players in the industry has been operating. In the recent years this has fluctuated drastically making it difficult for farmers, traders and end consumers. The prices have skyrocketed from $2600/mt to $9,900/mt over a five year period since 2009. No industry can thrive under such speculative runs.
Lack of information on quality and regulatory requirements in the consuming countries and not having a broader perspective on supply/demand by many in the industry are reasons for these fluctuations. As a community we can bring in a more stable environment by sharing information amongst us, enabling all to make informed decisions. This applies equally to product quality, food safety, regulatory conformances, supply & demand.
Thus, there is a greater need to encourage cooperation and consolidation among the associations/traders to enable them to enhance networking and address the issues faced by the industry collectively. Having more collaboration and information with the stakeholders and working together would build a stable environment to benefit pepper industry. It is a belief that it would also enable growers in IPC member countries to adjust resources to plan in a better manner to avoid sudden price falls and to encourage a more sustainable development rather than just taking into account price movements in the shorterm market. This sets the background for our theme for this year’s conference: Transformation through Collaboration.