2014 IFCBA World Conference
The 2014 World Conference of the IFCBA, "Celebrating 25 years of Trade Facilitation through Expertise and Innovation", will take place from May 13-17 at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul, Korea. For detailed information, please click on the conference program. If you are planning on attending, please complete the registration form and the hotel form and send to the IFCBA Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2014 IFCBA WORLD CONFERENCE
The 2014 World Conference of the IFCBA, "Celebrating 25 years of Trade Facilitation through Expertise and Innovation", will take place from May 13-17 at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul, Korea. For detailed information and to register, please click on the attached conference program, registration form and hotel form. Completed registration and hotel forms can be sent to the IFCBA Secretariat at email@example.com.
Please note that members of the IFCBA are invited to share the information about the 2014 IFCBA World Conference to their association members.
ANLCA BOT CHAIRMANSHIP/OFFICES TO BE ROTATED AMONGST MEMBERS ON TWO YEARLY BASIS, AS ALL MEMBERS PLEDGE TO WORK ASSIDUOUSLY, TO SUSTAINABLY ENHANCE ANLCA’S GROWING PROFILE.
National President of ANLCA- Prince Olayiwola Shittu, led NECOM members to meet with the newly elected Board of Trustee (BOT) members yesterday-20/2/2014 at the National Secretariat, in an inaugural meeting of the BOT. All the nine elected members were present at this first meeting of the BOT, after their election in Warri on Thursday, 13th February, 2014.
The National President at the meeting told the BOT members that their coming on board is for a selfless service to ANLCA, and not for any pecuniary reason. Prince Olayiwola Shittu emphasized that their call to duty demands a trained and determined focus, which expects total commitment, in order to sustain the current profile of ANLCA and grow it further to greater heights. He told them that the Supreme Constitution of ANLCA-2008 should be their guiding document. He advised them to study it intensely, to enable them know the extent of their mandate and for them to appreciate the enormity of the contributions expected of them.
Prince Shittu advised them to conduct their inaugural meeting with the greatest sense of responsibility, maturity and the overall interest of ANLCA uppermost on their minds. He said to them: “We do not expect any acrimony or in-fighting during and after your crucial and inaugural meeting.” Going further, he emphasized that: “all we ask of you, as we await the outcome of your meeting, is an amicable selection/election of your principal officers, which is not in ANLCA’s constitution, but required for administrative convenience.”
Giving the vote of thanks, the National Vice President- Emenike Nwokeoji sounded it loud and clear that ANLCA expects nothing short of a smooth election of the officers of the BOT. Importantly, ANLCA’s interest must be taken to heart.
Thereafter, NECOM members excused the BOT members to have their private meeting with a view to electing and presenting their officers.
A mini NECOM meeting was held in the National President’s office, wherein national officers were told by the National President to get ready their handover notes, since the tenure of the current NECOM was fast coming to end, when accounts of stewardship, and formal handover notes will be required, away from the past norm.
Prince Ozo Chukwurah- Zonal Coordinator, West, raised issues about the BOT elections in Warri. He decried ASECO’s printing of voters particulars on the ballot papers, saying that mischief makers could use same to undo perceived enemies. Allaying his fears, the National President said that he took custody of the voting materials, after the elections, in order to forestall any mischief. He emphasized that because of the noticed secret ballot anomaly, he could not immediately accede to destroying the ballot papers, because of possible litigations that may arise from the conduct of the election, promising that in due course, the ballot papers will be destroyed to continue to maintain a common sense of unity in ANLCA.
The National President appointed Chief Sunday Odedeyi as his Senior Special assistant on special duties. Chief Odedeyi was an immediate past member of the BOT. In a similar vein, the National President said that those who lost must be accommodated in positions that they would appreciate in ANLCA.
The Vice President suggested that ANLCA must find a way to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan, with a view of crowning him as the grand patron of ANLCA, as provided for, in the constitution of ANLCA.
The National President said that coincidentally, officials from the Aso Villa will be in Lagos in the coming week, to enable him discuss the possibility with them.
After almost ninety minutes of the BOT deliberations, word was sent out on their readiness to meet with NECOM and all the Western Zone based Chapters Chairmen and Secretaries.
An acting coordinator of the BOT, in the person of Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha, spoke on behalf of all members of the BOT. He said that the issue of electing their principal officers was differed till their next meeting, which is expected to discuss ideas brought up by each BOT member, on ways and means of furthering the cause of ANLCA. He revealed that the decision was unanimously agreed upon by all members. Furthermore, he revealed that the Chairmanship, Vice Chairmanship and Secretary positions will be rotated amongst members every two years. All members are expected to be time conscious, as time management at all meetings will be the focus of the new BOT. The new board will be an engine room for policy formulation, and advisory in approach to their duties.
They, Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha concluded, will be ready to confront operational and welfare challenges of members, and proffer soothing solutions. The BOT decided also that records of the immediate past BOT’s six years tenure, be made available at the next meeting, which is slated for the 5th of March 2014.
In drawing the meeting to a close, the National President requested the BOT to come up with implementable policies that will further enhance the steady rise of the profile of ANLCA. Prince Shittu concluded that the new BOT deserved the support and the prayers of all members of ANLCA, in order for them to succeed.
The following is excerpted from 20 February 2014 news item from the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.
The US’ controversial country-of-origin labelling (COOL) requirements for livestock and meat imports were once again under scrutiny at the WTO this week, as hearings began to determine whether recent changes to the policy have brought it in line with international trade rules.
The dispute dates back to 2008, when Canada and Mexico first challenged the measure as being discriminatory against their own livestock industries (DS384, 386). Nearly four years later, the WTO Appellate Body - which serves as the organisation’s highest court - determined that the US’ COOL policy was indeed inconsistent with international trade rules, confirming an earlier panel ruling on the matter.
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