International Spice Group
Groupe international des épices
1983-05-24 Geneva Switzerland
24-26 May 1983, Geneva (Switzerland), at Consultative Meeting on Spices of C-XC0376 - Commonwealth Secretariat and E-XE2639 - International Trade Centre (ITC), following which an Arrangement to form the Group was adopted and membership, objectives and methods of working defined. This action followed recommendations, Oct 1979, London (UK), of International Symposium on the Export Development of Spices - funded by F-XF3936 - Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation (CFTC) - for the setting up of a forum to discuss problems and identify areas for joint action and for consultation with interested governments. Arrangement amended at 1st Meeting of the Group, 24-29 Nov 1986, Delhi (India). Three meetings of the Group have been held so far. The 3rd Meeting, Nov 1991, Kingston (Jamaica), adopted a Revised Arrangement for the Group, which will enter into force when 10 members, of whom at least 3 shall be from producing countries and 3 from consuming countries, have notified their acceptance to the Executive Director of ITC. Under the proposed Rules of Procedures, ITC will undertake the interim Secretariat services of the Group with support from the Commonwealth Secretariat. A Project and Development Committee is to be set up to help identify, formulate and implement projects on spices and spice products. Ceased to exist.
Assist spice producing developing countries to develop production, export marketing and consumption of spices and spice products; identify current and future problems and seek cooperative solutions for the mutual benefit of exporting and importing countries; promote mechanisms ensuring availability of market intelligence and commercial data relating to international trade in spices and spice products; encourage market development activities for existing and new spice products; take action to reduce or eliminate related trade barriers.
Group Session (at least once every 2 years) elects Chairman, 2 Vice-Chairmen and Rapporteur. Secretariat of host country assumes secretarial duties 6 months before Session.
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