FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS) ABOUT IJSG

 

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Who can be the Members of IJSG?
   

 

Membership of the Group is open to all States (Countries) and the European Union which are interested in the production or consumption of or international trade in “jute” or “jute products” and with the agreement of the Council to any intergovernmental organisation having responsibilities in respect of the negotiation, conclusion and application of international agreements.

 

 
  Why should a country be Member of IJSG?
 

 

        Cross fertilisation of ideas among producers/exporters and consumers/importers of jute and jute products.

 

         Advantages of knowing and understanding the requirement of market of the other members.

 

        Lending support to the poverty alleviation programmes in the least developed countries.

 

        Access to the technologies developed by IJSG through its executing agencies.

 

         Opportunity to participate in projects to be initiated by the IJSG depending on the availability of funds and commitments.

 

         Contribute to the growth of jute as a natural fibre in the global economy to be accelerated by Doha Development Agenda and the Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development.

 

         Establish/maintain contacts with the interested government countries, non-government institutions, private sector organisations and all other jute, kenaf and allied fibres related agencies. 

 

 
  Who are the Members of the IJSG?  
     

Bangladesh and India are producing country members while Switzerland and European Union with its 27 Member States i.e. Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Greece, Ireland, Austria, Finland, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania are consuming country members.

 

 
  Who are the Observers of the IJSG?  
   

Observers from different potential member countries attend the IJSG Council Sessions, they are: Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Thailand, Vietnam and FAO.

 
  Who are the Associate Members of IJSG?  
   

  

Associate Membership of the Group is open to those organisations and entities who are not entitled to full membership. This includes all associations, companies and other entities concerned with the development of jute and jute products.Currently it has 177 members with representation from  Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Cote d’ Ivoire, Denmark, France, India, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland,   Syria, The Netherlands, United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom (UK) and Vietnam.

 

 
  What different role is being played by the IJSG from IJO?  
   

  

The IJSG is different from the erstwhile IJO in many ways. A few important differences are:

 

        It provides legal space within its framework for the private sector to participate in the discussions and projects of IJSG and contribute significantly to the activities concerned with the growth of jute economy.

 

         It focuses on issues like jute diversification, poverty alleviation, employment generation (particularly of women) and other socially relevant issues.

 

         IJSG works closely with Member Governments and their institutions and has the role of a catalyst with regard to projects.

 

        The IJSG Secretariat has a lean and efficient administrative structure to carryout the tasks set by the Council.

 

 
     
 

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