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Seventeenth Session of the IJSG council Held at Dhaka on 3rd April, 2014

 

The seventeenth session of the Council of IJSG held at its secretariat in Dhaka on 3rd April, 2014. Mr. Phani Bhushan Chowdhury, Chairperson, Council of IJSG and Secretary, Ministry of Textiles and Jute, government of Bangladesh chaired the session. Ms. Lenka Vitkova, Head of Governance and Economic Cooperation, EU, represented the European Union. Three members were present from the Indian delegation led by Mr. Subrata Gupta, Jute Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, India, and a team of 14 members led by Major General Humayun Khaled, Chairman, Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC), represented the Bangladeshi delegation. Representatives from IJSG associate members were also present at the session as observer.

The Council is the highest authority of IJSG which discussed administrative and financial matters. A series of important issues regarding liquidation matters were discussed in the session.

The Secretary General of IJSG and his team of staff members presented the recent activities of IJSG to the Council regarding current status of different projects of IJSG, present status of IJSG website and number of associate members of IJSG. Two publications of IJSG titled “Compendium of Studies and SAPs” and “Compendium of Jute Matters”, a data bank of jute and different allied fibers and trade directory were also presented to the Council.

 

Swedish delegates visited IJSG on March 11, 2014

 

A three member’s team from Sweden visited the IJSG secretariat on March 11, 2014.  The visit was a part of their series of meetings with the players of the jute sector to know the existing status with a target to invest in this sector. The Secretary General of IJSG Mr Bhupendra Singh welcomed the guests and critically discussed the products that can be produced by jute and their future market. He also discussed about the bottle necks that are hindering the development of this sector, on answering the question of Josefin Lassbo, Innovation designer, Jute Borg. Mr Jonas Brandstrom, Honorary Counsul of Bangladesh suggested about the empowerment of rural woman through jute products.  The delegates bought some samples of specific composites, and they expressed their interest to invest in the jute sector specially producing bio-composites from jute. MS Chirstiana Ostergren, gives the example of current Swedish market of jute products; and pointed out that most of the Swedish do not know about jute and its eco-friendliness. The people of the Sweden are more conscious about the environment there is a very good scope for marketing biodegradable jute products, she added.  The delegates also visited the Display centre and Library and Resource centre of IJSG with keen interest.

Mr Mahbub Ullah, Executive Secretary, Dr Chandan Kumar Saha, Project and Operations Officer and Mr ATM Jahanagir Alam, Project Assistant, IJSG were also present in the meeting.

Special Meeting on the CFC Funded Project “Development and Application of Potentially Important Jute Geo-Textile (CFC/IJSG/21) held at Dhaka

 

A two days Coordination meeting on the CFC Funded Project “Development and Application of Potentially Important Jute Geo-Textiles” (CFC/IJSG/21) held at IJSG Secretariat Dhaka Bangladesh during February 6-7, 2014. The meetings were held in three sessions.

The First Session was held on February 06, 2014 at IJSG mini conference room. The meeting was initiated by Mr. Khandaker Mokhlesur Rahman, Executive Director, JDPC, In his introductory speech Mr Rahman Welcomed the participants and give a brief description of the present status of the Project (Bangladesh part). In this session, some important decisions were made about the financial matters for the proposed extension period of the project. Dr T Sanyal, Consultant, National Jute Board (NJB), India, Mr Khastagir, Project Manager, NJB, Dr Chandan Kumar Saha, Project and Operations Officer, IJSG, Mr Mia Imam Musa, Coordinator of the project (Bangladesh Part) A T M Jahangir Alam, Project Assistant, IJSG and senior official’s of JDPC were also present.

The Second session of the meeting was held at the IJSG conference hall regarding the progress of field trial sites and monitoring process specially on the format of monitoring data collection. At the initiation of the meeting, Dr Sanyal Briefly discussed the monitoring procedures and status of field trials in Bangladesh and Indian part. Representative from all the facilitating agencies such as Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology (BUET), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) Bangladesh River Research Institute were taken part in the discussion on monitoring methodologies and data collection procedure.  The Meeting also decided to organize an awareness workshop regarding JGT for the policy makers of Bangladesh before the upcoming national seminar that will be held in Dhaka on April 01, 2014.

The third session of the meeting was held at IJSG conference hall on February 7, 2014. The meeting was presided over by Professor Dr Hossain Ali, Chairman of the Standardization Committee (Bangladesh part). Dr Sanyal initiated the discussion and pointed out the decision of the 5th meeting of the standardization committee. Dr Chandan Kumar Saha, Project and Operations officer, IJSG suggested to reduce the gap among facilitating agencies and the standardization committee of Bangladesh.  

Professor Dr Mr Abdul Zabbar khan proposed to hold a day long discussion session by the facilitating agencies to give overview of the implementation status and monitoring process to the standardization committee. The meeting decided that the standardization committee will submit their comments on the draft approach paper and justification of the extension of the project by February, 2014. Along with the members of Standardization committee representative from IJSG, JDPC and BUET were also present in this session. The meeting was concluded with thanks from the executive Director of JDPC.

Successful Completion of Training on Design and Product Development of Jute Diversified Products at Guwahati, Assam, India

 

The International Jute Study Group (IJSG) in collaboration with National Jute Board (NJB), India, successfully completed the training programme on “Design and Product Development of Jute Diversified Products (JDP)” in Guwahati, Assam in support with National Centre for Design and Product Development (NCDPD) and Indian Jute Industries’ Research Association(IJIRA) held during January 2-8, 2014. The event was an outcome of the enthusiastic feedbacks of the previous training sessions successfully held at Dhaka, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad in 2011 to 2013. The training was conducted by lead trainers of NCDPD Ms. Amla Srivastava and Ms. Prajisha K. The aim of the training was to equip participants with skills and knowledge and/or upgrade the existing skill of entrepreneurs, manufacturers, artisans along with teaching them about the innovative design and product development, harmonizing the demands of international consumers, so as to promote exports of diversified items on jute from North-Eastern part of India.


Thirty Jute entrepreneurs, artisans, JDP manufacturers representing export, design and manufacturing firms/ units from Guwahati, Monipur and Tripura participated in this seven days training session.


The valediction ceremony was held on January 8, 2014, where the participants were awarded with certificates upon successful completion of their training program. Mr. N. Sengupta, Assistant Secretary and Chief Finance Officer, National Jute Board of India attended as the chief Guest. Among others, worth mentioning personnel were Dr. Prabir Ray, Director, Indian Jute Industries’ Research Association (IJIRA), Mr. Fahad Ibne Zaid, Research Assistant of International Jute Study Group (IJSG), Mr. Debi Prasad Gon, Scientist, IJIRA and Mr. Th. Basanta Singh, Officer in Charge, NERC, IJIRA.

Fourteenth Meeting of the Private Sector Consultative Board (PSCB) of IJSG held in Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province, China (18-20th November 2013)

 

The Fourteenth Meeting of the Private Sector Consultative Board (PSCB) was held in Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province, China from November 18 - 20th, 2013. The Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh and Executive Secretary Mr. Mahbub Ullah participated in the meeting. The event was participated among others by Mr. Humayun Khaled, Chirman of PSCB of IJSG and BJMC, H.E. Muhammad Azizul Haque, Ambassador of Bangladesh Embassy to Beijing, China, Mrs. Shameema Sultana, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Textiles and Jute and Associate Members of IJSG from Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and China along with other dignitaries. The event was followed by a buyer-sellers meet and factory visit. One of our Associate Members, M/s. Zhejiang Golden Eagle Co., Ltd., China was the local host for the meet.

The program was inaugurated on November 18, 2013 at International Meeting Hall of Golden Eagle Hotel. The Chairman of PSCB Mr. Humayun Khaled, Representative of government of Zhoushan Islands New Area Mr. Jiang Jianguo, H.E. Mr. Muhammad Azizul Haque the Ambassador of Bangladesh to China, Jute Commissioner of India Mr. Subrata Gupta, Representative of China Bast and Leaf Fibers Textile Association (CBLFTA) Mr. Yang Liming, Chairman of Zhejiang Golden Eagle Mr. Fu Guoding, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Textiles and Jute Mrs. Shameema Sultana, Chairman of Akij Group Mr. S.K. Nasir Uddin and the Secretary General of IJSG Mr. Bhupendra Singh made their speeches in the inauguration session. Representatives from different industries and business organizations in China were present in the inauguration session. The session was marked by the resolve to have increased trade between China and jute producing countries. Executive Secretary – IJSG Mr. Mahbub Ullah conducted the proceedings.

Following the inaugural session a Buyer-Seller Meet was organized in the same hotel in the afternoon where Associate Members got the opportunity to directly discuss with the buyers to generate business opportunities.   

The PSCB meeting was held on November 19, 2013. The meeting was open to all Associate Members of the IJSG was chaired by the Chairman PSCB Mr. Humayun Khaled.  

One of the important issues of discussion was to sharing of information and collaboration between R&D Institutions in jute sector. One of the participants Mr. Gilbert Watt of Golden Eagle Mackie (UK) Ltd. expressed the need for a commercial partner for cost sharing in working for new technology. Jute commissioner of India Mr. Subrata Gupta suggested to examine the possibility of such collaboration between IJIRA and Golden Eagle for development of jute machinery. PSCB members also discussed various jute related issues like tariff and non-tariff barriers, international trade, quality and price of raw jute etc. 

On November 20, 2013, the participants also visited Hangzhou Zhongxing Cotton & Jute Co. Ltd. Located at Hangzhou City. The Chairman of the factory Mr. Yu Jun welcomed the participants and expressed his sincere hope to extend his cooperation for promotion of trade and business of this sector.

Both PSCB and buyer-seller meets were highly successful.

 

IJSG Successfully Completed Training of Trainers (ToT) for Supervisors and Technologist of the Jute Industry

 

In view of the dearth manpower in the jute industry of various countries like, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, china, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam etc. the IJSG Secretariat had organized an international training of trainers (ToT) program for supervisors and technologists of jute industries at the IJSG Headquarter in Dhaka. The objective of the training was to develop skill of jute mill personnel for efficient running of the mill and to increase productivity and also to improve quality. The ToT program was divided on spinning and weaving modules of five days each. Both the modules were conducted by the faculty members (three for each module) of the Department of Jute and fiber Technology (DJFT), University of Calcutta, India which is one of the most reputed organizations in India and is staffed with highly professional teachers. 

The spinning module was started on 27 October and ended on 31 October, 2013 and of weaving module was on 03 and completed on 07 November, 2013. The number of participants was 43 and 35 in the spinning and weaving modules respectively. The inauguration session of the training was chaired by the Secretary General (SG) of IJSG Mr. Bhupendra Singh and Major General (Retd.) Humayun Khaled Chairman, Bangladesh Jute Mill Corporation (BJMC) was present as chief guest in the same. Dr. C. K. Saha, Project and Operations Officer, IJSG was also present in the opening session. Dr. Saha welcomed all in the opening session and briefed about background and objectives of the ToT program. The chief guest in his inaugural speech appreciated the efforts of IJSG for organizing such a productive international level training for the jute mill personnel of jute industries of Bangladesh. He hoped that IJSG will extend their hands in organizing such training to increase the efficiency level of jute industries in future. Mr. Singh thanked the resource persons from the University of Calcutta for conducting the training and to BJMC, BJMA, BJSA and BJRI for providing their staff/scientists in the training.  

In the valediction ceremony the Secretary, Ministry of Textile and jute, Govt. of Bangladesh Mr. Phani Bhoushon Choudhury was present as chief guest and awarded certificates to the participants. He emphasized and advised to the trainees to utilize the gathered knowledge in their respective mills and thanked IJSG and especially to Secretary General, IJSG for arranging such an interactive and fruitful training for the supervisors and technologists of the jute industries of Bangladesh. The SG, IJSG Mr. Bhupendra Singh chaired the session. Mr. Singh promised to organize such trainings in the coming jute year. Mr. Mahbub Ullah, Executive Secretary was also present in the valediction ceremony and gave vote of thanks and concluded the session.  

 

Coordination meeting on the Implementation Status (Bangladesh part) of the Jute Geo-Textile Project (CFC/IJSG/21) held at IJSG Conference Room

 

A coordination meeting of the CFC funded project (Bangladesh part) “Development and Application of Potentially Important Jute Geo-Textile” (CFC/IJSG/21) was held on September 30, 2013 at IJSG conference room, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Khandaker Mokhlesur Rahman, Executive Director, Jute Diversification Promotion Centre (JDPC).  The meeting was also attended by Md. Abdus Salam, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textile and Jute (MoTJ), GoB, Dr. Kamal Uddin, Director General, Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI) and Dr. Chandan Kumar Saha, Project and Operations officer, International Jute Study Group (IJSG) and Dr. Md. Hossain Ali, Professor, Dept. of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and Chairman of the standardization committee of the project.

The agenda of the meeting was (i) Experience sharing of National Seminar on jute geo-textile, India part of the project held on September 19, 2013 and 4th half-yearly meeting of the project held on August 27, 2013 in Kolkata (ii) Review of the field trial status, Bangladesh Part (iii) preparation of the organization of the National Seminar on jute geo-textile in Bangladesh, and (iv) Status of standardization of jute geo-textiles and preparation of approach paper for Bangladesh.

Professor Dr. Abdul Jabbar Khan, of BUET shared his experiences through comparing the implementation status of the project in Bangladesh and India and also briefed the status of the project, Bangladesh part. Among others, Dr. Kamal Uddin, DG, BJRI mentioned about the production and usages of treated geo-textiles in the project areas. Mr. Jati Das Kundu, Chief Engineer- design, Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) provided annual requirement of geo-textile by the BWDB, which is 200-250 thousand square meter. He also informed about satisfactory performance of jute geo-textile in the Pahtraz River in Boda upazila of Panchagahr district under this project. On behalf of IJSG Dr. Chandan Kumar Saha thanked the facilitating agencies for implementing the project in achieving the targets. He also mentioned to take necessary initiatives for organizing the upcoming national seminar successfully on jute geo-textile scheduled to be held in December 2013. He also urged to invite all the concerns (manufacturers to users) in the national seminar for the development and to create awareness regarding uses of jute geo-textiles in Bangladesh.

Among others, the meeting was attended by the representatives of BJRI, BWDB, BUET, Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED), Special Works Organization (SWO), Soil Resources Development Institute (SRDI), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC), Janata Jute Mills Ltd. (JJM), Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET) etc.

 

 

 

Workshop on “Revisit the Roadmap for Jute” at IJSG Secretariat, 145 Monipuripara, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

A workshop on Revisit the Roadmap for Jute was organized by the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) at IJSG Secretariat, 145 Monipuripara, Dhaka, Bangladesh on September 02, 2013

A Road Map for Jute was commissioned by the International Trade Centre, ITC (WTO/UNCTAD) on behalf of the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) with funding from the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) in the year 2006. After seven years, it was found that some of the strategies have been partially achieved, initiatives taken for few strategies and others are still quite relevant under present national and global perspectives. On the other hand, some of the new issues have to be addressed for the sustainable development of the jute sector. Under these circumstances; a revised and feasible development strategy for jute and allied fibres had become imperative in view of the scenario of global and national natural fibres market. Considering these issues IJSG has organized the said workshop on “Revisit the Roadmap for Jute”.

The technical paper of the workshop was presented by Mr Bhupendra Sing, Secretary General; IJSG.  In his presentation Mr Singh addressed on ten major issues for the sustainable development of jute sector such as the seed factor, price volatility, contact farming, minimum support price, diversification etc.   Renowned economist and chairman of the Jute Commission, Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh Dr Q.K. Ahmad was presented as the chief guest and conducted the technical session of the workshop. He said better technology should be adopted to increase productivity in the agriculture sector including jute. He emphasized on diversification of jute products to get fair share of the global market. Major General Humayun Khaled, Chairman, Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) was also present.

Along with others Ms. Bertha Gity Baroi, Director, Corr-The Jute Works, Mr. Kamran T Rahman, Managing Director, Pubali Jute Mills Ltd and former president of Bangladesh Jute Mills Association, Dr Jahangir Alam, Ex- Director General, Bangladesh Live Stock Research Institute, Dr. Md. Kamal Uddin, Director General, Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI), Mr. Aniruddha H Roy, Private Sector Advisor, Economic Growth Office, U.S. Agency for International Development, Dr.  Mubarak Ahmed Khan, Chief Scientific Officer Institute of Radiation and Polymer Technology, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission were also attended in the workshop.

 

 

4th Half-yearly Meeting of the Project "Development and Application of Potentially Important Jute Geo-textiles (CFC/IJSG/21)” Held in Kolkata

 

The 4th half-yearly meeting of the project titled "Development and Application of Potentially Important Jute Geo-textiles” was held in Kolkata, India on August 27, 2013. The Secretary, National Jute Board (NJB), Project and Operations Officer of IJSG as Supervisory Body, were present in the inauguration of the meeting. The meeting was represented by project partners- Jute Diversification Promotion Centre (JDPC), National Jute Board (NJB) and the facilitating agencies- Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and several industry stakeholders.

 The meeting was initiated by Mr. Arijit Banerjee, Secretary, National Jute Board (NJB), in his introductory comments he welcomed the participants and stressed on adherence to financial regulations of the funding agency in carrying out the project tasks. The Project and Operations Officer of IJSG, Dr. Chandan Kumar Saha, stated the importance and necessity of the standardization of JGT and effective involvement of constituted standardization committees of Bangladesh and India in the monitoring process of field application of JGT to strengthen the standardization process. He also emphasized the effective and best documentation of the standardization of JGT through this project. Taking the notes of the updated status, he requested the partners to complete all the field trials without any further delay to monitor the performance of applied JGT in all three areas within the project period.

The project partners and the facilitating agencies NJB, JDPC, BUET,  PwC , IJIRA, IJT and BESUS presented the updated status of the on-going components of the project in the meeting. So far, out of 36 sites 28 field trials have been completed and 8 still is in progress. PwC was asked to recommend specifically the measures through primary research to reach the global demand of geotextiles. The 4th  half-yearly meeting was completed with the two field visits, one at Nadia, Shantipur, Murshidabad and the other site visit was at Ooty, India.

 

Korean Delegates Visited IJSG Secretariat

 

A two members team from South Korea visited the IJSG secretariat on August 18, 2013. Kim Young Soo, Chief Executive Officer of KUMHA CO., LTD. discussed about the jute retting process of Bangladesh. He added the observation of Toyota and Hyundai Automobile that a pungent smell derived from the composite of jute Kenaf being used for manufacturing door panels, seat back, dashboard etc of a car. He requested IJSG to assess the matter if possible. Dr Park Byeoung Soo, Chief Executive Officer of Eco-friendly White Biotechnology wanted to know about the production of Jute Stick. He expressed that they are interested in manufacturing pellet to use as a source of energy in power plants. Mr. Mahbub Ullah, Executive Secretary, IJSG and Dr Chandan Kumar Saha, Project and Operations officer responded to the queries of the visitors. In addition to this, Mr. Soo expressed that they would like to setup a factory in Bangladesh to manufacture pellet. Along with others Mr ATM Jahanagir Alam, Project Assistant, IJSG, Mr Satya Ranjan Roy, Information Technology Assistant, IJSG, Mr Sufian Ahmed Osmani, Adviser, Mawda Traders and Mr Najmus Sakib, DGM, Mawda Traders were also present in the meeting.

Workshop on Sustainability and Social Compliances for the Jute Diversified Product (JDP) Manufacturers in Bangladesh (16 June 2013)

The International Jute Study Group Organized a Workshop on Sustainability and Social Compliances for the Jute Diversified Product (JDP) Manufacturers in Bangladesh on 16 June 2013 (Sunday) at IJSG Secretariat, Dhaka. Mrs. Shameema Sultana, Additional Secretary (Policy), Ministry of Textiles and Jute, Government of Bangladesh was present as the Honorable Chief Guest at the event. Major General Humayun Khaled, Chairman, Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) was present as the Special Guest at the workshop.  

 

The IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh delivered the opening speech of the event. He provided an inclusive idea of the workshop and necessity of sustainability and social compliance in modern days. Mrs. Shameema Sultana in her speech mentioned how the global need for sustainability and social compliance is getting greater attention all over the world. She mentioned that it is the high time to adopt necessary measures for jute sector. Major General Humayun Khaled in his speech provided examples of BJMC factories, especially how different compliances are being applied and adopted. He mentioned for a sustainable future it is crucial to take immediate necessary measures for adopting sustainability in jute sector.

 

The participants of the workshop were representing the SMEs from JDP manufacturing unit and were associate members of IJSG. Mr. Rajib Jones Mitra, Secretary-IJSG presented a comprehensive presentation on Sustainability and Social Compliance.

Ms. Ismat Jahan, Project Coordinator, Switch Asia Project, Traidcraft presented her lecture on Sustainability and Environmental Compliance for JDP Manufacturers. Mr. Milton Suranjit Ratna, Manager, Development & Information, CORR - The Jute Works presented on Social Compliance and Fair trade. Mr. Mark Prose, Managing Director, Control Union Bangladesh, CU Certifications Ltd presented his lecture on Standardization and Certification.  

 

The workshop was concluded after a question and answer session followed by the closing remark of the Secretary General. A vote of thanks was delivered by Mr. Mahabub Ullah, Executive Secretary-IJSG.

The IJSG Celebrates World Environment Day, 2013

 

The International Jute Study Group (IJSG) celebrated the World Environment Day (WED) 2013 and   organised a special programme with the theme of “Go Green with Jute” on 05 June 2013, Wednesday at the premises of IJSG Secretariat, 145 Monipuripara, Tejgaon, Dhaka - 1215.

To mark the day, the IJSG organized a day long programme on painting and debate competitions for different age groups and tree plantation and distribution. About 100 participants of 35 schools and universities from all over the country participated in the competition.

H.E. Mr. Pankaj Saran, the High Commissioner, High Commission of India to Dhaka addressed as the Chief Guest. Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General, International Jute Study Group, Chaired the event. Dignitaries and stakeholders, principal’s representatives of schools, parents and participants were present at the event.

 

 Dr. Abdun Noor Tushar, President, Bangladesh Debate Federation, the renowned debaters of Bangladesh Ms. Tasmia Chowdhury and Tasin Uddin Ahmed as well as Abdullah Mohammad Shukrana, Vice President, Bangladesh Debate Federation was present at the event as adjudicator for the debate competition.

 

Renowned painter Professor Md. Enamul Huq, Dept. of Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka and Mr. Atiqul Islam, Teacher, Dept. of Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka judged the painting competition on behalf of IJSG.

 

The celebration started at 10:00 am in the morning with the debate competition. Later on from 2:00pm the painting and final round debate competition started. Award distribution ceremony was held at 4:00 pm. All participants were provided a certificate and a sapling to encourage tree plantation for the sake of our environment and our earth. The day long programme finished with the tree plantation by the honorable chief guest.

Training Programme on Design and Product Development of Jute Diversified Products organized for the First Time in Hyderabad, India.

Considering the continuous successes of training programmes at Dhaka and Kolkata in March and May 2013, similar training programme on design and product development of jute diversified products has been organized for the first time in Hydrabad India from June 03-09, 2013. The exclusive training is being organized by the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) in joint collaboration with National Jute Board (NJB), and National Centre for Design & Product Development (NCDPD), India. The seven days training will be held at the Institution of Engineers (India), in Khairatabad, Hyderabad.  The objective of this training is to upgrade the existing skill of entrepreneurs, manufacturers and designers and also to teach them about the innovative design and product development harmonizing the demands of International consumers so as to promote export of diversified items.   

 

Shri Ishwar Singh Rautela, Incharge R.O, Chief Manager (Commercial), National Handloom Development Corporation Ltd., Hyderabad, presided over the inauguration ceremony. Dr. P L Panda, FIE, Acting Secretary of the Institution of Engineers (India), was present as a guest of honor in the occasion. Dr. Panda and Mr. Singh in their speech appreciated the efforts of IJSG and NJB, for organizing such productive international level training for the jute entrepreneurs in Hyderabad. Mr B. Narsimulu, Market Promotion Officer of NJB, Hyderabad, in his opening speech, thanked IJSG Secretariat for taking up such initiative and hoped for more joint activities in future between NJB and IJSG. He provided the necessary instructions to the trainees as well. 

 

Mr A.K. Ghosh, Consultant of NJB, Kolkata and Ms Safinoor Sagorika from IJSG, Dhaka were also present in the inauguration ceremony. Mr. Ghosh thanked the participants, organizers and the facilitators for organizing such effective training programme for Indian SMEs of jute diversified products. He advised the trainees to make innovative jute products which have actual export value. Ms. Sagorika in her speech shared the background of IJSG and its activities and previous experiences of the training programmes. She encouraged the trainees, specially the women participants to utilize the training learning’s and apply in to their real work. She expected to organize IJSG and NJB activities more in Hyderabad in future. She also thanked to NCDPD for providing internationally reputed trainers, who conducted last four trainings and also will conduct this training in Hyderabad. There are about 36 participants, representing entrepreneurs, exporters, designers, manufacturing firms/ units etc. are participating in the training. The technical session of training was started after the inauguration followed by the video show of IJSG.   

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Completion of Training on Design and Product Development of Jute Diversified Products at Hyderabad, India

The International Jute Study Group (IJSG) in collaboration with National Jute Board (NJB), India successfully completed the training on “Design and Product Development of Jute Diversified Products (JDP)” in Hyderabad in support with NCDPD held during June 3-9, 2013. The event was an outcome of the enthusiastic feedbacks of the previous training sessions successfully held at Dhaka, Channai during year 2012and Dhaka and Kolkata this year.  The training was conducted by lead trainers of NCDPD Mr. Mohit Notta, Ms. Ranjana and Mr. Rudy Jr. Romero Rivera.  The aim of the training was to upgrade the existing skill of entrepreneurs, manufacturers, artisans and also to teach them about the innovative design and product development, harmonizing the demands of international consumers, so as to promote exports of diversified items.

The valedictory ceremony was held on June 9, 2013, where the participants were awarded by certificates. Mr. M. Sadhu Sundar, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the Andhra Pradesh Trade Promotion Cooperation Limited (APTPC) attended as the chief Guest. Among others Mr. G. Sudhakar, Chairman, Institute of Engineers India (IEI-Hyderabad), Mr. Mohit Notta of NCDPD, Mr. B Narsimulu, Market Promotion Officer, NJB (Hyderabad), Mr. Khaled Golam Mortuza of International Jute Study Group (IJSG) was also present in the session.   

Nearly 32 Jute entrepreneurs, representing export, design and manufacturing firms/ units from Andhra Pradesh participated in this seven days session.

 

 

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Interactive Meet with JDP Manufacturers in India

The Interactive meet with JDP Manufacturers on Current Challenges, Opportunities and International Requirement for Sustainability & Social Compliance was held on 30 May 2013 at Hotel Grand Oberoi, Kolkata, India. The program was organized by the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) in association with National Jute Board (NJB), India.

 

Mr. Arijit Banerjee, Secretary, National Jute Board (NJB), India and Mr. Subrata Gupta, Jute Commissioner, Ms. Arti Knawer, Deputy Jute Commissioner, Kolkata, India and Secretary General, IJSG, Mr. Bhupendra Singh were present in the dais. The representatives from Jute industries, diversified product manufacturing units were present in the meeting.

 

Mr. Rajib Jones Mitra, Secretary, IJSG provided a brief introduction of the event on the importance of Social and Environmental Compliance in jute sector. The Secretary General, IJSG, Mr. Singh provided a brief speech on the needs of various compliances in JDP Sector.

 

The key note of the meeting was addressed by Dr. Subrata Gupta, IAS, Jute Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India. The Tenchical Session on “Preparedness of the Jute sector on sustainability and Social Compliance” was conducted by Mr. D.C Baheti, Gloster Limited, representing the Organized Sector and Mr. Sushil Khaitan, Ashoka Exports, representing on Decentralized & MSME Sector. Session on Social Compliance, Certification Process with special reference to customers’ requirements – Mr. Arup Jana, National Sales Manager-Certification, Systems & Services Certification, SGS India Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata. The session was followed by a Q&A Session.

Mr. Arijit Banerjee, Secretary, National Jute Board (NJB), summarized the contents of the discussion and emphasized on the necessary actions to be undertaken by the governments and private sectors. Mr. P. K. Sahu, Chief Market Promotion Officer, NJB, gave the Vote of Thanks to the participants and concluded the session.

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Successful completion of Training on Design and Product Development of Jute Diversified Products at Kolkata, India

The International Jute Study Group (IJSG) in collaboration with National Jute Board (NJB), India successfully completed the training on “Design and Product Development of Jute Diversified Products (JDP)” in Kolkata from May 20-26. The event was a result of enthusiastic feedback from the participants of the 2011 and 2013’s training held in Dhaka. The objectives of the training was to provide specialized practical and visual training techniques and innovative design and product development harmonizing the demands of international consumers so as to promote exports of jute diversified items. The training has been conducted by three trainers from NCDPD, Mr. Mohit Notta, Ms. Ranjana and Mr. Rudy Jr. Romero Rivera. The seven days training were comprised of--

 

Theoretical / Technical Session:

•       Design Methodology

•       Trends & Forecasts 2013-2014

 Practical Sessions

•          Heimtextil  Video

•          Maison & Object 2013

•          Evaluation / Conclusion

 

Ms. Arti Knawer, Deputy Jute Commissioner, Kolkata, India presided over the closing ceremony on May 26, 2013 and distributed the training certificates to all the participants.  Dr. D. Nag, Director of NIRJAFT, Md. Salah Uddin Dipu, Finance Assistant, IJSG, Ms. Shermin Ferdoushy, Staff Assistant, IJSG and Mr. A. K. Ghosh, Consultant of NJB, was also present. Nearly 31 Jute entrepreneurs, representing Export, design and manufacturing firms/ units from Kolkata, Gujrat, Burdwan, Purba Midnapur and Nadia participated in this seven days exclusive training on “Design and Product Development of Jute Diversified Products”. Ms. Arti Knawer thanked the IJSG, participants, the trainees and Dr. D Nag for organizing and facilitating such effective training program for Indian SMEs of jute diversified products.  

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Training Programme on Design and Product Development on Jute Diversified Products Inaugurated in Kolkata, India

Considering the success of training programme in Bangladesh in March 2013, similar training programme on design and product development of jute diversified products was inaugurated in Kolkata, India on May 20, 2013. The exclusive training is being organized by International Jute Study Group (IJSG) in joint collaboration with National Jute Board (NJB), National Centre for Design & Product Development (NCDPD) and National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibres Technology (NIRJAFT), Kolkata, India. The objective of the training is to upgrade the existing skill of entrepreneurs, manufacturers and designers and also to teach them about the innovative design and product development harmonizing the demands of International consumers so as to promote export of diversified items.  

Mr Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General of IJSG presided over the inauguration ceremony. Dr. Chandan Kumar Saha, Projects and Operations Officer of IJSG was also present in the occasion. Dr. D. Nag, Director of NIRJAFT appreciated the efforts of IJSG/ NJB in providing such productive international level training for the Jute entrepreneurs in his speech. Dr. Saha in his welcome speech shared the background and previous experiences of the training programmes. Mr. Subrata Gupta, Jute Commissioner of Govt. of India clarified the present market situation and constrains of JDP products marketing in India. There are about 31 Jute entrepreneurs, representing Export, design, manufacturing firms/ units etc. are participating in the training.

 

The Chief Guest, Mr. Singh, explained how jute bag can be the prominent alternative of harmful polythene shopping bag. He also promised that IJSG will continue organizing similar training programmes in the coming jute year 2013-14. 

Mr. A. K. Ghosh, Consultant of NJB, thanked the participants, organizers and the facilitators for organizing such effective training programme for Indian SMEs of jute diversified products. The programme concluded with the introduction of the trainees.   

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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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Fourteenth Meeting of the Committee on Projects (COP) of the International Jute Study Group held

Fourteenth meeting of the Committee on Projects (COP) of the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) was held at its Headquarters in Dhaka on May 15, 2013. Chairperson of the COP - Ms. Shameema Sultana, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Textiles and Jute, Government of Bangladesh chaired the meeting.

 

Ms. Shameema Sultana in her speech mentioned the importance of jute in the livelihood of the people of Asian and African countries. She also noted the status of on-going, pipeline and new projects of IJSG and also requested the delegates of Member countries for contributing in the Special Account of IJSG which is the main funding source of pre-project, awareness, promotional and different other developmental activities.

 

The Secretary General of IJSG, Mr. Bhupendra Singh in his brief statement explained about potentiality of jute bags in replace to the polythene bags, though large volume of market share is now tapped by the unsustainable bio plastic. Mr. Singh also remarked about the new funding guidelines of CFC, and future action for projects under this new scheme.  

 

In the opening discussion, Mr. Subrata Gupta, Jute commissioner, Govt. of India, Mr Arijit Banerjee, Secretary, National Jute Board and Major General Humayun Khaled, Chairman of BJMC briefly discussed about the market scenario of jute and jute products in India and Bangladesh.

 

The Committee elected the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Textiles & Jute, Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh as Chairperson of CoP, and Jute Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India as Vice-Chairperson for the jute year 2013 -2014.

 

Delegates from Bangladesh, European Community, India, Tanzaniarepresentatives from Associate Members; and International development partners of IJSG namely CPD, UNIDO and SAC attended the meeting.

The meeting reviewed the status of the on-going projects, updates of the pipeline and new projects. The meeting also had an intensive discussion of CFC new funding windows for future projects.

  

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Annual Review Meeting for PY-3 of the IJSG project Potential Application of Jute Geo-Textile at IJSG Conference Hall on April 4, 2013

Annual review meeting of the project “Potentially application of Jute Geo-Textile” Was held at the IJSG conference hall on April 04, 213.  Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General, IJSG was chaired the session. Mr. T. Sanyal, Chief Consultant, NJB, Mr. A.K. Khastagir, Project manager, NJB and representatives from all the facilitating agencies were also present in the meeting.

Initiating the discussion, Secretary General, IJSG mentioned that the purpose of the meeting is to identify the areas where the project activities are lagging and initiate action to complete the activities in time. At his request, Mr. T. Sanyal, Chief Consultant, NJB (PEA) presented an overview of the component-wise activities of the project for PY-3 as well as for Qtr. 1 of PY-4.  Mr. A. K. Khastagir, Project Manager, NJB (PEA) presented the work plan for PY-4.  Engr. Md. Habibur Rahman of JDPC thereafter presented the progress of Bangladesh part of the project in brief.  This was followed by presentation of Prof. Abdul Jabbar Khan of BUET along with the findings and the process of monitoring of performance of JGT.   

Director, BJRI mentioned the need for procurement of new instruments for laboratory upgradation. Regarding treatment of JGT with some additive other than bitumen for enhancing its durability for river bank protection work, he mentioned about the inadequacy of the machinery required for treatment and man-power to carry out this job. LGED-representative mentioned about convincing the government for regular use of JGT in road construction.  BWDB-representative stated about procedural in carrying out JGT-based bank-protective works.  At last, Mr. T. Sanyal summed up the discussions.  He drew special attention of BUET on customization of GEOSLOPE software for JGT-use in roadsand of the laboratory set-up for conducting ‘dissimilar’ tests for JGT. 

In his concluding remarks Secretary General, IJSG stated that this project being vital for Bangladesh, it would be in the national interest that all Facilitating Agencies should step up their efforts to meet the time targets and fulfill the technical targets.  He advised JDPC to take stock of the situation every month. The meeting was concluded with the vote of thanks from the Executive Director of JDPC.  

 

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Presentation on the Implementation Status (Bangladesh part) of the Jute Geo Textile Project (CFC/IJSG/21) held at IJSG conference Room

A presentation of the CFC funded project (Bangladesh part) titled “Development and Application of Potentially Important Jute Geo-Textile” (CFC/IJSG/21) was held on March 26, 2103 at IJSG secretariat, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The program was chaired by Mr. Khandaker Mokhlesur Rahman, Executive Director, Jute Diversification Promotion Centre (JDPC). Mr. Guy Sneyers, Chief Operations Officer of CFC was present as representative of CFC and the presentation was specially arranged to update CFC about the Bangladesh part of the project. The presentation regarding implementation status of the project was given by Professor Dr. Abdul Jabbar Khan, Department of Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) Dhaka.  BUET is also acting as an important facilitating agency of the project. JDPC, the nodal agency of Bangladesh part of the project organized the program.

Dr. Khan nicely highlighted the overall activities conducting by different facilitating agencies (BUET, BJRI, BJMC, R & D, LGED, Water Development Board and a private jute mill JJM) of Bangladesh part of the project from field applications, laboratory simulation, testing, monitoring and standardization of jute geo-textiles. He also pointed out the composition and activities of Standardization Committee of Bangladesh along with expenditure status of the project. Dr. Khan also noted that in the next 20 years around 80,000 km of rural road will need to be constructed in Bangladesh and for this 150,000 ton JGT will be required. There was a cordial and fruitful discussion session after presentation.

Mr. Sneyeres was impressed with the current status of implementation of the project.  Other officials present in the meeting were Dr. Chandan Kumar Saha, Project and Operations Officer and ATM Jahangir Alam, Project Assistant, IJSG, the supervisory body of project. Moreover, Ms. Seema Bose Adhora, Marketing Director, Mian Imam Musa, Project Coordinator of JGT project, Md. Mainul Huque, Director and other staffs of JDPC were also present in the meeting. 

 

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Twentieth Meeting between the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) and International Commodity Bodies (ICB) held at IJSG in Dhaka, Bangladesh

The twentieth meeting of CFC-ICB held on 25 March, 2013 at IJSG in Dhaka. The day long meeting began with the welcoming remarks of Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General of the host ICB International Jute Study Group (IJSG) followed by the statement of Mr. Parvindar Singh, Managing Director, Common Fund for Commodities (CFC). The meeting was also attended by Mr. Don Smale, Secretary General, International Copper, Lead, Zinc and Nickel Study group, Mr Guy Sneyers, Chief Operations Officer, CFC, Mr. Terry P. Townsend, Executive Director, International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), Mr. Boubaker Ben Belhassen, Trade and markets Division (EST), FAO and Dr. Jacoba Hoogendoorn Director General, the international Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR). The provisional agenda of the meeting were:

1.                   Discussions and consultation on the future role and mandate of the CFC and the future role of CFC and the implications for ICBs.

 

2.                   Introduction to the new windows for CFC project related financing.

i.              Loans or other credit related instruments

ii.             Grants(both reimbursable and others)

iii.            Partnership or impact funds

 

3.                   co-operation between CFC, the private sector and the ICBs in the new framework

 

4.                   Follow up to the agenda of the Land Locked Developing Countries (LLDCs)

 

5.                   Date and place of the twenty first (2014) meeting between CFC and ICBs

This was a remarkable meeting as this was the first meeting after approval of the new operational guidelines of the CFC for the period 2013 to 2015 and was also the first ever held in a Least Developed Countries (LDC). Of the agenda discussed the most crucial was about the future role of CFC and the cooperation between CFC, the private sector and ICBs. Mr. Parvindar Singh described the change in role and mandate of the CFC has been necessitated by the current challenges CFC faces in the changed context since its establishment. All the participants actively took part in the agenda wise discussions. After a fruitful discussion the meeting was ended at 4.30 pm with thanks form the Secretary General of IJSG for selecting IJSG as venue for such an august CFC-ICB meeting. The delegates appreciated the IJSG Display Centre which showcasing about numbers of world traditional and diversified products of jute.       

Twentieth CFC-ICB meeting at IJSG conference room in Dhaka on 25 March, 2013

 Delegates of the 20th CFC-ICBs meeting held at IJSG Secretariat in Dhaka (Left to right: Mr Guy Sneyers, Chief Operation Officer, CFC, Mr. Don Smale, Secretary General, International Copper, Lead-Zinc and Nickel Study Group, Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General, IJSG, Dr. Jacoba Hoogendoorn, Director General, The Internationa Network for Bamboo & Rattan (INBAR), Mr. Parvindar Singh, Managing Director, CFC and Mr. Boubaker Ben Belhassen, FAO.Delegates of the 20th CFC-ICB meeting visiting the Display Centre of IJSG

 

 

Delegates of the 20th CFC-ICB meeting visiting the Display Centre of IJSG

 

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IJSG Successfully Completed the Training on “Design and Product Development of Jute Diversified Products (JDP)”

The International Jute Study Group (IJSG) successfully completed the second phase of the training on “Design and Product Development of Jute Diversified Products (JDP)” in Dhaka from March 4- 11, 2013 which was the outcome of the enthusiastic feedbacks from the participants of the 2011’s training.

The objectives of the training was to provide specialized practical and visual training techniques and innovative design and product development harmonizing the demands of international consumers so as to promote exports of jute diversified items. The training has been conducted by three trainers from NCDPD, Mr. Rakesh Kumar Srivastava, Ms Amla Srivastava and Mr. Rudy Jr. Romero Rivera Mr. Shamim Ahmed, SME Trainer from Bangladesh was also attended the whole session. The seven days training were comprised of 17 theoretical sessions, 18 Videos on design, texture, colors, etc, 12 full patterns (bag), 190 bag images, 248 cushion images, 100 design by NCDPD and 10 practical sessions. The theoretical session have covered Trends presentation in Autumn/Winter 2013; Design & techniques (weaves, cuts, and silhouette); Pattern-making and the practical session include the topics of  Table linens, table top accessories; Festive decors/ gifts; Fashion accessories, business and marketing and also social and environmental compliances.

 Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General, IJSG presided over the Valedictory Ceremony on March 11, 2013 and Mr. Singh and Mr. Srivastava distributed the Training Certificates to the successful participants.  About 30 entrepreneurs, representing Export, design and manufacturing firms/ units, as well as from the government organizations from Dhaka and Chittagong participated in the 7 Day “Design and Product Development training on jute diversified products”. In his speech Mr Singh praised the trainer about their performance and also described the activities of IJSG to promote jute in the world market, he also thanked the NCDPD to extending their supports for the training. Mr. Srivastava thanked IJSG for this kind of initiation and he also thanked the trainees and assured continuous co-operation of the NCDPD to meet any query. The Trainers also made a brief presentation on the 7-days activity and outcomes of the training. They also expressed gratitude to the IJSG official for their hard work and all-round cooperation to complete the training successfully. 

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Training Programme on “Design and Product Development of Jute Diversified Products” has inaugurated

Considering the enthusiastic feedbacks from the participants of 2011 training, the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) has inaugurated the second phase of the training on “Design and Product Development of Jute Diversified Product (JDP)” for jute entrepreneurs, exporters, artisans, designers today on March 04, 2013 at the IJSG Secretariat, Dhaka, Bangladesh. This seven days exclusive training will be conducted by Ms. Amla Shrivastava and Mr. Rudy Jr. Romero Rivera, faculty members of the National Centre for Design and Product Development (NCDPD), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, and Md. Shamim Ahmed, SME Trainer, Bangladesh. The objectives of training is to upgrading the existing skill of entrepreneurs, manufacturers and also to teach them about the innovative design and product development harmonizing the demands of international consumers so as to promote exports of diversified items. The technical session will cover several topics like trends presentation in Autumn/Winter 2013; design & techniques (weaves, cuts, and silhouette); pattern-making and the practical session include the topics of Table linens, table top accessories; festive dÚcor/gifts and fashion accessories. Dr Chandan Kumar Saha, Projects & Operations officer, Saifur Rahman, Executive Officer and Suriya Ferdous, Senior Project Assistant of IJSG were present in the inaugural ceremony.    Dr Saha remarked the importance of this training in his welcome note and inaugurated the session. There are about30 trainees from mainly jute entrepreneurs, exporters, artisans designers, public institutions are participating in the training. The valediction ceremony of the training will be held at March 11, 2013.

 

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Discussion Session on “Future Strategy for Promotion of Jute, Kenaf and Allied Natural Fibres”

The IJSG Secretariat organized a discussion session with its industry associate members on 16 February 2013, at the Conference hall of IJSG Secretariat. The session was organized to discuss the present opportunities and challenges of jute industries and to prepare for future course of action for IJSG to overcome the challenges. The Secretary General-IJSG, Mr. Singh, Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC), Chairman, Major General Humayun Khaled, Bangladesh Jute Association (BJA) -Secretary, Mr. Abdul Quayyum and Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI)-Director (Agri.), Mr. Mohammad Hossain were present in the meeting. Representatives from Jute Spinners Limited, Jute and Kenaf Corporation, Altu Khan jute mills and Janata-Sadat jute mills were also present in the Session. The Secretary General-IJSG welcomed all the guests for their participation in the session and inaugurated the session. The PSCB Chairman, Major General Humayun Khaled presided over the session. The Secretary-IJSG Mr. Rajib Jones Mitra and the Executive Secretary made two presentations on PSCB and on current market situation of jute and allied natural fibres respectively.The participants discussed enthusiastically on the agenda points. The discussions were mainly focused on market situation of raw jute, price volatility, and strategy for expansion of local market of jute products, sharing of information generated including technologies developed by R&D institutions on jute and jute goods and related matters. It also focused on strategy for improvement of productivity, fiber quality and modernization challenges, prospects of jute and jute goods in the global market and the need for new marketing strategies including tariffs and non-tariff barriers on jute and jute products. Labor, working environment, social and environmental compliances and overall strategy for the jute sector development were also discussed in the session.

 

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Workshop on Policy Research Dissemination Held on January 19, 2013

The dissemination workshop on Policy Research for Jute Growers and Jute Crafts Products under the projects tilted ‘Golden Fibre – sustainable livelihoods for jute growers and producers’ and 'Jute: an eco-friendly alternative for a sustainable future' held on January 19, 2013 at IDB Bhaban Meeting Room. The policy research workshop was organized by Traidcraft Exchange (TX), is a British development charity focusing its work in three areas in Bangladesh—small scale agriculture, jute and small scale tea holdings in joint collaboration with Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU). The paper, presented by Prof. Dr. M Harun-Ar Rashid of BAU, was focused on the major policy constraints in all value chain actors of jute sector – farmer, Jute Diversified Products manufacturers and mills. The paper also came with some recommendations that are an integrated jute policy needs to be adopted, price volatility can be stabilized if a win-win situation establishes for all stakeholders of jute sector, commercialization of new, improved technology invented by BJRI etc.

There were about 60 participants from the govt. of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation , Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI), Dept. of Agricultural Extension, jute farmers associations & co-operatives and International Jute Study Group (IJSG). The highlighted issues of the workshop were supply of truthfully labeled seed, self-sufficiency in jute seed production, water availability for jute retting, capacity building of the farmers and workers, regular supply of raw materials for JDP production and smooth communication between industries and SMEs. Mr. Chandan Kumar Saha, Operations Officer and Ms. Suriya Ferdous, Senior Project Assistant to IJSG attended the workshop. Ms. Ferdous suggested TX to address the social and environmental compliances and international marketing strategy in this policy paper. Traidcraft Exchange will produce two position papers in key two issues based on the research findings and discussion of this dissemination workshop.     

 

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Myanmar Delegates visited IJSG Secretariat

A team of KYAW HTET KYAW CO. LTD. from Myanmar visited International Jute Study Group (IJSG) Secretariat on December 16, 2012. Five members team was headed by Mr. Kyaw Myint, Technical Manager of the KYAW HTET KYAW CO. LTD. He informed the official of IJSG that the raw jute consumption capacity of the company is around 16,000 Metric Tons whereas Myanmar produces only 3,800 Metric Tons (2011-2012). He also informed that Myanmar has two jute mills, one is carpet mill and a  jute based paper mill & another kenaf based paper mill. IJSG official made a presentation on global production and market status of Jute & also informed them about IJSG’s role in promotion of Jute and other allied fibers. After fruitful discussion the team has decided to join IJSG as  Associate Member and their  organization is the first member from Myanmar. IJSG officials welcome the Myanmar team as 184th Associate Member of IJSG and offered them to visit the display centre of the Group. The team then visited the display centre of IJSG and were pleased by observing various exhibits over there. 

 

 

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Russian Delegates visited IJSG Secretariat

An associate member of IJSG KONA-TEX from Russia visited International Jute Study Group (IJSG) Secretariat on December 13, 2012. The team comprised of four members headed by Mr. Nikolay Zavaliy, Director of the company. He informed the officials of IJSG that for them especially market price of raw jute offered by the local exporters is much lower than the price of Bangladesh Jute Association which creates problem for them specially by the Customs of Russia. They seek help to minimize this price difference and also seek information about production, quality and trend of market prices of raw jute in Bangladesh. IJSG official give a presentation on global production and market status of Jute and other allied fibers & also assured them to raise the issue to the competent authority. After fruitful discussion the team visited the display centre of IJSG.

 

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15th Session of the Council of the IJSG held at Dhaka

The Fifteenth Session of the Council of the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) held at its Secretariat in Dhaka on December 06, 2012. 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. Atri Bhattacharya, Secretary, National Jute board (NJB), India and Mrs. Arti Kanwar, Deputy Jute Commissioner,  National Jute board (NJB), India represented the Indian delegation.  Mr. Andrew BARNARD and Mr. Pierre BUYSSCHAERT represented the delegation of European Union. While a 12 member’s team led by Major General Humayun Khaled, Chairman, Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) represented the delegation of Bangladesh.  

The Council, the highest authority of the IJSG discussed establishment matters as well as administrative and financial matters of the Group. A series of important issues including membership of the Group, development of market for jute products, assessment of world jute situation and other related matters were discussed during the Session.  

Mr. Md. Ashraful Moqbul, Chairperson in his speech mentioned that the world is trying to go ‘green’ and natural fibres can do a lot to support these efforts. He also added, IJSG has been doing well in the direction of protection of the global environment. The Chairperson thanked the participants for being present in the 15th Council of IJSG and taking interest in the agenda. Moreover, he recited, ‘united we stand, divided we fall’. He also mentioned and hoped that IJSG as the able successor to IJO will continue to play a pivotal role for the improvement of natural fibres.

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 stated that jute and kenaf stand second in the world ranking of natural fibres next to cotton in terms of global production. He presented the recent figures and trend analysis of top jute producing and consuming countries. The Secretary General informed the Council about the recent studies on jute geo textiles, food grade jute bags and jute composites conducted by IJSG. He mentioned about IJSG’s new publication the ‘jute matters’ which will be circulated to the members and associate members regularly containing ‘up to date’ information and analysis about jute sector.  All Members of IJSG - Bangladesh, India, and European Union representing its 27 Member States attended the Session. Representatives of Associate Members from Bangladesh, China and United Kingdom were present during the meeting. Representatives of the embassy of Philippines and Russia were also attended the session as Observers.

 

Chairperson and Team Leaders

Bangladeshi Delegates 

 Participants and Observers

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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

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, Chairmen, 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 organisations 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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Project Biking for Idea (l)s Met the IJSG Secretariat

The students from Belgium, Guillaume Vanderwinden and Tanguy Roberti, started a world bike tour to meet the local entrepreneurs and discover the local sustainable idea (l)s in south-east Asia. They named their 4 months project ‘Project Biking for Idea (l)s (http://www.biking4ideals.be/en/) with the intention to biking 7200 km in different parts of south-east Asia. The project team visited the IJSG on November 6, 2012 for obtaining an idea about the sustainability options in the jute sector and the livelihood conditions of the entrepreneurs are making jute and jute products. Chandan Kumar Saha, Ph D, Operations Officer and Ms. Suriya Ferdous, Senior Project Assistant of IJSG attended the team and discussed about the eco-friendliness of the jute and jute products. The IJSG also shared them how the jute sector is supporting the millions of farmers and producers livelihoods and the sustainability options of jute as a better alternative of polythene.       

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IJSG Participated GNFF Symposium and Exhibition in Bangalore

The Asian Regional Symposium of Global Natural Fibres Forum (GNFF) held from 25 to 27 September 2012 at Bengaluru, India. Mr. Watipaso Mkandwire, Commonwealth Secretariat, UK was present in the inauguration of the symposium. Safinoor Sagorika, Library and Resource Centre Assistant from the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) has participated the symposium during the period. The Symposium expected to lay ground for the building of a GNFF (Asian) forum bringing together key stakeholders from different countries. It was expected that the symposium would build public private partnerships, broaden collaborations and build business linkages thereby increasing trade and commerce within and outside the region.

 

The symposium brought the representatives from the ministries, governments, manufacturers, R&Ds, retailers, traders, regional bodies, intergovernmental agencies, financial institutions, NGOs and others involved in the natural fibre sector together. The symposium also had representatives from some other countries viz Africa, Pacific, Europe and the Caribbean enabling participants to glimpse a global view of the natural fibre arena and explore collaborations.

 

An exhibition was arranged during the GNFF Symposium. Different participants from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand participated in the exhibition. The IJSG Secretariat also took part in the exhibition with different jute products and IJSG publications. Participants from different countries also visited some projects run by Industree Crafts Foundation on 28th September 2012.

 

Participants of Asian Regional Symposium of Global Natural Fibres Forum

 

   

       
 

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3rd Half-yearly Meeting of the Project "Development and Application of Potentially Important Jute Geo-textiles (CFC/IJSG/21)” Held in Kolkata

The 3rd half-yearly meeting of the project titled "Development and Application of Potentially Important Jute Geo-textiles” was held in Kolkata, India from August 23-25, 2012. The Secretary General of IJSG as Supervisory Body, the Secretary of NJB and the Deputy Jute Commissioner, Govt. of India was present in the inauguration of the meeting. The meeting was represented by project partners- Jute Diversification Promotion Centre (JDPC), National Jute Board (NJB) and the facilitating agencies- Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), CSWCRTI, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and several industry stakeholders.

Mr. Atri Bhattacharya, the Secretary of NJB, remarked about the testing and standardization of the jute geo-textile (JGT). He suggested the project partners focusing on the proper standardization of JGT. The Secretary General of IJSG, Mr. Bhupendra Singh, stated the importance and necessity of the standardization of JGT in the local and world markets. Mr. Singh also emphasized the effective and best documentation of the standardization of JGT through this project. Taking the notes of the updated status, He advised the partners to complete all the field trials within the March of 2013 without any further delay.

The project partners and the facilitating agencies NJB, JDPC, BUET, CSWCRTI, PwC presented the updated status of the on-going components of the project in the meeting. So far, 10 in India and 6 in Bangladesh field trials have been completed. PwC has start documenting the final paper of standardization of JGT. The 3rd half-yearly meeting was completed with the field visits in rural road project site at Berhampore, Murshidabad, inspection of proto-type rural road and visit to the test track at New Town, Rajarhat, Kolkata.

 

   

       
       

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Conference on Application and Commercialization of the Natural Fibres Composites in Automobiles and Infrastructure Sectors Held in New Delhi

The Secretariat of International Jute Study Group (IJSG) in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and co-finance with the National Jute Board (NJB) organized a conference on “Application and Commercialization of the Natural Fibres Composites in Automobiles and Infrastructure Sectors”. The conference is held on August 7, 2012 at the Banquet Hall of FICCI, Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi 110001, India. The Chief Guest, Ms. Kiran Dhingra, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, inaugurated the one-day conference. Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General of IJSG, Mr. Atri Bhattacharya, Secretary of NJB and Mr. Shishir Jaipuria, Chairperson (Textiles and Technical Textiles Committee) of FICCI and were also present in the inauguration.

The Chief Guest commented in her inaguaral speech that it is a well timed approach for harnessing the increasing trend of the natural fibres into the fields of biocomposite in automobile and infrastructure sectors for a sustainable industrial economy. Ms. Dhingra appreciated exclusive representations from different countries Bangladesh, Finland, Japan, Pakistan besides India. She also assured the necessary supports in the sector of biocomposites and technical textiles from the ministry of Textile, GoI.  The Secretary General of IJSG, Mr. Bhupendra Singh, highlighted the world wide increasing demand and the future scopes of jute composites in the infrastructure and automobile sectors in his speech. Mr. Jaipuria also mentioned that the jute fibre is very unique in the field of automobile sectors. He estimated that the biocomposite market will be increased by 25% in the next five years. He invited every related organizations to start collaborating on the issue and utilize the properties of jute and other allied natural fibres in the discussed areas. Mr. Atri Bhattacharya, Secretary of NJB delivered the vote of thanks in the end of the inaugural session.

There were three technical sessions and five presentations on applications and commercialization of NF biocomposites in automobile and construction sectors in the conference. The speakers were from Bangladesh, India, Finland and Japan. The presentations showed the remarkable history of the NF composoites in the infrastructure and automobile sectors, present scenarios of the bio-composite markets and the future scopes and commercialization of the bio-composites. The conference also identified the potentiality of the jute and other allied natural fibres in these sectors.

 

Ms. Kiran Dhingra, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, inaugurated the one-day conference

 

participants in the Conference

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A meeting with Control Union Certifications Ltd. held on August 2, 2012 at IJSG Secretariat

The managing Director of Control Union Certification Mr. Mark Prose visited the Secretariat of International Jute Study Group (IJSG) on August 2, 2012 to discuss about setting up a sustainability standard of natural fibers, particularly jute.  CU certifications Ltd. (www.controlunion.com) is a one stop shop for wide range of certification program and their certificates are accepted by authorities of nearly every country. Now they are working on around 80 countries.

IJSG Secretary General Bhupendra Singh appreciated the initiatives and also suggested to collaborate their approach with ISO standard. He also cherished that this certification may create a large market of jute and jute diversified products in the developed world. Mr. Singh expressed his willingness to work with Control Union to further the process of developing a certification system for jute industries on sustainability ground.

Mr. Prose appreciated constructive comments of the Secretary General and said that they are in the initial stage and these issued should be addressed. He also appreciated continuous support of IJSG for the development of natural fiber initiatives. Mr. Prose visited the display center of IJSG and was very enthusiastic to learn about the jute diversified products.

 

IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh (middle) met with the The managing Director of Control Union Certification Mr. Mark Prose (2nd from right)

 

Mr. Mark Prose visiting the IJSG Display Center

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IJSG representative participated in the 4th Annual Planning and Coordination Meeting of ‘Kenaf Germplasm’ Project

The Fourth Annual Planning and Coordination Meeting of the project ‘Increased Production Efficiency in Small-Holder Kenaf Production for Specific Industrial Application’ was held in Putrajaya, Malaysia from 27-29 June 2012. The meeting was organized by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with the support of The Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP). The donor organization of the project is the Common Fund for Commodity (CFC), which was represented by Mr. Sietse Van Der Warff, senior project manager and the project executing agency is UNIDO and was represented by Mr. Rene Van Berkel. The project partners- Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI), International Bast Fibre Centre (IBFC) and INTROP were also present in the meeting. Three industrial partners of the project were present in the meeting. Mr. Rajib Jones Mitra, Secretary-IJSG represented IJSG as the supervisory body of the project.

 

A field visit was organized on 27th June 2012 by INTROP at the University Putra Malaysia (UPM). Prof. Dr. Paridah Md Tahir, Prof. Dr. Desa and Associate Prof. Dr. Hazandu Abdul Hamid were present along with other INTOP representative. During the field trial the INTROP representative briefed the participants about the decorticator and the harvester followed by field demonstration of these prototypes machines. The prototypes machines were used to demonstrate the on the mature kenaf plants of different varieties for harvesting and decortications.

 

During the 4th PCM the project partners updated the participants about the progress made after the 3rd PCM and indentified the key challenging areas where it needs special attention. The project partners, BJRI, IBFC and INTROP made technical presentation on their part. The Fund, Supervisory Body and the Project Executing Agency made significant observations and took note of the ongoing activities. The industrial partners actively participated in the discussion since the industrial trial needs to be started to complete the project within the timeframe.

 

Considering the complex nature of the project an extension was given up to December 2013 to further achieve the objectives of the project. The project plan was revised accordingly to fit all remaining work within the stipulated timeframe. It is expected that, the project will be completed within December 2013 with an international seminar by disseminating the findings and outcomes of the project.

 

 
 

   

       
       
   

       
 

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A meeting with Toyota Tsusho Corporation held on June 07, 2012 at IJSG Secretariat

A team of Toyota Tsusho Corporation visited Secretariat of International Jute Study Group June 07, 2012 to discuss their upcoming project on Jute. Three members team of Japanese giant was headed by Mr. Daisuke Horide. The objective of the project is to use jute leaves in different food, beverage and medicine. 

IJSG Secretary General Bhupendra Singh appreciated the initiative saying that the project would benefit the farmers as they will get alternative markets for their produced. However, he was concerned about the requirements of the type of jute leaves. If tender leaves are required for the project it would be difficult for the farmer whereas mature jute leaves would ease the process.

Daisuke Horide appreciated constructive comments of Secretary General and told that they were in the stage of research and these issues would be addressed. He also appreciated continuous support of IJSG for the development of this project.

 

IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh (middle) met with the delegates of Toyota Tsusho Corporation headed by Mr. Daisuke Horide (2nd from right)

 

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IJSG celebrates World Environment Day 2012

The International Jute Study Group (IJSG) celebrated the World Environment Day (WED) 2012 and   organised a special programme with the theme of “Wipe your carbon footprints with jute” on 05 June 2012, Tuesday at the IJSG Secretariat, 145 Monipuripara, Tejgaon, Dhaka - 1215.

To mark the day, the IJSG organised a painting, quiz and debate competitions for different age groups. About 130 participants of 30 schools, colleges and universities from all over the country participated in the competition.

H.E. Mr. Mehmet Vakur Erkul, the Ambassador of Embassy of the Republic of Turkey addressed as the Chief Guest. Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General, International Jute Study Group, Chaired the event. Dignitaries and stakeholders, principal’s representatives of schools, parents and participants were present at the event.

Ms. Tasmiah Hasney, Dr. Abdun Noor Tushar, President, Bangladesh Debate Federation and Mr. Hossein Shahbaz, Director (Pilot Projects), CIRDAP were present at the event as adjudicator for the debate competition. The quiz competition was moderated by Bangladesh Debate Federation.

Renowned painting judges Mr. Md. Enamul Huq, Chairman, Dept. of Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka and Mr. Atiqur Islam, Teacher, Dept. of Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka judged the painting competition on behalf of IJSG.

The celebration started at 10:00 am in the morning with the debate competition. Later on from 12:30pm the painting and the quiz competition started. Award distribution ceremony was held at 3:30 pm. All participants were provided a certificate and a sapling to encourage tree plantation for the sake of our environment and our earth. The day long programme finished with the tree plantation by the honorable chief guest.

 

H.E. Mr. Mehmet Vakur Erkul, the Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Dhaka addressing as the Chief Guest

 
 

   

the Chief Guest Mr. Mehmet Vakur Erkul distributing certificates and crests to the participants

   

IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Chief Guest Mr. Mehmet Vakur Erkul and BDF Chairman Dr. Abdun Noor Tushar with some little participants

       
   

H.E. Mr. Mehmet Vakur Erkul, the Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Turkey visiting IJSG Display Center

   

Mr. Md. Enamul Huq, Chairman, Dept. of Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka observing the competition

       
   

Judges in the debate competition

   

Audience in the Award distribution ceremony

 

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IJSG Attended the Exhibition of 69th Session of the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP) at the FAO Headquarters, Rome

The 69th Session of Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP) of FAO is being held during May 28-30, 2012 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The IJSG Secretariat is also taking part in the exhibition of the 69th CCP is being organized in the Atrium of the FAO headquarter.  There are 10 showcases from different organizations in the exhibition. The representatives are from FAO, ICAC along with IJSG. There are about 250 participants from 30 countries were present in the inaugural session of the CCP meeting.

 

IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh in 69th Session of Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP)

 
 

participants in the 69th Session of Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP) of FAO
 
 

   

IJSG showcasing jute products, Publications, project reports etc. in the exhibition of the 69th CCP

   

IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh in a conversation with a visitor in the IJSG stall

       
   

IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh with visitors in the stall

   

Ms. Suriya Ferdous, Project Assistant, Ijsg with a visitor

 

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14th Session of the Council of the IJSG was held in Dhaka

A daylong Session of the 14th Council of the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) was held at its Secretariat in Dhaka on May 24, 2012. Ms. Kiran Dhingra, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India chaired the session. The representatives of IJSG member countries were present in the meeting. Ms Lenka Vitkova, represented the European Union delegation and Mr. Mr. Ashraful Moqbul, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Textiles and Jute, Government of Bangladesh attended the session with 14 delegates from Bangladesh Ministry of textiles and jute.

The Council, the highest authority of the IJSG discussed establishment matters as well as administrative and financial matters of the Group. A series of important issues including membership of the Group, development of market for jute products, assessment of world jute situation and other related matters were discussed during the session

Ms. Kiran Dhingra, the Chairperson delivered her speech and mentioned that in future the international collaboration should be stronger especially between Bangladesh and India for the future development of jute sector.

The Secretary General of the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) Mr. Bhupendra Singh made a statement focusing on the on-going activities and achievements, future strategy and other issues of IJSG. He also made a statement addressing the current world jute situation, related matters and elaborated the future growing areas of jute which would be Jute Shopping Bags, Food Grade Jute Bags, Jute Composites, Jute Geotextiles and Jute Pulp Paper.

All Members of IJSG - Bangladesh, India, Morocco, and European Union representing its 27 Member Countries attended the Session. Representatives of Philippines, Russia, Bhutan, Denmark and FAO, CIRDAP, UNIDO, SAARC Agricultural Centre (SAC), also attended the session as Observers.

Mr. Ashraful Moqbul, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Textiles and Jute, Government of Bangladesh was elected as the Chairperson of the Council for the jute year 2012-2013.

 

IJSG Council Chairperson Ms. Kiran Dhingra, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India delivering her speech in the Council Session. IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh and Head of Member countries delegation were present in the dais

 
 

   

Bangladesh delegation

   

European Union & Indian delegation and observers

       
   

Mr. Sujit Gulati, Joint Secreatary, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India presenting country paper

   

Council Chairperson and Head of EU Delegation visited the IJSG disply center. The Secretary General was also present.

 

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Thirteenth meeting of the Committee on Projects (COP) of the International Jute Study Group held in Dhaka

Thirteenth meeting of the Committee on Projects (COP) of the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) held at its Headquarters in Dhaka on May 14, 2012. Chairperson of the COP - Ms. Shameema Sultana, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Textiles and Jute, Government of Bangladesh chaired the meeting.

 

Ms. Shameema Sultana in her speech described the importance of the projects undertaken by IJSG in the context of the development of the jute sector. She specially mentioned about the successful completion of the “Trainings on Design & Fabric based Jute Bags in Bangladesh and India”.

 

Secretary General of IJSG, Mr. Bhupendra Singh in his brief statement mentioned about three strategic areas which have the most potential for the future growth of the sector. These are Shopping Bags, Food Grade Jute Bags and Geotextiles. He also said that IJSG will strengthen its work by adopting the strategy for the development of the sector in these three identified areas. He requested R&D organizations to come up with suitable proposals for projects/studies which would be useful for the industries.

 

The meeting reviewed the recently completed projects and activities; the progress of the on-going projects/activities and those in the pipeline.

 

The Committee highlighted the necessity for undertaking projects and activities, essential and beneficial to the relevant industries, and to promote and increase the market share of jute products worldwide, on priority basis, rather than purely on academic interest. 

 

The Committee re-elected the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Textiles & Jute, Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh as Chairman, and Jute Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India as Vice-Chairman of the COP for the jute year 2012 -2013.

 

Delegates from Bangladesh, European Community, India and Kingdom of Morocco, the IJSG Member and representatives of Associate Members and International development partners of IJSG viz UNIDO, CIRDAP, Traidcraft exchange etc. attended the meeting.
 
 

   

Secretary General of IJSG, Mr. Bhupendra Singh delevering his statement in the opening session

   

Delegates from the Member Countries (European Union, India and Morocco)

       
   

Head of Bangladesh Delegation Mr Mitra, Chairman, BJMC speaking in the meeting.

   

Delegates from International development partners of IJSG viz UNIDO, CIRDAP, Traidcraft exchange etc.

 

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Action Research Project on Training Rural Women Artisans on Handicrafts (Jute & Others) for Improvement of their Livelihoods

Action Research Project on Training Rural Women Artisans on Handicrafts (Jute & Others) for Improvement of their Livelihoods was organized by International Jute Study Group (IJSG) and Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) from April 3-26, 2012 in Shimpur, Comilla, Bangladesh. 30 rural women have been trained by  8 expert trainers of 3 established jute enterprises named  Corr-the jute works, Parul Garden and Natural Handicrafts. The training program consisted of four modules titled: 1.Basic Training (introduction of raw materials, tools and equipments); 2. Making of Jute Yarn & Braiding and their products (bags, toys, wall hangings, showpieces etc.); 3. Jute fabrics and its products (shopping bags, handbags, showpieces etc.); 4. Handmade jute paper and its products (desktop items- penholders, notebooks, gift items etc).

The ultimate objective of the training was to improve the livelihoods of rural women by developing the handicraft industry. The specific objective was to create job opportunities and increase income through skill of poor women in making various handicraft products made of jute fibre, yarn, fabric and jute based papers.

At the closing ceremony of the training programme on 26th April, as chief guest Dr. Mihir Kanti Majumdar, Secretary, RDCD, Government of Bangladesh appreciated IJSG-CIRDAP-BARD for undertaking this programme for rural development and women empowerment. Chairperson Mr. Md. Mir Kashem, Director General, BARD, Hossain Shahbaz, Director, PPD, Cirdap; and Md Abul Hossain, Senior Project Assistant, IJSG also spoke on the occasion and encouraged the participants. They also mentioned about helping them in the near future. At the end of the programme certificates were handed over to the participants for successfully completing the training. They shared their feelings and also said that they need raw material and proper guidelines to make a huge market for their products.

It may be noted here the training programme was inaugurated on 3rd April by DG, Bard. He appreciated the CIRDAP-IJSG-BARD collaboration to improve socio-economic condition of rural women artisans through providing capacity building training and extension services and linking them with marketing. At the programme, Mr. Hossein Shahbaz Director of PPD, CIRDAP welcomed the participants and gave a brief background of the project. Dr. Latifa Binte Lutfar, Operations Officer of IJSG explained the prospect of the training along with the training modules to the participants.

 
 

   

Hossain Shahbaz, Director, PPD, CIRDAP delevering his speech in closing ceremony

   

Participants in the closing session

       
   

One of the trainee sharing her experience regarding training in the closing session.

   

Authorities distributed the completion certificates to the trainees

 

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Three member IJSG delegate meet Indian Textiles Ministry delegation in Delhi

A three member delegate of the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) visited New Delhi, India to meet Indian delegates of Ministry of Textiles, Govt led by Ms. Kiran Dhingra, Secretary of Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India on April 26, 2012. The purpose of the visit was to make a presentation explaining the rationale of inclusion of other natural fibres in the mandate of the Group and to update the Indian delegation on the agenda of the forthcoming Council session of IJSG. The Secretary General, Mr. Bhupendra Singh made a presentation on the background, scope, objective and achievements of IJSG. In the presentation, the Secretary General also brought up the importance of inclusion of other natural fibres for which there are no international commodity bodies.

The Secretary General mentioned, inclusion of other natural fibres would synergies the jute and allied fibres. He mentioned the European Union is also focusing on inclusion of other fibres to continue their support beyond 2014. The inclusion of other natural fibres has been incorporated in the draft ToR of IJSG which is to be discussed in the upcoming council of IJSG Scheduled to be held in May 24, 2012.

Ms. Kiran Dhingra took notes of the presentation and assured to communicate their view during the upcoming Council session of IJSG.

Dr. Latifa Binte Lutfar, Operations Officer and Mr. Rajib Jones Mitra, Secretary – IJSG was also present as part of delegation from IJSG.

 

IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh met with the Indian delegates of Ministry of Textiles, Govt led by Ms. Kiran Dhingra, Secretary of Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India

 

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Action Research Project on Training Rural Women Artisans on Handicrafts (Jute & Others) for Improvement of their Livelihoods will begin on 3rd April

A Training of Rural Women Artisans on Handicrafts (Jute & Others) for Improvement of their Livelihoods is being jointly organized by the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) and the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) from April 3-26, 2012 in Shimpur, Comilla, Bangladesh.

 

Thirty rural women from the surrounding area of Shimpur, Comilla will receive training from the trainers of three collaborating entrepreneurs viz. the Corr-the jute works, Parul Garden and Natutal Handicrafts. The total programme of the training will be covered under four Training Modules viz. i) Basic Training (introduction of raw materials, tools and equipments), ii) Making jute yarn, braiding and their products (bags, toys, wall hangings, showpieces etc.), iii) Cutting, sewing, pasting of jute fabrics and its products making (shopping bags, handbags, showpieces etc.) and iv) Handmade jute paper and its products (desktop items- penholders, notebooks, gift items etc).

 

The objective of the training is to improve the livelihoods of rural women by developing the handicraft industry. The specific objective is to increase income and job opportunities for poor rural women by rendering suitable skill development training based on jute and indigenous materials, improving awareness, productivity and products quality while establishing efficient marketing services and facilities.

 

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IJSG Secretary General’s Visits Vietnam, Philippines and South Korea

Secretary General attended FAO Regional Conference in Hanoi and met the Bangladesh Ambassador:

 

Mr. Bhupendra Singh with H.E. the ambassador of Bangladesh in Hanoi Mr. Supradip Chakma (right)

 

Secretary General visited Hanoi, Vietnam to attend the “Thirty-first FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific”. During the visit he met H.E. the ambassador of Bangladesh in Hanoi Mr. Supradip Chakma. Secretary General briefed the ambassador about IJSG and requested for his help in organizing the next PSCB meeting at Hanoi. They also discussed the possibilities of increasing trade between Bangladesh and Vietnam along with the membership issue of Vietnam in IJSG. The ambassador assured all possible help and cooperation to IJSG.

 
 
Secretary General visited Manila, Philippines:
 

IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh in a meeting with Ms. Majeda Rafiqun Nessa, ndc, ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Manila (second from right), Mr. Dennis A. Orlina, the president of the PCHI (second from left), Ms. Evelyn from Fiber Industry Development Authority (right)

 

Secretary General visited Manila, Philippines after attending the FAO conference. The purpose was to explore the possibilities of increasing Jute trade between Philippine and the jute producing countries like Bangladesh and India. Secretary General met Her Excellency Majeda Rafiqun Nessa, ndc, ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Manila, Philippine and discussed the ways and means to promote jute trade. Secretary General also visited the ongoing international handicraft exhibition which was being organized by Philippine Chamber of Handicraft Industries, Inc. where he met Mr. Dennis A. Orlina, the president of the PCHI. The ambassador was kind enough to accompany the Secretary General. The promotion of natural fibres, greater application of jute and kenaf in handicraft sector of Philippines, the membership of Philippines to IJSG and the associate member of the PCHI were the main issues disused during the common meeting. Ms. Evelyn “Ellen” R. Dimayuga from Fiber Industry Development Authority, Philippines was also present in the meeting. During the dinner on meeting at the residence of ambassador of Bangladesh, Secretary General also met the Philippines ambassador for Bangladesh H.E. H.E. Mr. Bahnarim Guinomla  and discussed the issues of jute trade and the membership to IJSG.

 

 
Secretary General met the ambassador of Bangladesh of South-Korea:
 

IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh met with the H.E. Mr. H.E. Mr. Shahidul Islam (second from left), Ambassador of Bangladesh of South-Korea. Mr. Hwan-Seok Choi (second from right), Manager of Kong Sin Co. Ltd, an associate member of IJSG and Mr. Young-Chan Oh (left)), Han IL E Hwa Co. Ltd were also present in that meeting

 

During this official mission Secretary General also met the ambassador of Bangladesh of South-Korea H.E. Mr. Shahidul Islam. Secretary General briefed the ambassador about the IJSG and its activities and disused ways to promote jute trade with South Korea. On the request of Secretary General, the Bangladesh embassy had also invited Mr. Hwan-Seok Choi, Manager of Kong Sin Co. Ltd, an associate member of IJSG and Mr. Young-Chan Oh, Han IL E Hwa Co. Ltd. another big importer of jute and kenaf in South Korean. The Korean partners emphasized the need for improving the quality of jute and also the issue of price stability. The ambassador and the Secretary General promised the Korean guest to help in this regards.

 
 
Secretary General visited the office of KOFOTI in South Korea:
 

IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh with the Chairman Mr. Hee-Chan (right), Korea Federation of Textile Industries (KOFOTI)

 

In Seoul, Secretary General also visited the office of Korea Federation of Textile Industries (KOFOTI) and met with the Chairman Mr. Hee-Chan, Ro and Mr. Gue-Bar Yeoum, Director KOFOTI. They discussed how to increase the South Korean jute trade with jute producing countries. The Chairman KOFOTI specially underlined the need for improving the quality of jute yearns, ensuring reasonable price for jute and also mentioned that Korea has great potential for consumption of jute geotextiles. Secretary General briefed the chairman KOFOTI about the IJSG and promised to take care of the issues raised by the chairman. Secretary General also invited KOFOTI to join IJSG as an associate member.

 

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IJSG Secretary General met H.E. Alphons Hennekens, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on March 8, 2012

The IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh met the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Alphons Hennekens at his office in Dhaka to discuss the issue of Membership of the Netherlands to IJSG and continuation of support to IJSG beyond 2014. H.E. Alphons Hennekens was very welcoming and interested to learn about IJSG. He was well aware of jute and its various applications and also its importance to Bangladesh and India. He mentioned about ban on polythene bags in Bangladesh.

 

Mr. Singh mentioned that the Netherlands is also one of the largest importers of jute and allied fibres in Europe. He also mentioned that, the European Association for the Trade in Jute and Related Products (EURO JUTE) which is an associate member of IJSG is the largest importer of jute in Europe. He also mentioned about the projects done with the partnership of the Netherlands in previous years. The Netherlands has been supporting IJSG since the IJO period (1982)

 

Mr. Singh explained the importance of jute and the reasons for the recent revival of jute as a preferred eco friendly alternative to polythene and other synthetic materials. Mr. Singh elaborated the diversified applications of jute apart from traditional bags and packaging.

 

He also mentioned about the recent initiative taken by EU to ban the polythene bags in Europe. He said that, the European Commission is seeking views on reducing plastic bag use. He also discussed the jute market scenario in Bangladesh and India. Mr. Singh provided His Excellency with a write up explaining the rational for justifying their continuation of support to IJSG beyond 2014.

 

H.E. Alphons Hennekens took interest in all the documents provided by IJSG. He assured to have a look at those and pass on a suitable note to the appropriate authority of the Netherland Government.

 

Mr. Rajib Jones Mitra, Secretary – IJSG and Ms. Monnujan Khanam, Advisor Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands was also present in the meeting.

 

IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh met with the H.E. Mr. H.E. Alphons Hennekens (middle), Ambassador of The Kingdom of the Netherlands to Bangladesh. Ms. Monnujan Khanam (left), Advisor Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands was also present in the meeting.

 

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IJSG Participated in the 6th Asian Textile Conference (ATEXCON)

The IJSG officials took part in the 6th Asian Textile Conference (ATEXCON) was organized by the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI), the apex industry chamber of the textiles & clothing industry of India, on March 5-6, 2012 in Hotel Westin, Mumbai, India. The theme of the 6th ATEXCON was ‘Creating New Opportunities Through Cross Country Cooperation’. The Chief Guest, Mr. V. Srinivash, Joint Secretary (Textiles), Govt. of India, inaugurated the conference. The keynote speech “Overview of Global Textile and Clothing Trade” was made by the Mr. Robert Antoshak, Managing Director, Olah Inc., USA. There were five business sessions on the capacity building, international trade, marketing and branding and raw material issues in the conference. About 200 participants from various countries i.e., Bangladesh, Pakistan, UK, USA, China, Japan, Thailand besides India participated in the two-day event. The buyer representatives from UK and USA suggested south-Asian textile manufacturing authorities/countries to develop one general “Regional Textile Brand” for the south-Asian textile products.

 

The 6th ATEXCON was organized concurrently with the Kingpins show held at Bombay Exhibition Centre on March 6-7, 2012. The Kingpins Show was one of the largest Denim Shows organized world-over by Olah Inc. ATEXCON and Kingpins Show are organized simultaneously to create a rare chance for textile manufacturers to interact and explore new and prospective business areas.

 
 

   

Opening session of the 6th Asian Textile Conference

   

Mr. Sadruzzamn Noor, Operations Assistant, IJSG visitng a stall in ATEXCON

 

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The delegates of China Bast and Leaf Fibers Textile Association (CBLFTA) met International Jute Study Group (IJSG)

A high powered team of delegates of China Bast and Leaf Fibers Textile Association (CBLFTA) met IJSG Secretary General and other members of IJSG at IJSG Secretariat at Dhaka on Monday, March 5, 2012. A fifteen-member group of delegates consisted of member from seven different jute industries and companies visited IJSG Headquarters.

 

The delegates were headed by the Chairman of the China Bast and allied fibre related textile association-Mr. Xu Ji Xiang. The meeting was conducted by the IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh was attended by the Private Sector Consultative Board (PSCB) Chairman Mr. Rezaul Karim and IJSG officials and staffs. There was a video show on jute and a presentation on IJSG activities in the meeting so as to help China to expand jute trade.

 

The Chinese Head of Delegates, Mr. Xu in his speech told that China is giving importance to the jute industry and also looking for increasing collaboration and cooperation from Bangladesh and IJSG. But they are concerned about the quality of the products and price fluctuation of raw jute and jute yarn.

 

In response Secretary General of IJSG elaborated the areas to collaborate with Chinese industries which would be beneficial for the jute industry. After the meeting, CBLFTA formally joined IJSG as an Associate Member. In addition to CBLFTA, another industry of China namely Zhejiang Golden Eagle Co., Ltd. also joined IJSG as an Associate Member.

 

It can be mentioned here that IJSG is an Inter-governmental organization working as the International Commodity Body for the jute and allied fibres. Only a country can join as a full member whereas individual entity related to jute can join as the Associate Member. At present 30 countries including Bangladesh, India, Morocco and European Union (representing 27 countries of Europe) are the member of IJSG.

 

Mr. Xu Ji Xiang, Chairman, CBLFTA handing over the Associate Membership

form to the IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh

 

   

CBLFTA Chairman delevering his speech in the meeting

   

Members of the Chinese delegation

       
   

Chinese delegation with IJSG Staffs

   

Chinese delegates visited IJSG Disply Centre

 

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IJSG Secretary General met Dr. Anatoly Davydenko, Charge d’Affairs, Embassy of the Russian Federation

The IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh met the Charge d’Affairs, Embassy of the Russian Federation, Dr. Anatoly Davydenko, at his office in Dhaka to discuss the issue of Membership of Russian Federation to IJSG. Dr. Anatoly Davydenko was very welcoming and was keen to know about IJSG.

 

The Secretary General, Mr. Bhupendra Singh, explained the importance of jute and the reasons for the recent revival of Jute as a preferred eco friendly alternative to polythene and other synthetic materials. He mentioned about the industry Kona-Tex, which is an associate member of IJSG from Russia. Mr. Singh explained the negative impacts of polythene shopping bags and how different counties are addressing the issues and banning the use of plastic bags. Therefore, jute has found its way in the global market and its demand is very high. He also discussed the jute market scenario in Bangladesh and India. He also elaborated the diversified applications of jute apart from traditional bags and packaging.

 

Mr. Singh also discussed the history of IJSG and its inception from the former IJO in 2001. He also gave his vision beyond 2014 for the Group. He stated that, new countries are finding interest in this Group and Morocco had joined IJSG very recently. Turkey is going to join the Group very soon. He also explained the ongoing activities of IJSG. He said, if country like Russia joins IJSG, it will have stronger voice during the renegotiation as the tenure of the ToR of IJSG expires in April 2014.

 

Dr. Anatoly Davydenko highly appreciated the work of IJSG. He discussed the jute scenario in Europe, Latin America, China and Africa. He promised to convey the message of Membership in a positive note to the government of Russia.

 

Mr. Rajib Jones Mitra, Secretary-IJSG and Ms. Elena Nikolicheva, Third Secretary, Embassy of Russian Federation in Dhaka, was also present in the meeting.

 

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IJSG Secretary General met the Ambassador of the Republic of Italy on February 27th 2012

The IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh met the Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to Bangladesh, H.E. Mr. Giorgio Guglielmino at his office in Dhaka to discuss the issue of Membership of Italy to IJSG and continuation of support of Italy (EU) beyond 2014.

 

H.E. Mr. Giorgio Guglielmino was very welcoming and was well aware of IJSG. He mentioned about the earlier communications with Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh regarding IJSG.

 

The Secretary General explained the importance of jute and the reasons for the recent revival of jute as a preferred eco friendly alternative to polythene and other synthetic materials. He also mentioned about the recent initiative by the EU to ban the polythene bags in Europe. He said that, the European Commission is seeking views on reducing plastic bag use. He also discussed the jute market scenario in Bangladesh and India. Mr. Singh elaborated the diversified applications of jute apart from traditional bags and packaging. Mr. Singh provided His Excellency with a write up explaining the rational for justifying their continuation of support to IJSG beyond 2014.

 

H.E. Mr. Giorgio Guglielmino highly appreciated the work of IJSG and uttered his understanding about the importance of jute. He promised to write a positive note to the government of Republic of Italy to continue their support beyond 2014 as and when the renegotiation takes place.

 

IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh me t with the H.E. Mr. Giorgio Guglielmino (right), Ambassador of The Republic of Italy to Bangladesh

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IJSG Secretary General met the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany on February 26, 2012

The IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh met H.E. Holger Michael, Ambassador, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, at his office in Dhaka to discuss the Membership of IJSG and continuation of support of Germany (EU) beyond 2014.

 

The Secretary General explained the background, objectives, ongoing activities and the vision of IJSG beyond 2014. IJSG at present has an enlarged mandate for the development of jute sector such as sustainable development, gender sensitization and poverty alleviation through development of jute sector. He explained the importance of jute and the reasons for the recent revival of Jute as a preferred eco friendly alternative to polythene and other synthetic materials. Mr. Singh elaborated the diversified applications of jute apart from traditional bags and packaging.

 

He also mentioned about the recent initiative by EU to ban the polythene bags in Europe. He said that, the European Commission is seeking views on reducing plastic bag use. He said that, replacement of polythene with multi use biodegradable jute bags will be a great opportunity for employment and income generation in both jute producing and importing countries. He also discussed the jute market scenario in Bangladesh and India.

 

He mentioned that, the Federal Republic of Germany has been supporting IJSG since 1984; from IJO period and IJSG looks forward to have its support when the matter of IJSG will be discussed at the European Commission and Parliament probably sometimes in 2013.

 

H.E. Holger Michael said that he will sure convey the communication to the government of Federal Republic of Germany and wishes to see IJSG existence with enlarged mandates.

 

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IJSG Secretary General met the Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines on February 13, 2012

The IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh met H.E. Bahnarim Abu Guinomla Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines at his office in Dhaka to discuss the issue of Membership. H.E. Bahnarim Abu Guinomla welcome the IJSG delegates and was willing to hear about the Group.

 

The Secretary General explained the background, objectives, ongoing activities and the vision of IJSG beyond 2014. He explained the importance of jute and the reasons for the recent revival of Jute as a preferred eco friendly alternative to polythene and other synthetic materials. Mr. Singh elaborated the diversified applications of jute apart from traditional bags and packaging. He mentioned that, Jute has also become a fashion icon to the new generation. He also mentioned about the recent initiative by EU to ban the polythene bags in Europe. H.E. Bahnarim Abu Guinomla informed that his Mission is aware of the ban of polythene bags. He also discussed the jute market scenario in Bangladesh and India. There was discussion to find out potential sectors in Philippines to use jute fibres as well.

 

Mr. Singh presented a jute bag to H.E. Bahnarim Abu Guinomla as complement. He also put up a formal request to the Mission to pursue the membership issue with the appropriate department of Philippines Government. H.E. Bahnarim Abu Guinomla was very enthusiastic and promised to pass on the communication to the appropriate department of the Philippines Government.

       

   

IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh  met with the H.E. Bahnarim Abu Guinomla (left), Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Dhaka

 

 

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IJSG Secretary General met the Ambassador of the Republic of Myanmar on February 07, 2012

The IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh met H.E. U Min Lwin, Ambassador of The Embassy of the Republic of Myanmar at his office in Dhaka to discuss the issue of Membership.

 

H.E. U Min Lwin was very welcoming and well informed about IJSG. He was keen to know about the administrative structure of IJSG and was willing to know more about the strategy of the group after 2014.

 

Mr. Singh explained how the global demand of jute and allied fibres are playing a crucial role in the recent revival of Jute sector as jute being preferred an eco friendly alternative to polythene and other synthetic materials.

 

H.E. U Min Lwin was very optimistic about Myanmar to join the Group in near future.

 

IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh (left) met with the H.E. U Min Lwin, Ambassador of The Embassy of the Republic of Myanmar in Dhaka

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IJSG Secretary General met the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey on February 06, 2012

The IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh met H.E. Mr. M. Vakur Erkul, Ambassador of The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey at his office in Dhaka to discuss the issue of Membership. Turkey was a member of the former International Jute Organization (IJO).

 

H.E. Mr. M. Vakur Erkul was very welcoming and keen to know about IJSG. He mentioned that their Mission has received all the communication regarding membership issues and passed it to the relevant department in Turkish Government. The Secretary General explained the background, objectives, ongoing activities and the vision of IJSG. Mr. Singh also explained how the Council of IJSG functions and the roles for the Member countries to play.

 

Mr. Singh briefed the Excellency about the recent PSCB meeting which held in Turkey on December 07-09, 2011. He said that the PSCB meet was a successful one and business deal worth thousands of dollars were made by the participating industries. He also mentioned about the meetings with the higher government officials and their keen interest to join the Group in near future.

 

Mr. Singh mentioned that Turkey is one of the largest importers of jute yarn as jute is one of the important materials for carpet industries. He explained the global demand of jute and allied fibres and the reasons for the recent revival of Jute as a preferred eco friendly alternative to polythene and other synthetic materials. He mentioned the recent initiative by European Union to ban the use of plastic bags and just as the potential material to replace polythene. Mr. Singh also elaborated the diversified applications of jute apart from traditional bags and packaging.

 

H.E. Mr. M. Vakur Erkul informed that Turkish Government is very positive about the Membership of IJSG and very soon Turkey will be joining IJSG as a Member.

 

IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh (left) met with the H.E. Mr. M. Vakur Erkul, Ambassador of The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Dhaka

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IJSG Secretary General visits Oslo and Stockholm for Membership Drive

Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General of the IJSG met with H.E. Mr. R. K. Tyagi, Ambassador, Embassy of India in Oslo, Norway on January 27, 2012. Secretary General also met with H.E. Mr. A.F.M. Gousal Azam Sarker, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Sweden and other Nordic countries on January 30, 2012 in his office.

 

During the meetings with India and Bangladesh Ambassadors the Secretary General highlighted the need for Norway’s membership to IJSG. The Secretary General Stated to the Ambassadors that jute has started reviving its market because of current environmental consciousness and the best alternative for saving the world environment from the menace of polyethylene and other synthetic materials.

 

The Secretary General also highlighted the recent come back of jute with its diversified applications in automobiles, furniture and building materials. He also pointed out that the banning of plastic bags in different countries has opened new opportunities for jute sector. He explained the jute consumption pattern of Norway and mentioned that, several jute based companies are already working in Norway to promote jute and environmental sustainability.

 

The Ambassadors of two countries promised all assistance for IJSG efforts.

 

Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General of the IJSG with H.E. Mr. R. K. Tyagi, Ambassador, Embassy of India in Oslo

 
 

Secretary General also met with H.E. Mr. A.F.M. Gousal Azam Sarker, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Sweden and other Nordic countries

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IJSG Secretary General met the Deputy Head of Mission of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka

IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh met the Deputy Head of Mission of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Mr.  Kyrre Elvenes BrŠkhus at his office on January 19, 2012 to discuss the issue of Membership of Norway to IJSG. During the meeting Mr. Singh enlightened the history of the former IJO and informed that Norway was a member of IJO. He also explained that after the tenure of the ToR of IJO expired in 2001, Norway with many other countries did not join IJSG in 2002. He attributed the loss of jute market to plastic bags during that period, for Norway not joining IJSG. He stated that, jute has started reviving its market because of current environmental consciousness. He also explained the mandates and organizational structure including status of membership and finance of IJSG. He stated that, IJSG is not merely an ICB but it works more than that. IJSG is now currently working with focus of poverty alleviation and gender sensitization – he stated.

 

The Secretary General explained the recent come back of jute with its diversified applications in automobiles, furniture and building materials. He also pointed out the banning of plastic bags in different countries. He explained the jute consumption pattern of Norway and mentioned that, several jute based companies are already working in Norway to promote jute and environmental sustainability. He addressed to different queries of Mr. BrŠkhus and responded accordingly. Mr. Singh mentioned that, the financial contribution would be very low in dollar terms, but Norway’s participation in IJSG would not only create a big momentum in environmental protection but also would bring a great prestige to IJSG. Mr. Singh requested the Norwegian delegation to spare some time to visit a jute industry where they will be able to get a clear picture of the sector and activities of IJSG; particularly gender sensitization. He offered that, IJSG would be happy to arrange the visit with prior notification from the embassy.

 

Mr. Kyrre Elvenes BrŠkhus assured to discuss the issues with the Ambassador and take up the membership issue further. Mr. Rajib Jones Mitra, Secretary - IJSG and Ms. Sarah Lisa, intern – Royal Norwegian Embassy was also present in the meeting.

 

IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh (left) met with the Deputy Head of Mission of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Mr.  Kyrre Elvenes BrŠkhus at his office

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A Meeting with industry held in the Secretariat of the IJSG

A meeting, titled “Discussion Meeting on the Need Assessment of some Projects of the IJSG”, took place on January 17, 2012 at the IJSG premises. The focus of the meeting was to exchange views with jute industry stakeholders on necessity of some projects and activities of the IJSG and possible collaboration with industry.

The session was chaired by Mr. Bhupendra Singh, the honorable Secretary General of the IJSG and was moderated by Dr. Latifa Binte Lutfar, Operations Officer. Five projects and activities were presented to the participants and were discussed upon. Exchange of various comments and queries took place among the proponent agencies and industry stakeholders to get a better view on the need of the projects and activities. The feedbacks from the industry stakeholders and their interests in participating in the projects and activities were noted.

The projects and activities that were discussed in the meeting are – Commercial Application of Effective Simultaneous Dyeing and Finishing Method for Jute, Jute-Cotton Union and Jute-Cotton Blended Fabrics with Reactive Dyes; Strengthening Value Chain of Jute Bags; Development of Rapid Test Method for Determination of Unsaponifiables in Food Grade Jute Products; Stitch-bonding, Novel Jute Fabric Forming Process after Carding, leading to Textile Application; and Skill Development of Supervisors and Technologist of Jute Industry.

Delegates from Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC), Bangladesh Jute Mills Association (BJMA) and Bangladesh Jute Spinners Association (BJSA) attended the meeting along with representatives from Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI), Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Jute Diversification Promotion Center (JDPC) and some prominent jute mills – Sonali Aansh Industries Ltd., Pubali Jute Mills Ltd., Aftab Jute Mills Ltd., Nowapara Jute Mills Ltd., Faridpur Jute Mills Ltd., A. H. Jute Spinners & Belting Limited, and The Golden Fibre Trade Center Ltd.

 
 

   

Mr. Bhupendra Singh, IJSG Secretary General speaking in the meeting

   

Dr. Latifa Binte Lutfar, Operations Officer delevering the opening remarks

       
   

Representative from BJMC, BJSA, CPD and Industry

   

DG, BJRI speaking in the open discussion regarding projects

 

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Training on Design & Product Development of Fabric based Jute Bags ends at Chennai

Considering the success of Bangladesh Training programme,  a similar International training  programme  was  organized by International  Jute Study Group (IJSG) in collaboration with National  Jute  Board (NJB) and National  Centre for Design & Product Development (NCDPD) at Chennai  during 16-23 December, 2011  at   Hotel  Dee Cee  Manor,  T. Nagar, Chennai, India.

 

Dr. (Mrs.) Beela  Rajesh,  IAS,  Executive Director,  Handloom  Export  Promotion  Council (HEPC)  presided over the Valedictory Function on December 23, 2011  and  distributed the Training  Certificates  to all the  participants. Dr. Latifa Binte Lutfar, Operations Officer and Finance & Administrative Officer (in Charge), IJSG was present in the occasion. Mr. T. Ayyappan, Market Promotion Officer, Southern region, NJB, Chennai was also present.   Nearly  31  Jute  entrepreneurs,  representing  Export, design and manufacturing firms/ units,  from Chennai,  Madurai, Coimbatore & Bangalore,   participated  in the 7 Day “Design and Product Development training, specially  for Jute bags”. Dr. Beela Rajesh, in her speech, appreciated the efforts of IJSG/NJB in providing such productive international level training for the south based Jute entrepreneurs. She also appreciated the trainees for attending sincerely in the Training programme. Dr. Latifa Binte Lutfar, in her Special address appreciated the Trainees  and advised to make best use of the knowledge/skill learnt from the training in their business & production of Jute Products and to showcase  their newly developed designs and products, take-up  International  challenges   and  to focus towards  Green Marketing.

 

Chief Guest,  in her  valedictory  address, invited the  participants to make use of  HEPC’s promotional events,  including the  “India  International Hand-woven Fair” to be held at  Chennai in  March 2012 with Jute Designs.  

 

Shri. T. Ayyappan, in his vote of thanks, thanked the participants, International Jute Study Group (IJSG) and National Centre for Design & Product Development (NCDPD) for organizing such training.  He  summarised the Feedback  received  from the participants regarding this  Training  programme. He advised trainers to come out with various designer products, with positive approach.  Participants also expressed their opinion that this Special Advanced Training has given a special dimension in their method of production and assured that they will come out with Designer Jute bags to suit the Trend & Market successfully.

 
 

   

Delivering welcome speech at concluding session.

   

Mrs. Beela Rajesh, IAS, E.D., HEPC, concluding the 7-Day Jute Bag Design and Product Development Training programme

       
   

Chief Guest distributed the completion certificates to the trainees

   

Display of shopping bags which were made during the training

 

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IJSG Secretary General met the Ambassador of Japan on December 15th 2011

The IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh met the Ambassador of Japan H.E. Mr. Shiro Sadoshima at his office in Dhaka to discuss the issue of Membership of Japan. Japan was a member of the former International Jute Organization (IJO).

 

Mr. Sadoshima was very welcoming and keen to know about IJSG. The Secretary General explained the background, objectives, ongoing activities and the vision of IJSG. He explained the importance of jute and the reasons for the recent revival of Jute as a preferred eco friendly alternative to polythene and other synthetic materials. Mr. Singh elaborated the diversified applications of jute apart from traditional bags and packaging.

 

Mr. Sadoshima   was keen to know how Japan could be benefited by being a member of IJSG. Mr. Singh said that, jute is the best alternative for saving the world environment from the menace of polyethylene and other synthetic materials. Jute has been used in automobile industries to make eco friendly cars and Japan has a big market of Toyota cars in Bangladesh. Having Japan as a member of IJSG would support to help the jute sector grow creating benefit for jute producing countries and Japan. Japan can play an important role to promote jute at international level for sustainable development.

 

Mr. Sadoshima was keen to know the historical background of IJO and Japan’s participation. He asked for the financial obligations and voting procedure the membership. He ensured to convey the message to the Japanese government for necessary action.

 

Mr. Yasuharu Shinto, First Secretary (Economic and Development Assistance) of Japan Embassy and Mr. Rajib Jones Mitra, Secretary-IJSG was also present in the meeting.

 

IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh (right) with the Ambassador of Japan

H.E. Mr. Shiro Sadoshima at his office

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IJSG Secretary General met the Australian High Commissioner on 14th December 2011

The IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh met H.E. Mr. Justin Lee, the High Commissioner of Australia to Bangladesh at his office in Dhaka to discuss the issue of Membership of Australia.

 

The Secretary General explained the background, objectives, ongoing activities and the vision of IJSG. He explained the importance of jute and the reasons for the recent revival of Jute as a preferred eco friendly alternative to polythene and other synthetic materials. Mr. Singh elaborated the diversified applications of jute apart from traditional bags and packaging. Jute has also become a fashion icon to the new generation.

 

Mr. Singh explained how Australia could be benefited by being a member of IJSG and how Australia can play an important role to promote jute at international level for sustainable development. Mr. Singh said that, jute is the best alternative for saving the world environment from the menace of polyethylene and other synthetic materials. As the use of polyethylene shopping bags have already been banned in Australia in 2011 there is a huge potential for jute bags as an alternative.

 

Mr. Lee appreciated IJSG’s vision and activities. He was keen to know the historical background of IJO and Australia’s participation. He was asked for the voting procedure and contribution process for the members. Mr. Lee ensured to convey the message to the Australian government for necessary action.

 

IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh (left) with H.E. Mr. Justin Lee, the High Commissioner of Australia to Bangladesh

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IJSG Secretary General met the Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, Turkey in a Membership visit

Mr. Bhupendra Singh, the Secretary General of IJSG met with H.E. Mr. Mehmet Mehdi Eker, the Hon’ble Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Turkey on December 09, 2011 and had a fruitful discussion about the Turkish membership of IJSG. Mr. Singh briefed the Minister about the objectives and functions of IJSG. During the meeting he pointed out the importance of Turkey as a major importer of jute and jute products.  He added that membership of Turkey to IJSG would facilitate the global development of Natural Fibres.

 

He also met Mr. Mithat Rende, Ambassador, Director General (Multilateral Economic Affairs, Energy and Environment), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey, and briefed him about the importance of Membership of Turkey to IJSG.

During the visit Mr. Singh met with H.E. Md. Zulfiqur Rahman, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Turkey and thanked him for providing all out assistance in organizing the Twelfth PSCB Meeting in Gaziantep, Turkey. He also met with the Ambassador of India to Turkey. He discussed with them about different issues including Membership of Turkey.

 

Mr. Bhupendra Singh, IJSG Secretary General met with H.E. Mr. Mehmet Mehdi Eker, the Hon’ble Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Turkey

Mr. Bhupendra Singh, IJSG Secretary General met with Mr. Mithat Rende, Ambassador, Director General (Multilateral Economic Affairs, Energy and Environment), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey

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Twelfth PSCB Meeting held in Gaziantep, Turkey

The Twelfth Meeting of the Private Sector Consultative Board (PSCB) was held in Gaziantep, Turkey from December 07-08, 2011. The Secretary General, Secretary – PSCB, Chairman - PSCB and Secretary – IJSG participated in the meeting as part of IJSG delegation. Associate Members from Bangladesh and Nepal participated in the meeting. A delegation of two members from then Government of Bangladesh also participated in the meeting.

 

The program was inaugurated on December 07, 2011at a venue of South Anatolian Chamber Commerce. The President of Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of South Anatolian Exporters Union, the Chairman of South Anatolian Carpet Exporters Union, H.E. Md. Zulfiqur Rahman the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Turkey, Chairman of PSCB and Secretary General of IJSG presented their speech in the inauguration session. Representatives from different industries and business organizations were present in the inauguration session. In the inaugural session several discussions came up addressing the challenges regarding import-export situation among Turkey and other exporting countries. These issues have been noted by the jute exporters from different regions for further pursuance to bring a suitable solution. The vote of thanks was announced by the Secretary PSCB Mr. Siddiqur Rahman. Following the inaugural session a buyer seller meeting was organized in the same entity where the buyers from Turkey and sellers from different regions had the opportunity to directly and discuss business opportunities. From the instant responses received from the participants it was apparent that the buyer seller meeting was a successful event.  After the meeting a tour was organized by the Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce to Kaplan Kardesler Carpet Industry.

 

The meeting PSCB was held on December 8, 2011. The meeting was open to all Associate Members of the IJSG. The Meeting was chaired by the Chairman PSCB. The Board reviewed the status of the Associate Members of the IJSG and suggested that the PSCB should have more Associate Members to include exporters, importers, traders, market experts, manufacturers and NGOs to make the Board more effective. The Board further also suggested that request letters may be sent from the Chairman and Vice-Chairmen of the PSCB to all prospective Associate Members, particularly in consuming countries to join as Associate Members.

 

The Board requested the concerned Associate Members to send the reports of any study undertaken by their respective R&D Institutions/ Organizations/Associations to the IJSG Secretariat so that the Secretariat could inform all the Associate Members of these reports/studies.

 

One of the important issues of discussion was to compile a database of tariffs on Jute and Jute products and non-tariff barriers as well as logistic barriers relating to Jute and Jute products in different producing and importing countries. The Board requested all Associate Members to submit information in this regard to the IJSG Secretariat for compilation. The Board also recommended that the IJSG council may appeal to all importing countries to suitably remove/reduce tariffs and to remove non-tariff barriers on Jute, Jute products, Jute machinery and spares.

 

The Board appreciated the Promotional activities including Disposal Protocol for Jute Products and training of Jute Mills personnel conducted with the support of IJSG.

 

The Board suggested to hold the Thirteenth PSCB meeting in USA/ Australia/ Myanmar/ Pakistan/Thailand and authorized the Chairman to fix a suitable date of the Thirteenth PSCB meeting in consultation with Vice-Chairmen and the Secretary General of the IJSG.

 

Participants of the 12th PSCB meetings

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Secretary General represented IJSG in the Joint Meeting of the IGG on Hard Fibre in Brazil

The Joint Meeting of the Thirty-sixth session of the Intergovernmental Group on Hard Fibres and the Thirty-eighth session of the Intergovernmental Group on Jute, Kenaf and Allied Fibres held in Salvador City, Bahia, Brazil, from 16-18 November 2011. Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General of the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) represented the organisation in the meeting.

 

The meeting was mainly focused on  the Informal price arrangements for sisal, abaca, jute and kenaf; policies affecting trade in fibre and products; Value chain analysis; Standards and certification; Evaluation of the International Year of Natural Fibres 2009; Commodity development activities; work programme and operational procedures of the Intergovernmental Commodity Groups etc.

 

The Meeting explored possibilities for promoting hard fibres, jute, kenaf and other similar fibres, including through the development of a logo/mark for these fibres. Members and observers considered action plan to increase demand in potential markets and promote sales of traditional and value-added fibres world-wide and also provided information regarding approaches to effective generic promotion.

 

The Secretary General Strongly Suggested the need for creating a modern ‘jute exchange for jute and other fibres so that volatility in prices are reduced and the farmers are not exploited in the existing market mechanisms. He also underlined need for increasing productivity of these fibres and generic promotion.

 

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Thirteenth Session of the Council of IJSG ends at Dhaka

The Thirteenth Council meeting of the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) was held on November 03, 2011 at IJSG Secretariat, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Council Meeting was chaired by the Chairperson of the IJSG Council Ms. Rita Menon, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. Delegation from Bangladesh led by Mr. Ashraful Moqbul and Head of delegation of European Union, Mr. Enzo Barattini, were present in the meeting. Representatives from Morocco, China, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Brazil, Denmark, Indonesia, Philippines, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, and FAO were also present. The meeting was held as per the prescribed procedure in the Terms of References of the constitution of the IJSG and all the decisions were taken with unanimity without any occasion for testing vote distribution.

 

The Council, of the IJSG discussed establishment matters as well as administrative and financial matters of the Group. A series of important issues including membership of the Group, development of market for jute products, assessment of world jute situation and other related matters were discussed during the Session. The Secretary General presented the status of Membership of IJSG. The decision of Morocco for joining IJSG as a full member was a significant milestone for IJSG to present in the Thirteenth Council Session. The publication on International R&D Seminar was released by Ms. Rita Menon, Chairperson, Council of IJSG & Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. 

 

One of the key discussion agendas for the Thirteenth Council Session was the “Evaluation Report on the activities of IJSG”. The IJSG Secretariat presented an analytical overview on the report including the comments made by the Govt. of Bangladesh. The IJSG Secretariat discussed on the strengths, weakness and recommendations made the evaluator in the evaluation report. 

 

The IJSG Secretariat presented a draft ToR for the IJSG beyond 2014 for the consideration of the Council. The Council took the issue sincerely and instructed the IJSG Secretariat work further on this while taking the recommendations and suggestion into consideration, made by the Member countries during the Council Session.

 

The Thirteenth Council Session was concluded on November 03, 2011. The Fourteenth Council Session is Schedules to be held in May 2012. The actual date(s) of the Session will be decided through correspondence with the Member Countries.

 

IJSG Council Chairperson Ms. Rita Menon, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India delivering her speech in the Council Session. IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh and Head of Member country delegation were present in the dais

 

   

Bangladesh delegation taking part in a discussion during the session

   

Delegates from India and Observers from different county were present in the session.

       

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IJSG has successfully organized the training on Design and Product Development of JDP in Dhaka

International Jute Study Group (IJSG) has successfully organised a training programme for jute Entrepreneurs/ Exporters/ Artisans/ Designers on Design and Product Development of Jute Diversified Product (JDP) especially the jute bags during October 24, 2011 to November 2, 2011 at the IJSG Secretariat, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The 10 days training was inaugurated by Md. Ashraful Moqbul, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles and Jute, Government of Bangladesh. The Valediction Ceremony was chaired by Ms. Rita Menon, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. Distinguished Directorate General, Development & Relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific States, European Commission, Mr. Enzo Barattini, also graced the closing ceremony.

 

In the inaugural outset, the Chairperson, Md. Ashraful Moqbul, appreciated IJSG for this initial endeavor of skill development on the product and design development of the Jute Diversified Product (JDP) in Bangladesh. Mr. Moqbul shared that a team of Designers from Bangladesh went to the NCDPD to participate the similar training. He admired the efforts of IJSG for bringing the same training at the door for Bangladeshi jute designers/artisans. The Secretary General of IJSG, Mr. Bhupendra Singh, welcomed the trainees and opined that IJSG brought about this valued training to Bangladeshi jute worker against a nominal fee only to upgrade the existing skill of the entrepreneurs/ manufacturers on the innovative and green design and product development harmonizing international demands. Mr. Singh advised the trainees to learn and gain the delivering knowledge as deep and far as possible.

 

Ms. Rita Menon, the Chairperson of Valediction, complimented the in-time initiative of IJSG and appreciated the trainees for successful completion of the training. Three representing trainees also made their valuable sharing about the training. They remarked that the training was very resourceful, inspired and real-time approach not only for the design and product development areas also for the marketing and export matters. The Chairperson distributed the completion certificate between the trainees at the end of the valediction.

 

There were 31 participants from jute corporation, research institute, entrepreneur, buying house, export, design and manufacturing in the design and product development training amid 28 successfully concluded the training. The training was conducted by the faculty members of the National Centre for Design and Product Development (NCDPD), India, an eminent organisation for design & product development under the Handicrafts Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. Three reputable trainers from NCDPD Mr. Mohit Notta, Consultant (Marketing), Mr. Johann P. Kwong, Senior Designer and Ms. Amla Shrivastava, Product Designer and Crafts Facilitator, facilitated the whole training.

 

The exclusive training curriculum included theoretical, practical and visits sessions covered wide range of topics e.g., principles of design and product development and colour, product range development, skill development through visual & mood board, benchmarking of the jute crafts, design methodologies, green product requirements for exports, eco-labeling , sustainable supply chain management, computer aided design and digital design, marketing and technical trends, trends application, brand development and image building, texture development, export pricing and costing, export terms and reference, QA and control system, vendor compliance and REACH, IPRs, exporting, export and marketing mix, product standards and classification, visual merchandising  and windows to creative merchandising. The training also had several workshops like innovative design, product and design modification, design methodologies, product range and development, introduction of coreldraw (design software), visual merchandising, brand development, visual/mood board, texture workshop, weaving/bag demonstration and team building.

 
 

   

Md. Ashraful Moqbul, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles and Jute, GoB, inaugurated  the training programme. The IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh and other officials were also present

   

Trainers from NCDPD, India facilitating the training programme

       
   

A group of participant doing their assignment during the practical session

   

Ms. Rita Menon, the IJSG Chairperson distributed the completion certificates to the trainees

 

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IJSG Delegation visited CFC and EU Headquarters

Secretary General of IJSG Mr. Bhupendra Singh and Secretary of Textile and Jute, Government of Bangladesh Mr. Md. Ashraful Moqbul recently visited Amsterdam and Brussels on 15th October to 20th October, 2011.

At Amsterdam, the delegation met with the Senior Project Managers Mr. Guy Sneyers and Mr. Sietse Vander Werff of Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) and discussed various projects on Jute certified seeds, Jute shopping bags and eco leveling of Jute products of IJSG. They also pressed upon the fact that jute and kenaf being the largest fibre in functional textiles should get increased support of CFC in comparison to other bast and hard fibres. CFC officers appreciated the partnership with IJSG for promotion of jute and kenaf sector.

In Brussels the delegation met with Mr. Enzo Barattini, the European Union representative for IJSG and also the Deputy Director General at EU Mr. Jaoa Aguiar Machado. The delegation highlighted the role and activities of IJSG and sought for the support of European Union for future continuation of the IJSG beyond 2014. The delegation also mentioned the fact of   environmental importance of Jute, the growing market for jute products, interest of new country member Morocco in joining the IJSG. The Deputy Director General of EU appreciated the important role played by IJSG and promised that the matter is under consideration and the EU will take a considerate view within in constraints.

 

Secretary General of IJSG Mr. Bhupendra Singh and Secretary of Textile and Jute, Government of Bangladesh Mr. Md. Ashraful Moqbul met with EU Officials in Brussels

 

   

Mr. Md. Ashraful Moqbul presenting a gift to Mr. Jaoa Aguiar Machado, Deputy Director General at EU

   

The IJSG Delegation also met with Deputy Head of Mission of Bangladesh in Brussels

       

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IJSG Delegation visited Myanmar on a Membership drive

A three member delegation led by Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General of IJSG along with Dr. Latifa Binte Lutfar, Operations Officer and Mr. Rajib Jones Mitra, Secretary, IJSG visited Myanmar on a membership drive from October 05-09, 2011.

 

The IJSG delegation met H.E. U Khin Zaw; Union Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MOAI), U Y╚ Phone Myint, Managing Director, Jute and Fiber Department (JFD), and the high officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, the Republic of Union of Myanmar at the Ministry at Nay Pyi Taw on October 07, 2011. IJSG Secretary General, Mr. Bhupendra Singh stated the background, objectives, ongoing activities and the vision of IJSG, the only ICB for jute, kenaf and allied fibres which works globally for the development of the sector. He explained the reasons for the recent revival of jute in the world. Mr. Singh remarked on the potential of Myanmar in the jute/kenaf sector in view of the growing world consciousness of environment and the rising demand of jute goods in the world market. Pointing out the recent decline in jute cultivation in Myanmar, Mr. Singh cited the example of Bangladesh and India where jute cultivation increased by 18-22% in the recent years and expressed firm belief that Myanmar can also achieve the same growth by using high yield seed variety.  He assured that Myanmar has a great possibility in finding out opportunities to revitalize its jute and kenaf sector with the support of IJSG in the development of jute cultivation, modernization of jute industry, foreign direct investment and employment generation. Mr. Singh took the opportunity to show the short film ‘Jute – Its Promises’ to the Myanmar delegation.

 

The Deputy Minister remarked that the new government of Myanmar is emphasizing more on paddy than jute. He said, Myanmar has been growing jute since long but now most of the jute mills are functioning at less than 20% capacity /efficiency and jute fibre yield is very less too. Therefore, farmers are losing interest in growing jute.  He also mentioned that Myanmar needs market for its jute and jute products. H.E. U Khin Zaw appreciated IJSG’s efforts and was grateful for their advice. He said, Myanmar certainly has interest to grow jute and he believes if farmers are provided with High Yield Variety, then they will surely start growing jute again. Up-gradation/modernization of the industry is essential for the development of jute sector, he mentioned. He told that Myanmar has interest to become a member of IJSG and assured to discuss the issue of IJSG Membership with the Honorable Minister for further perusal.

 

The IJSG delegates met Mr. U Y╚ Phone Myint; the Managing Director and the high officials and experts of the Jute and Fiber Department (JFD) at its office in Yangon in the evening. The JFD representative made a presentation on the recent jute scenario including and its prospects and challenges. They identified lack of high yield variety as one of the major challenges for the jute sector.

 

Mr. Rajib Jones Mitra made a presentation on behalf of IJSG explaining IJSG’s mission and vision. He also explained how IJSG can support Myanmar for the development of its Jute sector. The JFD delegates clearly identified the need to join this global platform of Jute and allied natural fibres.

 

The delegation along with JFD representatives visited the Ma U Bin jute based paper mills the next day on October 08th to have an overall idea of functions and processes of the mills. The IJSG delegates were provided with papers of several qualities made from jute as samples.

 

The IJSG delegates had the opportunity to meet with H.E. Major Anup Kumar Chakma; Ambassador of Bangladesh to Myanmar, on October 06, 2011 at his residence at Yangon on a courtesy call where the secretary General discussed various issues including Myanmar Membership.

 
 

   

The IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh showing the video “Jute-its promises” to the Union Deputy Minister H.E. U Khin Zaw in his office

   

The IJSG delegates met with Jute and Fiber Department (JFD) Officials in Yangon at JFD Office.

       
   

The IJSG delegates along with JFD representatives visited Ma U Bin jute based paper mill

   

Mr. Bhupendra Singh, IJSG Secretary General  in a discussion with H.E. Major Anup Kumar Chakma, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Myanmar

 

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12th COP meeting of the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) held in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Twelfth meeting of the Committee on Projects (COP) of the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) was held at the IJSG Secretariat in Dhaka on September 29, 2011. Mrs. Shameema Sultana, Joint Secretary (Policy), Ministry of Textiles & Jute (MOTJ), chaired the program. Secretary General of IJSG Mr. Bhupendra Singh was present in the meeting along with representatives from member countries like European Union, India and Bangladesh. In addition representatives from Ministry of Textiles and Jute, Department of Jute, Jute Diversification Promotion Centre, Associate Members of IJSG and jute industry person were present to discuss status of ongoing and completed projects and also to consider the new project proposalsthat can effectively contribute in the future development of the jute sector.

 

In her welcome address Mrs. Shameema Sultana said that IJSG is playing a vital role in alleviating poverty through its projects. She, therefore, requested all participants to come up with constructive suggestions that will help effective implementation of the projects. She also described the importance of the jute sector for Bangladesh Government in brief.

 

IJSG Secretary General, Mr. Bhupendra Singh requested the industry representatives to come up with projects which will help the industry to overcome the constraints that the jute industry is facing now. In response to his request, BJMA Chairman, Mr. Nazmul Haq, expressed their interest to work together with IJSG in mass production and marketing of jute shopping bags.  In this context, Committee decided to formulate a project that will address the constraints and will cater to the need of the potential market. Among others, Senior Research Fellow of CPD, Dr. Moazzem Hossain appreciated the activities of IJSG. He emphasized on adopting a holistic approach to develop the market for jute.

 

Jute is considered as the 2nd most important natural fibre next to cotton. Diversified use of jute can open enormous opportunity for the jute growing countries. IJSG, currently working on several projects to promote jute production and its diversified use with eventual objective of poverty reduction.

 

Mr. Bhupendra Sing, IJSG Secretary General delivering welcome speech in the

opening session of the 12th COP meeting

 

   

Participants from Bangladesh Govt. and Associate Members of IJSG

   

Participants from Different organization like UNIDO, CIRDAP, CPD, JDPC etc.

       

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IJSG participates in Natural Fibre Pavillion in ITMA 2011 in Barcelona

ITMA - International Exhibition of Textile Machinery held on 22-29 September, 2011 at Fira de Barcelona Gran Via Barcelona, Spain. Marking 60 years since its first show in 1951, ITMA 2011 features the entire textile and garment making valuechain, including fibre and yarn which has been showcased for the very first time. 

The Secretary General of the International Jute Study Group (IJSG), Mr. Bhupendra Singh visited the Natural Fibre pavilion of the ITMA 2011 on September 23, 2011. The Natural Fibre pavilion was organized by the IJSG in collaboration with National Jute Board under Ministry of Textiles, Government of India to promote jute and jute products. The pavilion was inaugurated by the Chairperson of the IJSG Council Mrs. Rita Menon who is the Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The pavilion of jute attracted large number of visitors who showed keen interest in jute products.

Despite a challenging global economic climate, ITMA 2011 has attracted 1,350 exhibitors from 45 countries and economies to take part in the show. Net exhibition space totals 90,240 sqm.

 
 

   

Mr. Bhupendra Sing, IJSG Secretary General visiting the Natural Fibre Pavillion

   

visitors in the Natural Fibre Pavillion

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MOUC signed between IJSG and INF&MP

A Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation (MOUC) has been signed between the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) and Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants (INF&MP) on 21 September 2011 at INF&MP, Wojska Polskiego 71b, PL 60630 Poznan, Poland. Prof. Dr. Maria Wladyka-Przybylak, Deputy Director, INF&MP and Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General, IJSG have signed the MOUC on behalf of their respective organisations.

The main objectives of signing MOUC are to facilitate exchange of information, experiences, views, experts and to take up joint studies as well as action research programmes, generate information and documentation in related fields. Another important objective is to take up projects jointly particularly multi-country projects. Both the Parties are also agreed to organize exposure visit(s) and training programmes in the field of Jute, natural fibers and product development in areas of mutual interests and will conduct joint seminars, symposia and workshops.

Areas for joint cooperation between IJSG and INF&MP are but not limited to Joint study and action research/ pilot projects and activities, capacity building etc. in different areas of development of natural fibres with special emphasis on the fibres of particular interest to both the organisations.
 
 

   

Mr. Bhupendra Sing, IJSG Secretary General and Prof. Dr. Maria Wladyka-Przybylak, Deputy Director, INF&MP signing the MOU

   

IJSG Secretary General and Deputy Director, INF&MP handing over the MOU

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3rd Annual Planning and Coordination Meeting (PCM) of “Increased Production Efficiency in Small-Holder Kenaf Production Systems for Specific Industrial Applications” held in Dhaka

The 3rd Annual PCM of the four-year project entitled “Increased Production Efficiency in Small-Holder Kenaf Production Systems for Specific Industrial Applications” held during September 18-20, 2011 at IJSG Secretariat, Dhaka, Bangladesh. This Third Annual Planning and Coordination Meeting was held to:

present, review and discuss results and achievements of project activities undertaken by each of the project partners, and assess the individual and collective contributions towards the overall aims and objectives of the project;

  • identify  technical,  legal,  operational  administrative  and/or  financial  issues  impeding project progress and possible further implementation of project achievements;

  • review the overall project work plans and confirm revised work plan for 2011  and detailed work plan for 2012;

  • provide hands on information on recent project progress in Bangladesh; and

  • finally to realistically plan for the project activities guidelines and a binding work plan for the period Oct 2011 to Dec 2011 so as to be able to complete the project within the targeted period

The opening session of the meeting was chaired by Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General of IJSG. The donor representative, Mr. Sietse van der Werff, Senior Project Manager, Common Fund for Commodities (CFC); Dr. Rene Van Berkel, Chief, Cleaner & Sustainable Production Unit & Project Manager, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) from the Project Executing Agency; concerned officials of the supervisory body, International Jute Study Group (IJSG) and the representatives of the three project partners-Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI), Institute for Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP) and Institute of Bast Fibre Crops (IBFC) attended the important event. Dr. Md. Kamal Uddin, Director General, BJRI and Mr. Khandaker Mokhlesur Rahman, Executive Director, Jute Diversification Promotion Centre (JDPC) was also present.

The Director General, BJRI in his opening remarks expressed his gratitude to the donor of the project, CFC; the Project Executing Agency, UNIDO; and the supervisory body, IJSG for supporting BJRI in organising the meeting. He also briefed about the progress of the project activities implemented by BJRI. Dr. Berkel from UNIDO made a presentation on the present status of the project. He also explained how kenaf closely links to the new green concept in industrial applications termed “greening industries” and “creating green industries”. Mr. Sietse, the CFC representative, thanked IJSG and BJRI for hosting the 3rd annual coordination and planning meeting of the project. He hoped to discuss the present status, the identified bottlenecks and the administrative issues of the project in the meeting. In his opening remarks, he emphasized upon ensuring the applicable exchange of the R&D findings among the three partners during the project period. Prof. Jianguang from IBFC and Prof. Parida from INTROP also addressed the opening session with brief overview of the project activities implemented by China and Malaysia respectively.     

The Chairperson, Secretary General, IJSG welcomed all participants in the important review and planning meeting. He remarked that this versatile natural fibre, kenaf, has tremendous potential in the natural fibre sector and can be grown without the conjunction of jute. He also stated the effectual approaches of the project i.e., promoting Kenaf and its marketing and application linkages. He suggested for involving the stakeholders in every stage of the project. The Chairperson thanked the donor agency CFC for sponsoring and UNIDO for executing the project.   

The three day planning and coordination meeting also included a field visit to the Jute Agriculture Experimental Station (JAES) of BJRI at Manikgonj, Dhaka on September 19, 2011 and a wrap-up discussion meeting on September 20, 2011 at IJSG Secretariat, Dhaka.

 
 

   

Mr. Bhupendra Sing, IJSG Secretary General delivering welcome speech in the review and planning meeting

   

Participants from China and Malaysia

       
   

Dr. Rene Van Berkel, Chief, Cleaner & Sustainable Production Unit & Project Manager, UNIDO made a presentation on the present status of the project

   

The CFC representative Mr. Sietse van der Werff, Senior Project Manager delivering his speech in the review and planning meeting

 

Participants of the review and planning meeting

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IJSG Secretary General meets the Deputy Head of Mission of Embassy of Brazil in Dhaka

The IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh met Mr. Felipe Krause, the Deputy Head of Mission of Embassy of Brazil at his office in Dhaka to discuss the issue of Membership of Brazil to IJSG on September 12, 2011 and other jute related matters.

With a warm greeting Mr. Singh started the dialogue and explained the background, objectives, ongoing activities and the vision of IJSG. He explained the importance of jute and the reasons for the recent revival of Jute as a preferred eco friendly alternative to polythene and other synthetic materials.  Brazil was one of the major producers of jute in 70’s. He pointed out the recent resurgence of jute in Brazil as evident in the form of some new jute mills which are recently already established in Brazil. He appreciated Government of Brazil’s keen interest in patronizing the jute sectors. He said IJSG is the only ICB of jute and allied natural fibres which work for promotion of jute sector to address the issues relating to jute economy. Mr. Singh explained how Brazil could be benefited by being a member of IJSG and how a big country like Brazil can play an important role to promote jute at international level for sustainable development.

Mr. Singh said that, jute is the best alternative for saving the world environment from the menace of polyethylene and other synthetic materials. As the use of polyethylene shopping bags have already been banned in some cities of Brazil there is a huge potential for jute bags as an alternative.

Mr. Singh also elaborated on the diversified applications of jute apart from traditional bags and packaging. Jute has become a fashion icon to the new generation. Most importantly, Brazil will host the XXXI Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and jute can be an important substitute for synthetic materials to make this huge event environment friendly thus making Brazil an icon for Green Olympic. IJSG can support Brazil in this regard said by the Secretary General.

Mr. Felipe Krause appreciated IJSG’s vision and activities. He also expressed his concern regarding threat of polythene posed on environment. He understood the need of addressing the issues and necessity to find a suitable alternative for polythene. Mr. Krause was keen to know the historical background of IJO and Brazil’s participation. He was asked for the voting procedure and contribution process for the members. Mr. Singh invited H.E the Ambassador of Brazil as an observer with a formal letter to IJSG’s thirteenth council session scheduled to be held on November 03-05, 2011 at IJSG secretariat.

Mr. Krause uttered an assurance to discuss the issue with the Ambassador and convey the message to the Brazilian government for necessary action. By the meantime he would be happy to participate in IJSG’s council sessions and events to have a better idea for further persuasion of Membership issue with appropriate authority.

Mr. Debrair Izaias da Silva; the Vice Consul, Commercial AttachÚ, Mr. Rajib Jones Mitra; Secretary, IJSG and Mrs. Andera Chikako; Administrative assistant, Brazil Embassy were also present in the meeting.

 

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IJSG International Training Programme for Skill Development of Jute Industry Personnel inaugurated by Textiles and Jute Secretary, Bangladesh

The International Training Programme for Skill Development of Supervisors and Technologists of Jute Industry, organised by International Jute Study Group (IJSG), has been inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Md. Ashraful Moqbul, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles and Jute (MOTJ), Government of Bangladesh at the IJSG Secretariat, Dhaka, Bangladesh on September 4, 2011. In view of the dearth of trained man power who can play a significant role in properly and effectively managing the resources, improving the productivity and lowering the conversion cost, IJSG has taken initiative to organise this training programme in Bangladesh for the second time. The training programme includes two modules: Spinning and Weaving. The training on Spinning will be held during September 4-8, 2011 and the training on Weaving will be held during September 11-14, 2011. The training is being imparted by the faculty members of the Department of Jute and Fibre Technology, Institute of Jute Technology (IJT), University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India.

 

In the opening ceremony Prof. (Dr.) Sunil Kumar Sett, Head of the Department of Jute and Fibre Technology, thanked IJSG for organising this important training for jute mills personnel again. He said that this training has the scope to improve skills of all from managerial to supervisor level. He also stated that the similar programme is being conducted by IJT in Kolkata, India under Jute Technology Mission. He remarked that they will disseminate the progresses achieved recently and discuss the current condition of the jute industry in Bangladesh and India through the training programme. He hoped that this training will develop the skills of the participants in a better way to ensure the sustainability of the jute industry.

 

Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General of IJSG, welcomed the Chief Guest, Faculty members of IJT and all the Participants from various industries. He thanked Govt. of Bangladesh and IJT, India and the industries who provided their supports to organise the training for the second time. He also remarked that IJSG was expecting to have trainees from neighboring countries i.e., India, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar and Thailand. In the first training, there were seven participants from Pakistan. The Secretary General requested the Chief Guest, Secretary, Ministry of Textile and Jute, Bangladesh to consider more contribution as IJSG may organise this kind of skill development training three to four times a year. He also requested the trainers to get the evaluation/feedbacks from the trainees at the end of the training so as to improve the training module and for other necessary amendments in future.

 

The Chief Guest, Mr. Md. Ashraful Moqbul, Secretary, MOTJ, Bangladesh appreciated IJSG for organising the similar novel training for the jute industry personnel for the second-time in Bangladesh. He said that this is very encouraging that the industries felt the necessity of the training and actively participating in this training programme again. He also commented about the training module as it is divided into two significant parts: Spinning and Weaving. The Secretary, MOTJ suggested organising similar training programme in Kolkata, India as the participants may share the knowledge and be acquainted with the latest applications in Indian jute industry. He requested the jute industries/ associations/ corporations to consider raising their contribution towards jute R&D which will also help IJSG to organise more skill development programme like this in future. He remarked that IJSG may not be able to continue these kinds of trainings without having contributions from others or the participating industries. He also suggested to get the training feedbacks from the participants to know their views on the training.

 
 

   

Ashraful Moqbul, Secretary,  Ministry of Textiles and Jute, Govt. of Bangladesh inaugurate the training programe.

   

Participants of the Training Programme for Skill Development of Personnel of Jute Industry

 

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MOU signed between IJSG and NCDPD, India  for sustainable employment in sub continent

In the presence of Smt. Rita Menon, Secretary,  Textiles, Government of India, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between National Centre for Design and Product Development (NCDPD), set up by Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, and International Jute Study Group (IJSG), Bangladesh, set up by UNCTAD, on collaboration and coordination between these two organisations for enhancing product and design development in jute sector for providing sustainable value-based employment in India and Bangladesh at 5.30 pm on July 29 2011 at Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi.

 

The MOU was signed by Shri S.S Gupta, Chairman, NCDPD & Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) from the NCDPD and Shri Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General, IJSG from the IJSG.

 

Smt.  Menon, who is also Chairperson of IJSG, appreciated the efforts of these two organisations and said that more such initiatives should be made to enhance the promotion of Jute industry in the subcontinent. She also said that establishment of better infrastructure of the jute sector will lead to sustainable developmental, the need of the hour.

 

Through this MOU, IGSG will provide support towards development of new /attractive designs and products through human resources development / advanced training programmes for the entrepreneurs/ exporters/artisans etc. of the Jute Diversified Product sector, whereas NCPD will make available the necessary designers, experts for development and implementation of joint activities in the field of jute, kenaf and other natural fibres sectors.

 

The MOU shall endeavor to strengthen the collaborative research and design training activities on sustainable employment and livelihood opportunities and promote exchange of information through Workshops, meetings and publications relating to jute, kenaf and allied fibres. The association shall further benefit other 30 member countries also.

 

The MOU recognizes IJSG’s broader role in global networking and supporting activities in Jute, Kenaf and Allied fibre production, genetic resources, socioeconomic issues, information and human resource development, product manufacturing, marketing and processing which can complement the activities that the NCDPD undertakes in the area of the generation of sustainable employment and livelihood opportunities through its design intervention and product development using natural fibres apart from other media. Therefore, NCDPD and IJSG, through this MOU, will collaborate in ensuring that interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary activities are well coordinated to achieve greatest positive impact on the development of the sector in India. NCDPD will work with, support and complement IJSG in its work on social, economic and environmental aspects of jute and allied fibres.

 

 

In the presence of Smt. Rita Menon, Secretary,  Textiles, Government of India, Mr. Bhupendra Sing, IJSG Secretary General and Mr. S.S Gupta, Chairman, NCDPD signing the MOU

 
 

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MOUC signed between IJSG and CIRDAP

A Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation (MOUC) has been signed between the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) and the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) on 27 July 2011 at the IJSG Headquarter, 145 Monipuripara, Tejgaon, Dhaka – 1215, Bangladesh. Mr. Durga P. Paudyal, Director General, CIRDAP and Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General, IJSG have signed the MOUC on behalf of their respective organisation.

Both CIRDAP and IJSG realise that joint and complementary efforts through both parties research and action research  work related with poverty alleviation and rural development can make more effective contributions to rural development and basic needs assistance to poor people in the region than they could through independent actions. Now, therefore, the two organisations, CIRDAP and IJSG have entered into an MOUC as partners in development actions as and where feasible to combine their strength towards synergic effect in implementing projects of mutual interest.

Areas for fruitful joint cooperation are but not limited to joint study and action research/pilot projects activities, capacity building, exposure study visit and also information sharing and exchange of ideas, initiating innovative action research/pilot projects, project monitoring and evaluation, identifying mutually beneficial project activities, submission of joint proposal for projects in different areas of development, poverty alleviation, disaster management, etc.

 
 

   

Mr. Bhupendra Sing, IJSG Secretary General delivering welcome speech in the meeting of signing ceremony

   

Participants from CIRDAP

       
   

MOUC has been signed between the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) and the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP)

   

CIRDAP Officials visited IJSG Display centre

 

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Preliminary Meeting of Needs Assessment for the Training on "Design and Product Development of Jute Diversified Product (JDP)” held in Dhaka

International Jute Study Group (IJSG) is planning to organise an international training programme on Design and Product Development of Jute Diversified Product (JDP) especially on Jute Bags in Dhaka, Bangladesh for the jute Entrepreneurs /Exporters /Artisans. The training is to be conducted through the National Centre for Design & Product Development (NCDPD), India, an important organisation for design & product development under the Handicrafts Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.

IJSG hold a brief preliminary meeting with the experts and designers of the NCDPD to assess and determine the needs of a training programme for the interested entrepreneurs /exporters/artisans of Bangladesh jute sector. The preliminary meeting was held on July 18, 2011, Monday at 10:30 am at IJSG premises, 145, Monipuripara, Tejgaon (near Farmgate), Dhaka 1215. The two Designers from NCDPD presented two presentations on design concept of diversified jute products.

Officials from Jute Industry, Handicrafts and Diversified product manufacturing organisation of Bangladesh participated in the preliminary meeting to asses the specific needs for training on JDP design and technology. Participants from different organisation expressed their keen interest on training programme on Design and Product Development of Jute Diversified Product (JDP). They talked about their requirement in which area they required training. The IJSG noted their comments for finalising the training curriculum.

 

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Meeting with Govt. Delegates from Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Union of Myanmar held in Dhaka

A five member Govt. Delegation of Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Union of Myanmar visited the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) Secretariat and met the IJSG Officials on June 30, 2011 to discuss various issues relating to production, market price and trade of jute. The Myanmar Delegates were visiting Bangladesh to study the current jute situation.

The Myanmar Delegation headed by Mr. Soe Win, General Manager, Jute and Fibre Department, Myanmar Industrial Crops Development Enterprise, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, was composed of Mr. Ye Win, Deputy General Manager,  Ms. Dr. Yi Yi Cho, Manager, Mr. Saw Hla Tun, Manager and Ms. Swe Mon Aung, Assistant Manager.

The main objective of the meeting was to develop a prospective cooperation between the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) and the Union of Myanmar for the growth of jute production in Myanmar and strengthening the activities of IJSG.

The Delegates expressed that Myanmar Govt. has set up a guideline to increase the jute and kenaf production in Myanmar. In line with the new guideline/policy, Myanmar intends to utilize the latest jute cultivation and production systems and technologies through IJSG to increase jute and kenaf production in future.

Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General of the IJSG suggested that as Myanmar has 12 Govt. jute and kenaf Mills, the Govt. may think of opening more opportunities for Investment either in Myanmar or in the Member Countries of IJSG.

The SG, IJSG also explained to them the privileges and benefits of being a Member of IJSG. The membership opens a plethora of learning and sharing opportunities towards the development of expertise on jute and kenaf fibre production and processing. It will also provide an opportunity to undertake projects and activities on different important areas/issues relating to jute and kenaf and participate in the international meeting/ seminar/ workshop/ symposium/ training/fair/exhibition of jute and Jute Diversified Products (JDP) through IJSG’s initiative. The members will have access to the technologies generated through IJSG Projects and activities and could avail of the facilities of trade offer and online trading options, and international internship for students. SG requested Myanmar delegation to consider the country membership of IJSG.

The delegates also made a presentation on “Agricultural Development and natural fibre production in Myanmar” while the IJSG Secretariat presented a video on Jute – “Jute its Promises”. The Delegation has also visited the Display Centre and the Photo and Art Gallery of the IJSG. 

Dr. Latifa Binte Lutfar, Operations Officer (In Charge F&AO) and Mr. Md. Siddiqur Rahman, Consultant (Operations) of the IJSG took part in the discussion.

 
 

   

Mr. Bhupendra Sing, IJSG Secretary General in a meeting with the Myanmar Delegation

   

one Myanmar delegate (left) presenting a paper on Agricultural Development and natural fibre production in Myanmar”

       
   

Mr. Soe Win, General Manager, Jute and Fibre Department, Myanmar Industrial Crops Development Enterprise, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation presenting gift to the IJSG Secretary General

   

Myanmar Delegates visited IJSG Display centre and Photo & Art Gallery. They were very happy to find various Myanmar jute product in the display center

 

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World Environment Day Celebration of IJSG Held

To celebrate the World Environment Day (WED) the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) has organised a special programme with the theme of “Jute and Environment” on 18 June 2011, Saturday at the IJSG Secretariat, 145 Monipuripara, Tejgaon, Dhaka - 1215.

Mr. A. S. M. Shahidullah Khan, Publisher & Chairman, Editorial Board, New Age addressed and inaugurated the programme with tree plantation in the IJSG premises as the Guest of Honour. Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General, International Jute Study Group, Chaired the event. Dignitaries and stakeholders, principals representatives of schools, parents and participants were present at the event.

To mark the day, the IJSG has organised a nationwide essay, painting and debate competitions for different age groups. About 100 participants of 45 schools, colleges and universities from all over the country participated in the competition.

Prof. Dr. Arifa Rahman, Director, Institute of Modern Languages, University of Dhaka and      Dr. Abdun Noor Tushar, President, Bangladesh Debate Federation and Mr. Hossein Shahbaz, Director (Pilot Projects), CIRDAP were present at the event as adjudicator for the debate competition.

Renowned painters Prof. Naima Haque, Dept. of Graphics Design, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka and Mr. Md. Enamul Huq, Associate Professor, Dept. of Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka judged the competition on behalf of IJSG.

The celebration started at 10:00 am in the morning with painting and debate competition. Award distribution ceremony was held at 12:30 pm. All participants were provided with a certificate and a sapling to encourage tree plantation for the sake of our environment and our earth.

 
 

   

Little painters are performing in painting competition

   

one of the debater performing in debate competition

       
   

Mr. A. S. M. Shahidullah Khan, Publisher & Chairman, Editorial Board, New Age inaugurated the programme with tree plantation in the IJSG premises as the Guest of Honour

   

participants were awarded with a certificate, crest and a sapling to encourage tree plantation for the sake of our environment and our earth

 

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International Seminar on Jute, Kenaf & Allied Fibres Research & Development held at Dhaka

International Jute Study Group (IJSG) organised an “International Seminar on Strengthening of Collaboration for Jute, Kenaf & Allied Fibres Research and Development” in collaboration with Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) on 08-09 June 2011. The theme of the seminar was ‘Creation of Synergies through Cooperation in Research–Production–Market’. The Inauguration ceremony of the Seminar held at the Carnival Hall, Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC), Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 08 June 2011 at 10:00 am.

Mr. Abdul Latif Siddique, Hon’ble Minister for Textiles and Jute, Government of Bangladesh addressed and inaugurated the Seminar as Chief Guest. Mr. Md. Ashraful Moqbul, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles & Jute, Government of Bangladesh chaired the inaugural session.

Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General, IJSG, Mr. Sietse van der Werff of CFC, HE Mr. William Hanna, Ambassador of EU Delegation to Bangladesh, HE Mr. Rajeet Mitter, High Commissioner of India, Dhaka, were present at the seminar. Ambassadors, Dignitaries, resource persons and large number of stakeholders along with representatives from the policy level, industry, entrepreneurs, handicrafts and diversified sector of jute and kenaf from home and abroad were also present in the seminar.

Three keynote speakers from Bangladesh, India and Malaysia presented their speeches during the session. The seminar consisted of six technical sessions where resource persons form Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Poland, UK and USA, presented around 38 papers and 17 posters on different segments of Jute, Kenaf and allied fibres.

The second day of the seminar held at the IJSG Secretariat. The seminar has ended with concluding session where participants taken part in the open discussions from which a set of valuable recommendations has been emerged on future R&D collaboration along with important issues there on.

 
 
 

Mr. Abdul Latif Siddique, Hon’ble Minister for Textiles and Jute, Government of Bangladesh addressing in the Seminar as Chief Guest

 
 

 

participants in the R&D Seminar

 

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The Celebration of World Environment Day of IJSG Postponed

The Celebration of World Environment Day (WED) of the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) with the theme “Jute and Environment” scheduled on 05 June 2011, Sunday at the IJSG Conference Hall has been temporarily postponed due to unavoidable situation. The event has been rescheduled for 18 June 2011, Saturday at the IJSG Secretariat, 145 Monipuripara, Tejgaon, Dhaka - 1215.

To mark the day, the IJSG has taken initiatives to organise a nationwide essay, painting and debate competition in different age groups. About 90 participants of 45 schools, colleges and universities from all over the country are going to participate in the competition. Renowned painters and debaters will judge the competition on behalf of IJSG. The celebration will start at 9:30 am in the morning with painting and debate competition. Award distribution ceremony will be held at 12:00 pm.

Concerned participants and invitees are requested to attend the programme on 18 June 2011 accordingly.

 

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Twelfth Session of the Council of the IJSG ends at Dhaka

The two-day Twelfth Session of the Council of the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) held at its Secretariat in Dhaka ended on May 17, 2011. Ms. Rita Menon, Chairperson, Council of IJSG & Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India chaired the session.

The Council, the highest authority of the IJSG discussed establishment matters as well as administrative and financial matters of the Group. A series of important issues including membership of the Group, development of market for jute products, assessment of world jute situation and other related matters were discussed during the Session. The secretariat released a publication entitled “Jute Matter” containing information of all aspects of Jute which is believed to be an interesting source of reference. It was decided that IJSG should continue initiatives and keep the concerned people/stakeholders informed in future also.

A new modified website of the IJSG – www.jute.org has been launched by the Chairperson of the Council Ms. Rita Menon, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. A number of new sections like World Jute News, World Jute Profile, Trade Offers, Investment opportunities, International Partnership, Core Activities etc. have been included in the modified website.

Ms. Rita Menon, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India was re-elected as Chairperson and Mr. Andrew Barnard, First Secretary, Delegation of European Union to Bangladesh was elected as Vice-Chairman of the IJSG Council for the jute year 2011/2012.

All Members of IJSG - Bangladesh, India, Switzerland, and European Union representing its 27 Member States attended the Session. Representatives of Associate Members from Bangladesh, and India were present during the meeting. Representatives of FAO, CIRDAP, UNIDO, SAARC Agricultural Centre (SAC), China, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam also attended the session as Observers.
 
 

   

Chairman of the Council of IJSG speaking at its Seventh Session. Secretary General and Head of Member Countries delegation are also present in the dais.

   

Delegation of Bangladesh in Twelfth Council Session

       
   

The IJSG publication - "Jute Matters" has been formally released in the Session

   

The Chairperson of the Council Ms. Rita Menon launched the new modified website of the IJSG - www.jute.org

       
   

Delegation of India in Twelfth Council Session

   

Representative of China, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam were present as observer

 

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IJSG Secretary General meets Head of Delegation of EU in Bangladesh

The IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh met His Excellency Mr. William Hanna, Ambassador, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh at his office in Dhaka on May 4, 2011.

Mr. Singh warmly greeted Mr. Hanna for assuming the office of the European Union to Bangladesh.

Mr. Hanna mentioned that he has childhood memories of jute and expressed his concern on usage of more natural fibre products all over the world. Mr. Hanna expressed his hope that Mr. Singh, would show admirable performance and take suitable steps for continuation of the Group for the growth of the world jute economy and promote generic image of jute in the global market.

Mr. Singh on his part introduced Mr. Hanna about the activities of IJSG and said that the group is trying its best to rebuild the image of jute and play a vital role in poverty alleviation and income generating as well as empowerment through its various project activities. He also mentioned the various positive steps taken by the Government in Bangladesh. He sought all cooperation from the Ambassador as well as his mission.

Mr. Md. Faruque Hossain, Finance & Administrative Officer of the IJSG was present during the discussion.
 
 
 

Mr. Bhupendra Singh (right), IJSG Secretary General discussing with  Mr. William Hanna, Ambassador, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh

 

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Seminar on Eco-labeling and Disposal Protocol for Jute Products and Jute Shopping Bag held in Dhaka

A day-long Seminar on “Eco-labeling and Disposal Protocol for Jute Products and Jute Shopping Bag” was held at the IJSG Conference Room at 10:00 am on Sunday, April 10, 2011.

 

Mr. Ashraful Moqbul, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles & Jute, Government of Bangladesh has addressed and inaugurated the Seminar as the Guest of Honour. Mr. T.D. Mitra, Chairman, Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) was also present as Guest of Honour. Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General, International Jute Study Group, Chaired the Inaugural Session.

 

The Secretary General welcomed the participants and remarked that two important points have developed in the jute sector. One is high price of jute which is positive but other one is competition from other fibres. He also remarked that international compliances about eco-friendliness have to be followed for expansion of market share of jute.

 

Mr. T.D. Mitra thanked IJSG for holding such a seminar on important issues relating to jute.

 

Mr. Ashraful Moqbul, the Secretary, remarked that there is no doubt about the eco friendliness of jute products. He also mentioned the consciousness of the western countries regarding the Greenhouse Gas Emission and hoped that jute products will meet the requirements of the consumers.

 

The seminar was held in two business sessions having several key speakers from both Bangladesh and India. All sections of stakeholders on the subject were present at the seminar.

 

It was recommended in the seminar that a committee will be formed with the experts from the industry of Bangladesh and India to examine the various related issues of eco labelling and disposal protocol and suggest appropriate ways and means to implement it.

 

It was also recommended that BJMC and Bangladesh Jute Mills Association (BJMA) will take appropriate initiative for large scale production and marketing of the jute bags abroad. BJMC will supply raw materials to small entrepreneurs for production of jute shopping bags. It was further recommended that entrepreneurs who export shopping bags should get incentive for their export.

 

   

Ashraful Moqbul, Secretary,  ministry of Textiles and Jute, Govt. of Bangladesh speaking at the inaugural session of the Seminar

   

key speakers from both Bangladesh and India presented papers in the Seminar

       
   

Discussion in the business session

   

Some of the participants of the Seminar

 

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International Seminar on Jute, Kenaf and Allied Fibres R&D - A Joint Effort of IJSG and CFC to be held on June 8-9, 2011 in Dhaka

A two-day International Seminar on Strengthening of Collaboration for Jute, Kenaf and Allied Fibres Research and Development - A joint effort of International Jute Study Group (IJSG) and the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) has been scheduled to be held on June 8-9, 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 

This International Seminar aims at attracting participants mainly from the scientific community, industry, associations, NGOs, members of the commercial sectors and policy makers from different countries concerning natural fibre crop. A total of about 80 participants are expected to attend the technical sessions.

 

As India and Bangladesh are the two major jute producing countries, Research & development activities and studies on jute are primarily concentrated in India and. However, a number of Government and private sector institutions are engaged in Research, Development, Production and Marketing of the JAF fibre crops in China, Malaysia, Thailand and also some other countries of the world. These researches and studies are being done on different aspects of the fibre and end uses & products, but there is hardly any sharing / exchange of knowledge or expertise. It goes without saying that there is bound to be some duplicity and overlapping. Integration of knowledge and coordinated research on the other hand can synergize knowledge and lead to major break- through. No such effort has been made in the past.

 

The theme of the Seminar is to strengthen international collaboration for research and development activities in different fields of the JAF crops and products throughout the world; identify the actual areas and needs for R&D; and to develop suitable future programmes in more coordinated way for the improvement of the JAF sector.

 

To obtain insight in the key driver at research in the field of JAF development and their uses, and to identify synergies through possible joint activities towards strengthening the link between research, product development and market uptake are the main goals.

 

The specific objectives of the seminar are:

  • To link Research-Production-Market based on the present state of R&D.

  • To integrate, share and exchange knowledge and expertise of scientists/ researchers / experts from key organisations, academic institutions, leading universities, industries, involved in jute, kenaf & allied fibre development.

  • To avoid duplication of R&D activities.To explore possibilities of collaborative R&D by pooling in resources, knowledge and efforts based on the Industry / consumers’ requirements.

  • Consensus identification of the areas and institutions for developing future collaborative R&D activities.

  • To find out ways for application, extension and effective utilisation of R&D results/ outcome.

  • To bridge the gaps & develop a synergy among the scientists/ researchers, industry & consumers.

  • To develop a consumers model for encouraging investment on R&D activities.

  • To prepare a ground for public private partnership in R&D simplifying the procedures for sharing results/outcome.

 

Tentative Programme

 

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Twelfth Session of the Council of the IJSG to be held in Dhaka on     May 16-17,  2011

The two day long Twelfth Session of the Council of the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) will be held at its Secretariat in Dhaka during May 16-17, 2011.

The Session will be inaugurated by Ms. Rita Menon, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India & Chairperson of the Council of the IJSG. All Members of IJSG - Bangladesh, India, Switzerland, and European Union (EU) will be attending the Session. EU will be representing its 27 Member States. This meeting is also open to all Associate Members and Observers of IJSG. 

The Council, the highest authority of the IJSG will discuss a number of important issues like budget, World jute situation, Market development and other policy, Finance and administrative matters. A new publication of the IJSG “Jute Matters” will be released formally in this session of the Council.

 

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IJSG Delegation visits Malaysia during March 01–03, 2011

Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General, and Dr. Latifa Binte Lutfar, Operations Officer, International Jute Study Group (IJSG) visited Malaysia during 01-03 March 2011. As Supervisory Body of the CFC/IJSG project entitled “Increased Production Efficiency in Small-holder Kenaf Production Systems for Specified Industrial Applications” the IJSG delegation visited the Pascorp Paper Industries Bhd. at Pahang, Malaysia, one of the industrial partners of the project on 01 March 2011. The Managing Director of the industry Dato' Mas'ut A. Samah, welcomed the IJSG delegates. A PP presentation on the industry profile & its activities was made and a mill visit was conducted by the Lab / Quality Assurance Manager Rozlin Breg. Samin Taib and Asst. Manager, Mohd Yusaf B. Hussain. There had been discussions on different aspects of paper production including possible use of kenaf as the raw material as envisaged in the above mentioned kenaf germplasm project.

 

IJSG delegation led by the Secretary General met Mr. Mohamad Sanuri Shahid, Under Secretary, Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC), Malaysia on 02 March 2011. Mr. Ahmad Loman, Director General, National Kenaf and Tobacco Board (NKTB) and the INTROP team led by Prof. Dr. Paridah, Director were present in the meeting. The issues of mutual interest including IJSG membership of Malaysia, status of implementation of the CFC/IJSG kenaf project, activities and future plan of IJSG among others, were discussed in the meeting.

 

The Secretary General and Operations Officer were conducted a visit of the Biocomposites Lab and Pulp & Paper Lab of INTROP followed by a meeting with Dr. Paridah, Director of INTROP, and her team of researchers at INTROP. The IJSG delegation was apprised of the current activities and implementation status of the Kenaf Germplasm project by the concerned scientists through presentations. The constraints that are hindering smooth implementation of the project were brought to the notice of the IJSG officials with a request for their necessary intervention.

 

A brief courtesy visit was made by the Secretary General & Operations Officer of IJSG to meet Mr. Dato’ Radin Umar, Vice Chancellor, UPM in the morning of 03 March 2011. Prof. Paridah, Director, INTROP also accompanied the IJSG delegates in the visit.

 

 

The IJSG Secretary General Mr. Bhupendra Singh and Dr. Latifa Binte Lutfar, Operations Officer visiting the Pascorp Paper Industries Bhd. at Pahang, Malaysia

   

Bhupendra Singh, Secretary general  and Operations Officer of the International Jute Study Group met Mr. Mohamad Sanuri Shahid, Under Secretary, Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Malaysia

 
 
 

The IJSG Delegation visits the Biocomposites Lab and Pulp & Paper Lab of INTROP

   

The IJSG Delegation with INTROP Staff

 
 
 

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Workshop on Gender Sensitization in Jute Sector – Bangladesh held at IJSG

 

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The International Jute Study Group (IJSG) organised an “Interactive Workshop: Gender Sensitization in Jute Sector – Bangladesh” in its Conference Room at 145, Monipuripara, Tejgaon (near Farmgate), Dhaka-1215 on Thursday, February 24, 2011.

 

Mr. Md. Ashraful Moqbul, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles and Jute, Government of Bangladesh inaugurated the day-long Workshop as the Chief Guest. Mr. Bhupendra Singh, the IJSG Secretary General was the Chairperson of the workshop.

 

Mr. Tariq-ul-Islam, Secretary, Ministry of Women & Children Affairs, Govt. of Bangladesh, Bibi Russel, Founder - Bibi Productions, UNESCO Special Envoy & Artist for Peace and UNAIDS Ambassador were present as Guests of Honour and addressed the inaugural Session.

 

Chief Guest said “Now time has come to evaluate the work of women in jute sector as they are playing an important role in this sector. He further remarked that “The women’s involvement in the jute sector in Bangladesh is increasing and we need to involve more women in the whole supply chain of jute from general worker to factory owner.

 

Mr. Bhupendra Singh, IJSG Secretary General said “IJSG is mandated to help empowerment of women involved in the jute sector. No country can progress without carrying along half of its population, women towards the goal of empowerment and development”. He further mentioned “The mill sector should enter into making shopping bags by engaging more women and repeat the success story of RMG sector”.

 

The Guests of Honour addressing the session appreciated the initiative taken by the IJSG to highlight the women in jute sector.

 

Ashraful Moqbul, Secretary,  ministry of Textiles and Jute, Govt. of Bangladesh speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural session of the workshop

Dr. Latifa Binte Lutfar, Operations Officer, delivered the opening remarks in the session where Mr. Faruque Hossain, Finance and Administrative Officer, delivered the vote of thanks on behalf of IJSG.

 

The main objective of the Workshop was to assemble women engaged in different capacities in the whole supply chain of jute sector from cultivation, post harvest activities, industrial processing, product manufacturing in organised / Small & Medium Enterprises (SME)/ handicraft sector, Research & Development up to marketing / trading, etc. to explore the contribution of women in the jute sector, challenges they face and weakness in the policy areas, and to raise awareness among the stakeholders about the contribution of all concerned in the development of the jute sector irrespective of gender. Many recommendations were obtained from deliberations and discussions/interactions among the participant. IJSG took note of the important observation/suggestion/recommendation and would develop action plan, programme and future strategies towards achieving one most important objective of IJSG – Woman Empowerment with the support of respective government.

 

Ten Presentations were made by mainly women representatives from different fields of jute. A large number of women participated in the workshop along with representatives from the Govt./policy level, industry, entrepreneurs, R&D Organisations, handicrafts and jute diversified sector etc.

 

Participants of the workshop

 
 

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International Jute Fair ends in Dhaka

 

A three-day international jute fair ends in Dhaka on January 29, 2011 Saturday at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC). The fair was organised with a view to promoting diversified jute products made by Bangladesh and India. International Jute Study Group (IJSG) has organised the first-ever such fair in association with National Jute Board (NJB), India & Jute Diversification and Promotion Centre (JDPC), Bangladesh to promote jute products.


Ten (10) selected exhibitors from Bangladesh and five (5) from India under the umbrella of JDPC and NJB participated in the fair to showcase their best-quality jute products. Bangladeshi exhibitors under JDPC are: Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC), Suchili Jute Multi Products (BD) Limited, Creation Private Limited, The Source, Corr – The Jute Works, Peerless Enterprise, Bengal Braided Rugs Limited, Union Trading Co. Ltd., Shohag Jute & Handicrafts and Evan’s Products Pvt. Limited. Md. Tajul Islam, a well known Tapestry artist of Bangladesh also displayed some of his work in the exhibition. The Indian exhibitors under NJB are: Indian Jute Industries Research Association (IJIRA), Birla Corporation Ltd., NSV Export, Pro Jute & Bapu Marketing Group.

More than 6,000 people visited the fair in three days. Buyers from different countries like Canada, England, France, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sri Lanka and USA visited the fair and showed their interest for trade. Some exhibitors informed that some of their orders are already under process.

Textiles and Jute Secretary Md Ashraful Moqbul inaugurated the exposition styled International Jute Fair at a ceremony at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. Speaking as the chief guest, Ashraful Moqbul said that the biodegradable natural fibre-jute is not only used in making sacks, but also in automobile industry. "I was told during a recent overseas trip that the jute would soon be used in the automobile industry in a big way. So, jute is coming up again." He also said. "India and Bangladesh should work together in popularising uses of jute products."


IJSG Secretary General Bhupendra Singh remarked that the future of jute and jute products is bright. "But we have to set target where we want to go and how to achieve our target". He further said that now a days jute products are a preferred choice of global consumers due to its environment-friendly nature. "We have to go for diversification, more and more" he further added.


Andrew Barnard, first secretary of EU Delegation in Bangladesh appreciated IJSG’s effort for organizing such an international fair showcasing best of the innovative jute products produced in Bangladesh and India. He said that the jute and jute goods have a huge demand in the EU market as the products are environment-friendly. He further said that at least 40 million farmers of Bangladesh would be benefited directly from this sector and it has a huge prosperity.

Atri Bhattacharya, Secretary of National Jute Board, India, said that the world's major two jute-producing countries, India and Bangladesh, should work together to change the people's perception about the products made up of natural fibre. "We have to re-brand our products," he added.

JDPC Executive Director Khandaker Mokhlesur Rahman said that the country's jute-based industries have grown recently, providing jobs to hundreds of thousands of people. "The world is increasingly growing conscious about harmful polythene and other products, and looking at jute products as alternative.


A fashion show (by Mr. Emdad Hoque) of jute products and fabrics has also been organized by the IJSG on first two days (January 27 & 28).

 

 

Ashraful Moqbul, Secretary of Textiles and Jute ministry, Bangladesh speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of “International Jute Fair”

   

Bhupendra Singh, Secretary general of the International Jute Study Group speaking at the inaugural ceremony of “International Jute Fair”

 
 
 

Chief Guest and Special Guests visited the jute fair

   

Peoples are visiting jute fair

 
 
 

Models are displaying jute products in fashion show organized by the IJSG on first two days of the event

 
 

Newspaper Coverings

 

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Secretary General attend DNFI Meeting at Frankfurt

Secretary General attended the meeting of Discover Natural Fibers Initiative (DNFI) at Frankfurt on January 11, 2011. During the discussions, a wide spectrum of issues were raised by the Secretary General including the location of the Secretariat of DNFI, the efforts for building upon the website of DNFI already launched during the International Year on Natural Fibers (IYNF) and the need for having at least two meetings of the DNFI every year in the future to make the initiative more effective. He also raised the issues of the future course of action, the relationship with FAO and CFC, the need to draft an Action Plan for the futures and mobilizing resources etc.

 

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