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Report of the Inaugural General Assembly of IFOAM Asia

Members of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) met in the Republic of Korea for the Inaugural General Assembly of IFOAM Asia.

Picture: Jennifer Chang, IFOAM Asia

The newly elected IFOAM Asia board (from left to right): Manoj Menon (India), Rasdi Wangsa (Indonesia), Zhou Zejiang (China), Suh Chong Hyuk (Korea), Shaikh Hossain (Bangladesh), Patrick Belisario (Philippines) and Ashish Gupta (India).

Picture: Jennifer Chang, IFOAM Asia

General Assembly

Picture: Jennifer Chang, IFOAM Asia

The participants of the Inaugural General Assembly

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The Inaugural General Assembly of IFOAM Asia was held on June 28th, 2013 at the Namyangju Organic Agricultural Science Museum, in the Republic of Korea.

A total of 73 members were present (including proxy participation) and this amounted to 86% of the membership being present at this historic event. A total of 11 countries in Asia were presented at the event with half of the participants being from outside Korea.

The VIPs to the opening ceremony included Global IFOAM President Andre Leu and the Ex-Minister of Agriculture from Korea, Mr Kim Sung Hoon.

The participants unanimously voted for Mr Katsu Murayama (President of IFOAM Japan) to be the Chairperson of the General Assembly while the role of Parliamentarian was graciously accepted by Global IFOAM President, Mr Andre Leu.

The agenda was passed with unanimous vote and the working documents of IFOAM Asia were also adopted by the GA participants.
Perhaps the most anticipated event of the GA was the election of the IFOAM Asia Board where a total of nine candidates ran for seven positions.

The newly elected IFOAM Asia board is as follows: Manoj Menon (India), Rasdi Wangsa (Indonesia), Zhou Zejiang (China), Suh Chong Hyuk (Korea), Shaikh Hossain (Bangladesh), Ashish Gupta (India), and Patrick Belisario (Philippines). The Executive Board is composed of Suh Chong Hyuk as President and Ashish Gupta and Zhou Zejiang as Vice-Presidents (and Jennifer Chang in the role of Executive Director).

A special ceremony was also held during the General Assembly where Global IFOAM President Andre Leu handed Zhou Zejiang (former Global IFOAM Representative to Asia) a certificate for his new role as Honorary Ambassador of Global IFOAM.

Contact

Jennifer Chang, IFOAM Asia

Contact

Jennifer Chang
Senior Manager, International Relations
Korean Federation of Sustainable Agriculture Organizations (KFSA)
Rm 201, Leela B/D
Yangjae-dong 347-2
Seocho-gu
Seoul
Republic of Korea
Tel. +82 2 571 2160
Fax +82 2 576 2180
jchang2011(at)gmail.com
www.kfsao.org/
skype: jennifer.chang68
 

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