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The World Rubber Summit 2021 will be held as a virtual event from 8 – 11 June 2021.(Source: IRSG)

07. June 2021

IRSG: World Rubber Summit to be held as a virtual event on 8 – 11 June 2021

The World Rubber Summit 2021 will take place as a virtual event under the theme “Facing the Future: Inclusiveness, Sustainability and Growth for the Next Normal” from 8 – 11 June 2021. According to the organiser, the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG), moving into the current decade, the global economy has witnessed one of the worst economic crisis in history. In addition to the tragic loss of life, the Covid-19 pandemic has rolled back decades of progress on poverty and has exposed social and economic inequalities.

The economic shock of the pandemic crisis has exposed the weakness of economic and social systems in many countries, but it has the potential to provide an opportunity for transformative growth, said IRSG. The rubber economy is not an exception. New mobility, digitalisation, climate change and the development of the “green economy” are among the driving forces that will determine the future for the rubber sector. The World Rubber Summit 2021 will bring together leaders, experts and Government representatives to discuss on how all stakeholders could cooperate to establish a real change towards a more socially responsible production and consumption to assure a fair, inclusive and sustainable rubber economy growth in this decade. The host government for this year’s event is the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire – Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.


Day One – 8 June 2021, Afternoon 17:00 – 20:00, SGT

  • Opening Ceremony
    – IRSG Secretary-General, Salvatore Pinizzotto, Secretary-General, IRSG
    – IRSG Chairperson, H. E. Aly Toure, Permanent Representative of Côte d'Ivoire to International Commodities Organization
    – Center for the Promotion of Investments in Côte d’Ivoire, Why Invest in Côte d’Ivoire? Opportunities and Challenges for the Rubber Sector
    – Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Côte d’Ivoire, Honourable Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani
    – Institutional Video, Côte d’Ivoire: Agriculture Performance and Opportunities
    – Prime Minister Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, HE M. Jerome Patrick Achi
  • Keynote Address 1: Economic Recovery and Sustainability: A Balancing Act
    Johan Kieft, Lead Technical Advisor Green Economy and Land Use & Head of Tropical Land Use Finance Facility (TLFF) Secretariat, UN Environment/UN-REDD Programme
  • Keynote Address 2: Sustainable Growth: Reshaping Collaboration
    Pietro Paganini, Co-Founder, Competere
  • Keynote Address 3: Commodities: Market Dynamics and Resilience dejo Post-Crisis
    John Baffes, Senior Economist, World Bank 

Day Two – 9 June 2021, Afternoon 17:00 – 21:00, SGT

  • Panel Discussion: Resilience to Recovery: Are We in the Right Trajectory?
    – Moderator: Dr KN Raghavan, Chairman & Executive Director, Rubber Board, India
    – Panellists: Dr Lekshmi Nair, Head of Economics and Statistics, IRSG; Maiprae Loyen, Managing Director, AGRIAC; Rajiv Budhraja, Director General, ATMA Sun Lihui, Director of Development Department, CCCMC
  • Sustainability and SafetyNet: What Producers’ can Offer
    – Dr Widyantoko Sumarlin, Vice Chairman (Finance), GAPKINDO
  • Farmers of the Future: What can Africa do to improve practises and income?
    Roel Van Poppel, CEO AtSource, Olam International
  • Rubber Plantations and Development in Côte d’Ivoire: Achievements and a New Greener Approach
    Koffi Konan Albert, Interim Executive Secretary, APROMAC
  • Panel Discussion: Productivity and Quality: A Win-Win for Africa
    – Moderator: Peter Minang, Director, CIFOR-ICRAF
    – Panellists: Oumar N’Diaye, Deputy Director Executive, FIRCA; Rubi Lambert, Sustainability Expert and Secretariat UNFSS Programme Manager on Sustainability Standards, UNCTAD; Wilhelmina G. Mulbah Siaway, President, Rubber Planters Association of Liberia; Farah Miller, CEO, Helixtap Technologies

Day Three – 10 June 2021, Afternoon 17:00 – 20:30, SGT

  • Adapting to Climate Change: Resilience in Action
    Dr Robert Nasi, Director General, CIFOR
  • Sustainable Financing – Raising the Bar
    Dorsouma Al-Hamndou, Ag. Director for the Climate Change and Green Growth Department & Manager for Climate and Green Growth, African Development Bank
  • Rubber Industry Opportunities: Managing NR Price Risk
    Hu Hui, Associate Director, Commodity Department II, Shanghai International Energy Exchange
  • Digital Technology and Innovation: Tracking from Land for Mitigation and Adaptation
    Riad Meddeb, Director a.i., Singapore Global Center for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development, UNDP
  • Panel Discussion: Climate Adaptation & Mitigation: Farm to Trade
    – Moderator: Salvatore Pinizzotto, Secretary-General, IRSG
    – Panellists: Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz, Secretary-General, IRRDB; Dr Frederic Gay, Scientist, CIRAD Richard Laity, South East Asia Manager, PEFC; Stefano Savi, Director, GPSNR

Day Four – 11 June 2021, Afternoon 17:00 – 21:00, SGT

  • An Overview of Butadiene and Synthetic Rubbers in New Era Automotive Shift
    Anthony Song, Director Asia C4 Olefins, IHS Markit
  • Raising Rubber Economy Green Credentials: Traceability of Raw Rubber, a Prerequisite for Responsible Sourcing
    Olivier Martin, Director General, SCC
  • Empowering Smallholders Towards an Inclusive Growth: Capacity Building in Côte d’Ivore
    Marc Génot, Director General, SAPH
  • Raising the Role of Women and Youth in Rubber Industry
    Emily J. Gallagher, Rural Development Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
  • Protecting Public Health in the Next Normal: The Strategic Importance of Gloves
    Dr Supramaniam Shanmugam, President, Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (MARGMA)
  • Panel Discussion: Inclusiveness, Sustainability and Growth for the Next Normal
    – Moderator: Prabhash Subasinghe, Managing Director, GRI
    – Panellists: Fazilet Cinaralp, Secretary-General, European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers Association (ETRMA); Mary Xu, Chairman, China Rubber Industry Association (CRIA); Anne Forristall Luke, President & CEO, U.S. Tire Manufacturers Associations (USTMA); Salvatore Pinizzotto, Secretary-General, IRSG
  • Closing
    Eugene Kremien, President, APROMAC; Salvatore Pinizzotto, Secretary-General, IRSG 


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