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25. February 2006

INDIA: India back in IRSG

Source: Daily "The Hindu Business Line", New Delhi; 25 Feb 2006

Kochi, Feb 24

India has decided to rejoin the International Rubber
Study Group (IRSG), a London-based think-tank on
global rubber sector, after a gap of nearly six years.


IRSG said the Indian Government would join the group
on April 1 this year.

"Rejoining IRSG will get us the direct advantage of
accessing research done on the aspects of rubber
consumption," said Mr Sajen Peter, Chairman of the
Rubber Board. He said India was already a member of
the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries
(ANRPC), which is focused on issues relating to
production.

"The consumption aspect is equally important, which
IRSG looks into," he said.

With India joining IRSG, the country's industry will
now be eligible for discounts in membership fees.

The Indian rubber sector would also able to use the
IRSG platform to participate in global discussions on
rubber, he said.

Founded in 1944, IRSG currently has 16 countries and
the European Commission as contributing members. All
major natural rubber producing countries, including
Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia, are members.


(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)

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