THE 52nd ANNUAL SESSIONS AND MEETINGS OF THE IPC AND INTERNATIONAL SPICE EXHIBITION

IPC holds regular Session and Meetings every year which is hosted by the IPC member country on a rotation basis. Each member country is represented by a delegate with plenipotentiary authority to the Session. This year, the 52nd Annual Session and Meetings of IPC and International Spice Exhibition (52nd IPC ASM ISE) will be hosted by the Government of Sri Lanka and organized jointly by The Ministry of Plantation Industries, The Department of Export Agriculture (DEA) and the International Pepper Community (IPC) in Hilton Hotel Colombo, Sri Lanka from 18 - 21 November 2024.

As some origins reported a decrease of pepper area and yield due to some cases of pests and diseases and low maintenance which all could be traced back to the unfavorable pepper price and high cost of production, the need to ensure the sustainability of the pepper industry is of great importance now than ever. In recent years, pepper stakeholders have been strongly campaigning for a more sustainable cultivation practice of pepper to ensure the longevity of the industry. Series of efforts and steps have been formulated and taken by origins yet the impact of them are still not that apparent. As such, it is pertinent for all stakeholders to move beyond just sustaining the industry but to take the approach more toward regenerative which would ensure the industry to last and flourish for centuries to come. All stakeholders ought to help farmers understand the importance of continuity and good agriculture practices in their cultivation. Farmers ought to be made aware of the harmful effect of reckless pesticide use for the plants and human consumption. This few small steps would help the industry to move toward a more regenerative outlook for the betterment of the all stakeholders.

As such, IPC take upon the theme of "Regenerative Pepper Cultivation: Going Beyond Sustainability" for the 52nd Annual Sessions and Meetings of the International Pepper Community. The 52nd Annual Sessions and Meetings of the IPC is expected to be one of the largest ever conferences of the International Pepper Community.

Where

Hilton Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka

When

Monday to Thursday, 18 - 21 November 2024

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Event Speakers

Here are some of our speakers

Mr. Lohan Ratwatte

Mr. Lohan Ratwatte

State Minister of Plantation Industries
Ministry of Plantation Industries, Sri Lanka

Ms. Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki

Ms. Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki

Executive Director
International Pepper Community

Ms. A. P. P. Disna

Ms. A. P. P. Disna

Director General
Dept. of Export Agriculture ,Sri Lanka

Mr. Jasvinder Singh Sethi

Mr. Jasvinder Singh Sethi

Director
Namagro

Dr. K. G. Jagadeesha IAS

Dr. K. G. Jagadeesha IAS

Secretary
Spices Board India

Mr. Djatmiko Bris Witjaksono

Mr. Djatmiko Bris Witjaksono

Director General of International Trade Negotiations
Ministry of Trade, Indonesia

Mr. Chee Fong Cheah

Mr. Chee Fong Cheah

Undersecretary of Cocoa and Pepper Industries Development Division
Ministry of Plantation and Commodities

Mr. Vincent Sawat

Mr. Vincent Sawat

Director General
Malaysian Pepper Board

Mrs. Awaeang Anak Kwasin

Mrs. Awaeang Anak Kwasin

Founder
Joeyees Trading Sdn Bhd

Mr. Viraj De Silva

Mr. Viraj De Silva

Chairman of The Spice Council Sri Lanka
Managing Director of SDS Spices (Pvt) Ltd

Mr. To Viet Chau

Mr. To Viet Chau

Deputy Director General of International Cooperation Department
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viet Nam

Ms. Laura Shumow

Ms. Laura Shumow

Executive Director
American Spices Trade Association

Mr. W.H.S C. Fernando

Mr. W.H.S C. Fernando

Chairman - Spices and Allied Products Producers' and Traders' Association
Executive Director at malwatte vally plantations

Dr. Aurélien Leroy

Dr. Aurélien Leroy

Associate Professor of Economics
University of Bordeaux France

Mr. Giridhar Rao

Mr. Giridhar Rao

Vice President Operations
Terova Inc (A subsidiary of Griffith Foods Inc)

Ms. Vivi Widyana

Ms. Vivi Widyana

Founder, Director, CEO
PT. Billiton Rempah Indonesia

Mr. Jan Gilhuis

Mr. Jan Gilhuis

Senior Program Manager, Fresh and Ingredients
IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative

Mrs. Hoang Thi Lien

Mrs. Hoang Thi Lien

Chairwoman
Viet Nam Pepper and Spice Association

Mr. Gabriel Sarasin

Mr. Gabriel Sarasin

Director Sustainability and Technology
McCormick Global Ingredients Ltd

Mr. Juliano Camara

Mr. Juliano Camara

Managing Director
COREIMEX Representacoes Ltda

Mr. Mike Liu

Mr. Mike Liu

President
China Spices Association

Mr. Van Vannal

Mr. Van Vannal

Executive Director
Cambodia Pepper and Spice Federation

Sponsors

Event Schedule

Here is our event schedule

Please select a date to find out more about the schedule

HOD

52nd Executive Meeting of Heads of Delegations - (by invitation)

Venue: Amethyst 1 & 2, Hilton Hotel
The 52nd Executive Meeting of the Heads of Delegations of the International Pepper Community. This is a closed meeting of the Plenipotentiary representatives of IPC member countries to discuss in details and consider the proposed work programmes and activities recommended by the different committee meetings of IPC and at the same time also consider and approve the proposed budget of IPC for implementing its work programme.

HOD

Arrival of Delegates and Registration

Venue: Lobby Hilton Hotel

HOD

The 52nd Dinner of Heads of Delegations of the IPC hosted by DEA - (by invitation)

Venue: TBC

HOD

Registration of Delegates (Continued)

Venue: Foyer Ballroom

HOD

Opening Ceremony

Venue: Grand Ballroom
Opening Ceremony of the 52nd Annual Sessions and Meetings of the International Pepper Community


  • Arrival of participants
  • Arrival of HODs
  • Arrival of VVIP
  • Lighting Traditional Oil Lamp
  • Sri Lanka Matha - National Anthem of Sri Lanka
  • Cultural Performance
  • Welcome Address by Ms. Firna Azura Ekaputri Binti Haji Marzuki, Executive Director of IPC
  • Keynote Address by Sri Lankan VIPs
  • Launching of the 52nd IPC ASM ISE and Announcement of the IPC Best Award Winner of 2023
  • Photo Session with Awardees
  • Photo Session VVIPs with IPC HODs
  • Opening of the International Spice Exhibition by Sri Lankan VIPs
  • Press Conference

HOD

International Spice Exhibition Day 1

Venue: Foyer Ballroom

HOD

The 12th Business Sessions

Venue: Grand Ballroom
To discusses business related issues, with paper presentation by speakers from both producing and consuming countries.



Mr. Giridhar Rao

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Mr. Giridhar Rao (Vice President Operations)
Terova Inc (A subsidiary of Griffith Foods Inc)


Mr. Jasvinder Singh Sethi

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Mr. Jasvinder Singh Sethi (Director)
Namagro


Mr. Viraj De Silva

Sri Lankan Pepper Industry: Exporters Perspective

Mr. Viraj De Silva (Chairman of The Spice Council Sri Lanka)
Managing Director of SDS Spices (Pvt) Ltd


Ms. Vivi Widyana

Value Added Pepper Products for SMEs: the Value Chain

Ms. Vivi Widyana (Founder, Director, CEO )
PT. Billiton Rempah Indonesia


Dr. Aurélien Leroy

Pepper: Commodity Price Movement through the Perspective of Academics

Dr. Aurélien Leroy (Associate Professor of Economics)
University of Bordeaux France


Mrs. Awaeang Anak Kwasin

Malaysian Pepper Industry Growth and Challenges

Mrs. Awaeang Anak Kwasin (Founder)
Joeyees Trading Sdn Bhd


Ms. Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki

Vote of Thanks and Token of Appreciation

Ms. Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki (Executive Director)
International Pepper Community
HOD

Lunch

Venue: The Blue, Hilton Hotel

HOD

The 46th Pepper Tech Meeting

Venue: Grand Ballroom
This technical forum designs the blueprint for the Community's operational agenda. The purpose of the meeting is to study, identify and evolve solutions for problems faced by the Pepper industry in the areas of production, processing, marketing and product development. The meeting also examines papers highlighting the new technologies and practices followed by the member countries. It finalizes the figures on the world Pepper production, consumption, imports, exports and stock carry over for the last year (actual), estimates for the current year and projection for the coming year.



Ms. Laura Shumow

USA Pepper Trade Regulations Update and How Does it Affect the Industry

Ms. Laura Shumow (Executive Director)
American Spices Trade Association


Mr. Jan Gilhuis

Global Pepper Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for the Pepper Stakeholders

Mr. Jan Gilhuis (Senior Program Manager, Fresh and Ingredients)
IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative


Mr. Gabriel Sarasin

Pepper Traceability: Future Directions for the Industry

Mr. Gabriel Sarasin (Director Sustainability and Technology)
McCormick Global Ingredients Ltd


Mr. W.H.S C. Fernando

Smart Farming for Future Pepper Cultivation

Mr. W.H.S C. Fernando (Chairman - Spices and Allied Products Producers' and Traders' Association )
Executive Director at malwatte vally plantations


Mr. Chee Fong Cheah

The usage of pesticides from the perspective of pepper industry in Malaysia

Mr. Chee Fong Cheah (Undersecretary of Cocoa and Pepper Industries Development Division)
Ministry of Plantation and Commodities


Ms. Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki

Vote of Thanks and Token of Appreciation

Ms. Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki (Executive Director)
International Pepper Community
HOD

Welcome Dinner hosted by Sri Lanka

Venue: Grand Ballroom
Dress code: Formal

HOD

Free Time (Networking)

Venue: Hilton Hotel

HOD

International Spice Exhibition Day 2

Venue: Foyer Ballroom

HOD

The 29th Pepper Exim Meeting

Venue: Grand Ballroom
This is a gathering of producers, exporters, importers, traders and grinders of pepper to expedite the exchange of information and a forum for dialogue between the producing and consuming countries. The meeting discusses various facets of Pepper such as supply and demand situation in each producing and importing country, quality improvements & quality control, possible use of technology in improving Pepper quality and information exchange.



Dr. K. G. Jagadeesha IAS

India's Country Report

Dr. K. G. Jagadeesha IAS (Secretary)
Spices Board India


Mr. Djatmiko Bris Witjaksono

Indonesia's Country Report

Mr. Djatmiko Bris Witjaksono (Director General of International Trade Negotiations)
Ministry of Trade, Indonesia


Mr. Vincent Sawat

Malaysia's Country Report

Mr. Vincent Sawat (Director General)
Malaysian Pepper Board


Ms. A. P. P. Disna

Sri Lanka's Country Report

Ms. A. P. P. Disna (Director General)
Dept. of Export Agriculture ,Sri Lanka


Mr. To Viet Chau

Viet Nam's Country Report

Mr. To Viet Chau (Deputy Director General of International Cooperation Department )
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viet Nam


Mrs. Hoang Thi Lien

Viet Nam's Country Report

Mrs. Hoang Thi Lien (Chairwoman)
Viet Nam Pepper and Spice Association


Mr. Juliano Camara

Brazilian Pepper Outlook

Mr. Juliano Camara (Managing Director)
COREIMEX Representacoes Ltda


Mr. Van Vannal

Cambodian Pepper Outlook

Mr. Van Vannal (Executive Director)
Cambodia Pepper and Spice Federation


Mr. Mike Liu

China Pepper Outlook

Mr. Mike Liu (President)
China Spices Association


Ms. Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki

Vote of Thanks and Token of Appreciation

Ms. Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki (Executive Director)
International Pepper Community
HOD

Lunch

Venue: The Blue, Hilton Hotel

HOD

Panel Discussion on Country Report

Venue: Grand Ballroom
Panelists : Country Representatives Moderator: Mr. Jasvinder Singh Sethi, Namagro



Mr. Jasvinder Singh Sethi

Moderator

Mr. Jasvinder Singh Sethi (Director)
Namagro


Dr. K. G. Jagadeesha IAS

Dr. K. G. Jagadeesha IAS (Secretary)
Spices Board India


Mr. Djatmiko Bris Witjaksono

Mr. Djatmiko Bris Witjaksono (Director General of International Trade Negotiations)
Ministry of Trade, Indonesia


Mr. Vincent Sawat

Mr. Vincent Sawat (Director General)
Malaysian Pepper Board


Ms. A. P. P. Disna

Ms. A. P. P. Disna (Director General)
Dept. of Export Agriculture ,Sri Lanka


Mr. To Viet Chau

Mr. To Viet Chau (Deputy Director General of International Cooperation Department )
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viet Nam


Mrs. Hoang Thi Lien

Mrs. Hoang Thi Lien (Chairwoman)
Viet Nam Pepper and Spice Association


Mr. Juliano Camara

Mr. Juliano Camara (Managing Director)
COREIMEX Representacoes Ltda


Mr. Van Vannal

Mr. Van Vannal (Executive Director)
Cambodia Pepper and Spice Federation


Mr. Mike Liu

Mr. Mike Liu (President)
China Spices Association


Ms. Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki

Vote of Thanks and Token of Appreciation

Ms. Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki (Executive Director)
International Pepper Community
HOD

The 52nd Plenary Meeting

Venue: Grand Ballroom



Ms. Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki

Opening Remarks by the Executive Director of the IPC.

Ms. Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki (Executive Director)
International Pepper Community


Country Statements: India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam




Ms. Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki

Report of the IPC Committee Meetings By Chairman of IPC Committee Meetings
13th Meeting of the IPC Committee Meeting on R & D
10th Meeting of the IPC Committee on Marketing
30th Meeting of the IPC Committee on quality

Report of the Business Sessions, Pepper-Tech and Pepper Exim Meeting by the Executive Director of IPC

Ms. Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki (Executive Director)
International Pepper Community


Ms. Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki

Global Consolidated Crop Report Release

Ms. Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki (Executive Director)
International Pepper Community


Ms. A. P. P. Disna

Closing Remarks by IPC Chairman

Ms. A. P. P. Disna (Director General)
Dept. of Export Agriculture ,Sri Lanka


Ms. A. P. P. Disna

Handing Over IPC Chairmanship from Sri Lanka to India

Ms. A. P. P. Disna (Director General)
Dept. of Export Agriculture ,Sri Lanka


Dr. K. G. Jagadeesha IAS

Keynote Remarks of India as the next hosting country

Dr. K. G. Jagadeesha IAS (Secretary)
Spices Board India


Ms. Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki

Vote of Thanks and Token of Appreciation

Ms. Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki (Executive Director)
International Pepper Community
HOD

Free Time (Networking)

Venue: Hilton Hotel

HOD

Gala Dinner hosted by the International Pepper Community (IPC)

Venue: Grand Ballroom
Dress Code: Casual

HOD

Field Trip


Tentative Program

Registration

Delegates from IPC member countries are India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam as a full member countries, and Papua New Guinea and the Philippines is associate member countries. Delegates from non member countries (other than the above IPC countries), Every delegate will gets: Regular Seating, Coffee Break, Custom Badge, Community Access, Conference Access, Lunch, Dinner, Merchandise.

Terms and Conditions

  • Delegate registration is open to all.
  • Registration fee may be paid through Online Payment gateway, PayPal or Bank Transfer to our Bank for 'Bank Mandiri' account.
  • Registration will be confirmed on realization of payment made and you will get a receipt for the same.
  • The registration fee should be received in full at IPC. If the amount is received short, registration will not be confirmed.
  • Please note that the registration does not include accommodation and local transport.
  • Access to the conference and lunch/dinner will be controlled through scanning of Delegate Badges.
  • Delegate Badge provided is non-transferable.
  • Non-refundable in all cases (including cancellation or no-show) except natural disasters and epidemics declared by local authorities.
1 May - 31 Aug 2024 (Earlybird Price - 25% OFF)1 Sep - 17 Nov 2024 (Normal Price)18 Nov 2024 (On Site)
Member CountryUSD 300USD 400USD 500
Non-Member CountryUSD 400USD 500USD 600
SpouseUSD 150USD 150USD 150

Hotel Venue

HILTON HOTEL COLOMBO

HILTON HOTEL COLOMBO

An oasis in the heart of the city…the Hilton Colombo is the epitome of Sri Lankan hospitality. Connected to the World Trade Center, the Hilton offers 382 guestrooms and suites, an Executive Lounge overlooking the lotus pond offering a full breakfast and evening cocktails, a grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 900 and many more meeting spaces in Colombo. A variety of specialty cuisines can be found in one of the hotels’ six restaurants and bars. Together, all this makes the Hilton Colombo the ideal venue for all.



Hotels

Here are some nearby hotels

Hotel 1

The Kingsbury Colombo Sri Lanka

850 meters from the Venue, 3 minutes by car.

In the heart of Colombo, nestled between Galle Face Green and the city’s busiest hub, the World Trade Centre, The Kingsbury, Colombo celebrates meticulous service through luxury experiences. Centrally located for shopping, entertainment, and business, the hotel presents the finest accommodation, signature dining experiences, and world-class meeting and banqueting facilities as one of the most preferred Colombo hotels.

Address:
48 Janadhipathi Mawatha,
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Tel : +94112421221
Email : RESERVATIONS@THEKINGSBURYHOTEL.COM
web site: https://www.thekingsburyhotel.com/

Hotel 2

Shangri-La Hotel

1,3 kilometers from the Venue, 4 minutes by car.

A personal tropical sanctuary that is perfect for escaping the city, Shangri-La Colombo overlooks the Indian Ocean in the heart of the business district with direct access to the most extensive international shopping mall in Sri Lanka, Shangri-La’s own One Galle Face Mall. The hotel offers the finest accommodation in Colombo, an exciting new dining and social scene and the largest and extensive hotel conference and event facilities.

Address:
2, 1 Colombo - Galle - Hambantota - Wellawaya Hwy, Colombo 00200, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94117888288
Email: slcb@shangri-la.com
Website: https://www.shangri-la.com/en/colombo/shangrila/

Hotel 3

Taj Samudra Hotel

2,3 kilometers from the Venue, 6 minutes by car.

Relive the Tajness with us at Taj Samudra Colombo, Sri Lanka. We have taken all necessary precautions to ensure that guests are safe from the moment they step inside our premises till they check out. With technology enriched safety measures, augmented sanitization, contactless services, social distancing and fully trained staff, we are committed to making your holiday a memorable one without compromising luxury, comfort and indulgence here at Taj.

Address:
No 25, Galle Face Center Road, Colombo, , SRI LANKA, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 11-2446622
Email: reservations.samudra@tajhotels.com
Website: https://www.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj/taj-samudra-colombo/

Transportation

Transportation from Bandaranaike International Airport to Hilton Colombo

Transportation from Bandaranaike International Airport to Hilton Colombo

The distance between Bandaranaike International Airport and Hilton Colombo Hotel is 33,3 km. From Bandaranaike International Airport to Hilton Colombo you can travel by Taxi, Price estimate about USD 35 - USD 45, Doesn’t include surcharges, tolls or delays. Charges will vary, always check the price with the operator before travelling. Visit Sri Lanka Taxi https://visitlankataxi.com/



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