Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) Annual Rubber Conference 2019 will be held at Yogyakarta, Indonesia on October 7, 2019 with the theme ‘Adaptive and inclusive path to sustainable value chain. The event will start at 9 am. The opening session will see participation of representatives from the governments of Indonesia ad Thailand.

The first talk will be on “The role of multi-stakeholder initiatives in ensuring an inclusive approach to sustainability: The example of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber” by Stefano Savi, Director, Global Platform for Sustainable NR, Singapore. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Bin Ibrahim, Faculty of Engineering, Technology & Built Environment USCI University, Kuala Lumpur will speak on “Sustainable natural rubber: Lessons from the oil palm industry”. The third speaker for the event will be Dato’ Aliasak Haji Ambia, President, National Association of Smallholders (NASH), Malaysia, who will speak on “Challenges in adopting sustainability standards: Perspective of smallholders”.

The post-lunch session of the conference will start with Jom Jacob, Senior Economist, ANRPC. He will speak on “Economics of sustainable value-chain in the perspective of NR producers”. Michal Brink, Chief Executive Officer, CMO Group, South Africa will talk on “Practical approach to bring smallholders on board of sustainability initiative”.

There will be a Panel Discussion on “Policy initiatives of NR producing countries to manage the challenges posed by the sustainability initiatives and make use of the opportunities”, which will be moderated by Dr Nguyen Ngoc Bich Secretary-General, ANRPC. Representatives of 13 ANRPC member countries will participate in the discussion. Following this, Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Bich will deliver the concluding statement.