I am writing this report one day before Christmas, therefore it will only be a brief message of good wishes to all our members around the world. This is a time when families get together all over the world to celebrate and also to reflect on the year that is drawing to a close.
Although many tobacco farmers in certain parts of the world are very busy during this time, families still get together during this time. To all of you, in some way or another, it has been a tough year with many problems and challenges. Hopefully during the festive season, you can all find some quiet time to look back at especially the good times of the past year, and extract positive energy from it to recharge the batteries for next year.
During the year, we have reported frequently on the activities of ITGA through the Courier, the newsletter and meetings. In my view, our AGM in Madrid was one of the more successful meetings we had in many ways. Our Issues Day was certainly a highlight of the year, and our closed AGM was at the highest level of discussion, which is expected of a professional organization and its members, such as the ITGA. I can only congratulate you as members for your attendance and active participation, and well done to our staff for doing a phenomenal job.
As I always say, the only reason for the ITGA’s existence, is to serve and act on behalf of its members. The ITGA can only be as good as the collective participation of its members, and the leadership provided by the Board and the Executive. We have done well on these counts during the past year, and it clearly showed during our AGM.
I would like to thank all our members for hard work and support during the year. You are doing important work in the interest of growers all over the world, and together we will have to continue to protect the interests of our growers in the future.
I also want to thank our CEO and his staff for another year of good service to the ITGA. Our organization is all we have to unite the efforts of growers, and without dedicated staff, this will not be possible and our growers will be much worse off!
I want to wish you all a blessed festive season, with peace, some rest, precious time with families and good reflection on the past year. May 2016 be a good year to you all and may you receive the strength and energy to continue the important work you do!