It gives me immense pleasure to write to you at the onset of the festival season and announce the third edition of The Pulses Conclave 2016.
As all of you will recollect, The Pulses Conclave 2014 held in Goa was a resounding success. The three-day event witnessed participation by about 800 delegates from over 25 countries who transacted business worth Rs. 500 crore amongst them. The phenomenal response made the Pulses Conclave one of the most-sought after events of the agri-business industry.
It is on the foundation of this remarkable accomplishment that The Pulses Conclave 2016 has been conceptualised. The only change is that the scale of the Conclave will be far bigger and better, attracting a greater number of industry leaders and business professionals from around the world. The purpose of this year's conference is to derive maximum mileage for the industry from the special status accorded to pulses in the forthcoming year by the United Nations Organization (UNO). India Pulses & Grains Association (IPGA) will be hosting the third edition of its biennial event THE PULSES CONCLAVE from February 17th to 19th, 2016 at Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centre in Jaipur, India.
As you know, the 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses (IYOP). During the year, the global pulses industry will focus on creating greater public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production programme that aims at ensuring food security and nutrition. Further, the industry will benefit through unique opportunities to connect with members across the food chain. Through this interactive platform, the pulses industry can hope to increase the global production and trade of pulses as well as address the challenges faced in the cultivation, harvesting and trade of products. As the Chairman of IPGA and Executive Vice President of the Global Pulses Federation, it is my endeavour to enhance the Power of Pulses and make the per capita nutritional requirement of India as the focal point of the national agenda this year.
As a decisive facilitator for the pulses trade in India, the IPGA acts on behalf of its 400 members and pivotal associations that represent a cross section of over 10,000 stakeholders in the supply chain. CICILS, Global Pulse Confederation (GPC), have also acted as catalysts and focal points for the pulse value chain in generating support for the International Year of Pulses 2016. The Pulses Conclave 2016 is a result of the joint efforts of all organizations and industry members.
The largest conference of its kind in the world, The Pulses Conclave 2016 will have over 1200 delegates from around the globe. This will include 300 – 400 international business leaders from leading pulse-producing and pulse trading countries such as Myanmar, USA, Canada and South Africa as well as 700 – 800 stakeholders of the Indian pulse-industry value chain such as farmers, agri-warehousing and logistics organizations, brand owners and agri-research institutes etc. The conference will also act as a catalyst of the government's Make in India vision and will endeavour to attract global agri-businesses to invest in India and leverage our remarkable pulse-production capabilities.
The Pulses Conclave 2016 has received tremendous encouragement from all quarters of the industry. The GPC Chairman along with his team has embraced this event completely. I am honoured by the commitment shown to The Pulses Conclave 2016 by Mr. Huseyin Arslan, the new President of CICILS and the founder Chairman of IGT Group. In addition, governmental authorities and officials have promised full backing for the event. The agenda of the conference will be firmed up as we draw closer to the dates of the event. Keeping up with the tradition of the previous editions of the conference, there will be thought-provoking debates and presentations aimed at improving the efficiencies of the industry as well as opportunities for corporations to further their businesses by several luminaries.
I urge you to pledge your support and look forward to your participation and involvement in making The Pulse Conclave 2016 an astounding landmark event!