On behalf of International Jute Study group and
all its staff members, I wish a very happy new year to all our
members, associate members, development partners and last but
not least all the stakeholders of the jute & kenaf sector.
In the year 2012, IJSG completed a decade of its
journey. This odyssey has been quite eventful with many
milestones and a few unreached destinations. The Group started
in 2002 as a much smaller organization than IJO but with a
bigger mandate which includes working for poverty alleviation
and also sustainable development. With limited resources and
manpower, IJSG has been able to increase the profile of jute,
kenaf and allied fibres to new dimensions to the benefit of our
stakeholders. The increasing member of Associate Members is a
testimony to the fact that private sector stakeholders like jute
industries, business and trade organizations, R&D institutes,
private entrepreneurs and jute artisans are putting increased
faith in the Group. As a result we are now a family of 201
Associate Members from 30 countries.
During the present times when the issues of
environment and climate change have become major global concerns
and more and more ‘governments’ and ‘cities’ are putting
restrictions or ban on plastic packaging materials, jute sector
is in a unique position to provide the most viable alternative
in the form of jute carry bags and other packaging materials.
The task is challenging but equally exciting.
For the year 2013 we have chalked out an
ambitious charter of activities which will increase the
relevance of jute, kenaf and allied fibres and also reinforce
the utility of the IJSG. IJSG will be coming out with various
studies, research papers and policy recommendations on issues
relating to product diversification, jute geo-textile,
increasing sustainability and gender equality, and fair trade
practices in the sector.
We solicit the co-operation of all our
stakeholders to make this mission a success.
With warm regards and best wishes for the year