Sri Lanka to host Asian Packaging Federation confab from Dec 10-14 | Daily News

Sri Lanka to host Asian Packaging Federation confab from Dec 10-14

Recognizing the necessity for international cooperation of packaging organizations of Asian countries, the representatives of packaging organizations in China, India, Japan, Korea and the Philippines met in Tokyo, Japan, in 1967 and resolved upon the formation of the Asian Packaging Federation (APF).

One nationally recognized leading packaging organization from each country in the Asia Pacific Region is eligible to be a full member of the APF except for the Peoples' Republic of China, the only country with two nationally recognized packaging organizations being given the opportunity to receive full membership of the Federation considering the total population of the country.

The Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging, the only body representing the Sri Lankan packaging industry joined the Asian Packaging Federation in 1978 during the time of the founder President of the Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging, Stanley Wickremaratne who himself became a Vice President in 1989 and later the 13th President of the Asian Packaging Federation in 1991 and 1992 and subsequently become a Vice President of the World Packaging Organization.

The member organizations of the APF meet once a year in one of its member countries in rotation hosted by the executive member organization in that country.

The Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging got the opportunity of hosting the 14th APF Congress along with its meetings of the Board of Administration, General Assembly, judging of Asia Star contest and its 20th anniversary celebrations in Colombo in 1987 which was the first international packaging event that was held in Sri Lanka hosted by the Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging.

Subsequently, the APF had its board meeting and related events in Sri Lanka on two other occasions - in 1986 and 2003.

The Board of Directors of the APF at its last meeting in Mumbai took a decision to have the official celebrations in Tokyo, Japan, in 2018 as the inaugural meeting of the APF was held in Tokyo 50 years ago.

Conducting the APF events in Sri Lanka this year is of great significance to the packaging fraternity in our country as the incumbent President of SLIP, Rohan Victoria who is the senior Vice President of APF is expected to be elected as the next President of the Federation and will assume duties from January 1, 2018. Victoria will be the third person from Sri Lanka to adorn this prestigious position as the President of the Asian Packaging Federation.

Out of the member organizations of the APF from 16 countries, around 30 delegates from 9 countries in the Asia Pacific region excluding Sri Lanka have already registered to attend the annual events this year to be held at the Galadari from December 10-14.

This year's events include meetings of three working committees, judging of Asia Star Awards Contest. The meeting of the Board of Administration and the General Assembly of the Federation is scheduled to be held on December 13. The grand finale of these events will be the Asia Star2017/Lanka Star Awards Presentation on December 13. 


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