Chief Executive Officer Antonio Abrunhosa said the tobacco market has changed its direction.
's "integrity and independence are of great potential
"We are seeing town-gown relations being strengthened in communities around areas that are of common interest and benefit," says ITGA
Executive Director Beth Bagwell.
Although the agreement was signed by the ITGA
, the subsequently elected
The International Tobacco GrowersEoACAO Association (ITGA
) applauds the decision by the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), to oppose the approval of the World Health OrganizationEoACAOs (WHO) guidelines - for a ban on ingredients used in tobacco products - at its 4th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Uruguay next week (1).
's wrath is prompted by the WHO's decision to present final guidelines for adoption by the 171 member countries of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) at a meeting to take place in Uruguay in November 2010.
Antonio Abrunhosa, chief executive of the International Tobacco Growers' Association (ITGA
) said the ITGA
did not do any lobbying in Brussels or Strasbourg "because we represent basically the tobacco growers from outside the EU." Growers inside the EU were represented by UNITAS, which worked with the EU institutions.
Continuing one of UCC's goals of developing collaborations, members of the steering committee and full council met with Chip Boyles, executive director of the newly formed International Town & Gown Association (ITGA
Also the Instituto Tecnico y de Gestion Agricola (ITGA
) is thanked for providing crop data and technical assistance.
(25) Statements of tobacco objectives contain specific references to the WHO: "Attack W.H.O.," "[Try] to stop the development towards a Third World commitment against tobacco," "Discredit key individuals," "[Contain WHO's] funding from private sources," "Work with journalists to question WHO priorities, budget, role in social engineering, etc.," and "[Establish] ITGA
[International Tobacco Growers Association] [as a] front for our third world lobby activities at WHO." (26) These documents state that "WHO's impact and influence is indisputable" and that the industry must contain, neutralize and reorient the WHO to protect the tobacco business.
Malawi is the current chair of the International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA
), Africa region.