• Minutes of Annual Meeting ICFO 2007
  • Date: 16 October, 2007
  • Time: 09:30~13:00
  • Venue: VIP Room B Level 4 (= Fourth Floor) Raffles City Convention Centre, Raffles Plaza 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore
  • The annual Executive Members Meeting and Plenary (General) Meeting of ICFO were held at VIP Lounge B, level 4, Raffles City Convention Centre, Raffles Plaza, Singapore, on Tuesday 16 October, 2007. A total of 26 participants from 10 member organizations of 10 countries, plus 3 observers, namely, in total 29 people took part in the meetings.
  • All the agenda were approved as proposed by the Secretariat.
  • The details of the meeting were as follows:
  • 1. Opening
  • Mr. Shoji UEMURA, Chairman of ICFO made an opening speech. He proposed that since the number of participants was not so large, and the difference of agenda between Executive Members Meeting and that of Plenary (General) Meeting of ICFO were the same except that in the Plenary (General) Meeting, report on the activities of ICFO member organisations was made, the two meetings should be combined as one meeting, which was unanimously approved.
  • 2. Agenda
  • 1) Procedural Matters
  • (1) Approval of Provisional Agenda of Executive Members and Plenary (General) Meetings of ICFO 2007
  • Approved.
  • The provisional agenda was approved with the addition of one agenda on “Recommendation of two representatives as board member on behalf of Specialized Organizations of ICA”.
  • (2) Approval of the Minutes of Executive Members Meeting and Plenary (General) Meeting of ICFO held in Singapore on 16 November, 2006
  • Approved.
  • 2) Report
  • (1) Report on Activities of ICFO in FY 2006
  • Approved.
  • (2) Report on ICFO’s accounts of FY 2005 and FY 2006, and Auditing
  • Report on ICFO’s accounts of FY 2005 and FY 2006
  • Approved.
  • Mr. Wibisono Wiyono, auditor, reported the results of auditing of the accounts of both of the years 2005 and 2006.
  • Note: Although the general account of ICFO for FY 2005 was audited by the auditor in 2006 as had been reported at the time of ICFO’s annual meetings in Singapore held on 16 November, 2006, the special account had not been audited due to the delay of submission of final financial report from Sri Lanka National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Societies Ltd. to the secretary of ICFO concerning the seminar held in March, 2006.
  • (3) Report on Activities of ICFO member organisations since last meetings held in Singapore on 16 November, 2006 to date
  • Report on activities of ICFO member organizations since last annual meetings (Executive Members Meeting and Plenary, that is General, Meeting) held in Singapore on 16 November, 2006 to date was presented by the following representatives of each member organisation present at the combined meeting of ICFO 2007:
  • ICFO
    Ms. Pachanee Wiyaporn Internat’l Relations Officer CLT, Thailand
    Mr. Ikuhiro HATTORI President ZENGYOREN, Japan
    Mr. Jong Koo LEE President NFFC, Korea
    Mr. Jingfa QI President CFA, China
    Mr. Gamini de SILVA President Sri Lanka NFFCS
    Mr. Gabor CHOMA Vice-president HFFA, Hungary
    Mr. B.K. MISHRA Managing Director Fishcopfed, India
    Mr. JL de FEUARDENT Secretary General CCMCM, France
    Mr. Ayon Prasetyawan Director IKPI, Indonesia
  • In addition, though oral presentation was not made, a paper on the activities of VCA (Vietnam Cooperative Alliance) was distributed to the participants, making the total number of presentations, including that of Vietnam, 10 from 10 member organisations of 10 countries.
  • Of these 10 presentations, there were two presentations that were thought to be quite relevant and important in relation to future activities of ICFO. They are summarized as follows:
  • ① Cooperation with North Korea (excerpted from the presentation by Mr. Jong Koo Lee of NFFC, Korea)
  • Mr. Jong Koo Lee visited North Korea from the 2nd of October to the 4th of October, 2007 as one of the special attendants accompanying President Roh when he visited there for a historic meeting with the leader of North Korea. On that occasion, he (Mr. Lee) met with a representative in the fishery sector of North Korea, exchanged views with him concerning fishery resource management, and proposed to establish a channel of communication and a kind of “Common Fisheries Association” between the two parties concerned to pursue common objective of resource management and conservation. For this purpose, it was agreed that in order to get it started, details on the framework and major agenda to be discussed etc be worked out at the working level between the two parties concerned.
  • In case this is realized, it might succeed in setting the base for a historic breakthrough in terms of peaceful use of common fishing ground between the two countries for sustainable development of fisheries.
  • In this connection, Mr. Lee called for understanding, cooperation and support to the efforts of NFFC from international community in the fishery sector, particularly from member organizations of ICFO.
  • ② Proposal to host the annual meetings of ICFO in 2009
  • Mr. Gabor Csoma, Vice-Chairman of Hungarian Fish Farmers Association (HFFA), said that HFFA would like to act as host for the annual ICFO meetings of 2009 in Budapest, Hungary.
  • (4) Progress Report of ICFO’s Activities of FY 2007
  • Approved
  • 3) Agenda for Decision
  • (1) Resolution
  • The following two resolutions were adopted:
  • 1. Resolution on Non-Agricultural Market Access of WTO
  • 2. Resolution on Fuel Oil Price Countermeasures
  • These resolutions were unanimously approved (see the attachment)
  • (2) Election of Executive Members Auditor
  • An election of Executive Members and Auditor was held.
  • The ICFO Rules provide that executive members should be 5, and from which 1 Chairman and up to 4 Vice-Chairmen can be nominated by the elected executive members. As regards number of auditor, the ICFO Rules provides that it should be one.
  • Mr. Shoji Uemura retired from the Chair of ICFO, and Mr. Ikuhiro Hattori, President of JF ZENGYOREN (National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations of Japan) was elected as Chairman of ICFO.
  • The following table shows a result of the election:
  • 1) Newly elected executive members and auditor
  • ICFO
    Position Name Organization/country
    Auditor Mr. Wibisono Wiyono IKPI/Indonesia
    Chairman Mr. Ikuhiro Hattori JF ZENGYOREN/Japan
    Vice chairman Mr. Lee Jong Koo NFFC/Korea
    Vice chairman Mr. Maurice Benoish CCMCM/France
    Vice chairman Mr. Gabor Csoma HFFA/Hungary
    Executive member Mr. Mongkalut Pukanut CLT/Thailand
  • For your information, the following table is the list of former
  • executive members and auditor:
  • ICFO
    Position Name Organization/country
    Auditor Mr. Wibisono Wiyono IKPI/Indonesia
    Chairman Mr. Shoji Uemura JF ZENGYOREN/Japan
    Vice chairman Mr. Lee Jong Koo NFFC/Korea
    Vice chairman Mr. Maurice Benoish CCMCM/France
    Vice chairman Dr. Antal Csoma HFFA/Hungary
    Executive member Mr. Mongkalut Pukanut CLT/Thailand
  • The term of office of the executive members and auditor is 4 years in accordance with the ICFO Rules. Accordingly, the term of office of the above 5 elected executive members and 1 auditor is 4 years until ICFO’s Plenary (= General) Meeting of 2011.
  • (3) Annual Activity Plan and Budget of ICFO in FY 2008
  • Approved.
  • (4) Recommendation of two representatives as board member on behalf of Specialized Organisations of ICA
  • The proposal from the Secretariat to recommend the following two representatives as board member of ICA in order to delegate the interest of Specialized Organisations was approved.
  • 1. Mr. Javier Salaberria, Spain
  • 2. Mr. Jean Louis Bancel, France
  • It is noted that such representation as board member of ICA on behalf of SOs shall officially start after they are approved at the proposed special general assembly to be held sometime in spring season in 2008, most probably in June, in Geneva. Before they are officially approved as board member, they will participate in ICA board meetings as observer.
  • It was also approved that ICFO pays 1,500 US $ to CICOPA for the support work of SOs.
  • (5) Date and Venue of ICFO’s next Executive Members Meeting and General Meeting
  • It was agreed that next year’s annual meetings of ICFO be held on any one of the days during the week of ICA Regional Assembly for Asia and the Pacific.
  • The ICA Regional Assembly for Asia and the Pacific 2008 will be held from 1 to 6 December, 2008 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • It was agreed that the Secretariat arranges the date and time by contacting with ICA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and, as soon as they are arranged, inform thereof to ICFO members.
  • 4) Others
  • There were no other agenda to be discussed, and the combined meetings of Executive Members Meeting and Plenary (General) Meeting of ICFO 2007 was closed.
  • 3. Closing
  • The closing speech was made by Mr. Gabor Csoma, newly elected Vice-Chairman, after the dinner party of the same day held at Japanese restaurant “Keyaki” on level 4, Pan Pacific Singapore.