Sri Lanka hosts Asian Packaging Federation ‘Annual Events 2017’

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By 2017-12-07

The Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging (SLIP) will be hosting the Asian Packaging Federation's (APF) Annual Events at Galadari Hotel, Colombo 1, from 10-14 December 2017, stated a press release. Around 30 delegates from 9 countries in the Asia-pacific region, excluding Sri Lanka, have registered their attendance out of the 16 member organizations of the APF.

This year's annual events include meetings of three working committees; two of which will be chaired by APF and SLIP past-President Dharmatilake Ratnayake. The event will also see the judging phase of the Asia Star Awards Contest for excellence in packaging, the release added.

The meeting of the Board of Administration and the General Assembly of the Federation is scheduled to be held on 13 December 2017. The grand finale of these events will be the Asia Star/Lanka Star 2017 Awards presentation on Wednesday 13 December 2017 at the Galadari Hotel at 7pm.

"Conducting of the APF events in Sri Lanka this year is of great significance to the Packaging Fraternity in our country, as the incumbent SLIP President, 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 1 January 2018. Rohan Victoria will be the third person from Sri Lanka to adopt this position as APF President," stated SLIP.

During the awards presentation on 13 December, SLIP plans to felicitate Dharmatilake Ratnayake, a world-recognized senior member of the Sri Lankan packaging industry who is a past-President of SLIP and APF, and also a former Vice-President of the World Packaging Organization (WPO). The WPO conferred him the 'Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Award 2017' on Thursday 4 May 2017 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The member organizations of the APF meet once a year in one of its member countries in rotation, hosted by the executive member organization of that country. Although the 50th anniversary of the APF falls this year, the APF Board of Directors decided at its last meeting in Mumbai to hold the official celebrations in Tokyo, Japan in 2018, as the inaugural meeting of the APF was held in Tokyo 50 years ago.

The APF was formed in 1967 to facilitate the international cooperation of packaging organizations at a meeting of representatives from the packaging industries in China, India, Japan, Korea and the Philippines. Today, its member countries include Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey, Iran and Kazakhstan.
One nationally-recognized leading packaging organization from each country in the Asia Pacific Region is eligible for full APF membership, except for the Peoples Republic of China – the only country with two such members due to its population. Sri Lanka joined the APF in 1978, represented by SLIP.

Among the 16 National Packaging organizations with full APF membership, SLIP holds an esteemed position due to the achievements of four of its Presidents who have served in the APF Administrative Board, the release concluded.

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