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Olive Council Announces Plan for Information Portal

By Jasmina Nevada
Jun. 28, 2021 15:50 UTC

The International Olive Council (IOC) pre­sented its plan to cre­ate an online infor­ma­tion hub named the World Olive Oil Observatory at the 56th meet­ing of its advi­sory coun­cil.

The IOC said the plat­form will be devel­oped to orga­nize and share sec­tor-related infor­ma­tion.

In prac­tice, we are build­ing a tai­lor-made plat­form that meets the needs of stake­hold­ers but also those of the whole sec­tor.- Abdellatif Ghedira, exec­u­tive direc­tor, IOC

Abdellatif Ghedira, the exec­u­tive direc­tor of the IOC, said his goal was to have the obser­va­tory up and run­ning by the end of 2021.

We see the light at the end of the tun­nel,” Ghedira told Olive Oil Times. It takes time under­stand­ing the needs of the Executive Secretariat, our mem­ber coun­tries and the global olive oil indus­try.”

When com­plete, we will start cat­a­loging the agree­ments and infor­ma­tion using meta­data to make the search engine more user-friendly,” he added. In prac­tice, we are build­ing a tai­lor-made plat­form that meets the needs of stake­hold­ers but also those of the whole sec­tor.”

According to the IOC, the obser­va­tory will pro­vide news from mem­ber states, envi­ron­men­tal and health updates from the olive oil and table olive sec­tors, infor­ma­tion on chem­istry, trade data and pro­mo­tional efforts.

Information about rel­e­vant Ph.D. and mas­ter’s pro­grams, inter­na­tional schol­ar­ships and per­ti­nent olive oil research will also be posted.

Ghedira said the obser­va­tory will be the IOC’s new dis­sem­i­na­tion tool, allow­ing the orga­ni­za­tion to more eas­ily col­lab­o­rate with its part­ners, iden­tify mar­ket imbal­ances and advise pub­lic and pri­vate enti­ties on how to cope with the imbal­ances.

According to the IOC exec­u­tive direc­tor, part of the chal­lenge of set­ting up the obser­va­tory has been the stretched resources of the Executive Secretariat.

He added that the idea of set­ting up an obser­va­tory is a com­plex project to com­plete in its entirety and came about from an idea that was approved by the Council of Members at its 105th ses­sion in Rome in June 2017 when the Observatory and Information Systems Department was cre­ated.

We set up the obser­va­tory as a way of apply­ing para­graph one of Article 3 of the International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives 2015, which entered into force on January 1, 2017, to enhance the role of the International Olive Council as a world doc­u­men­ta­tion and infor­ma­tion cen­ter about the olive tree and its prod­ucts and as a meet­ing point for all the oper­a­tors in the sec­tor,” Ghedira said.


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