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Uruguay Joins International Olive Council

By Julie Butler
Aug. 30, 2013 09:11 UTC

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Uruguay has become the sec­ond South American coun­try to join the International Olive Council (IOC).

The IOC announced the new mem­ber­ship in a brief state­ment this week mark­ing the event.

It said that before join­ing, the coun­try had obtained first-hand expe­ri­ence of the work­ings of the IOC by attend­ing var­i­ous of its ses­sions as an observer.

The Government of Uruguay filed its instru­ment of acces­sion to the International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, 2005, on 30 July 2013. The acces­sion was offi­cially noti­fied on 20 August by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, which is the deposi­tary of the Agreement.”

The IOC said it hoped to see other olive pro­duc­ing nations fol­low soon in Uruguay’s tracks.

Representatives of the gov­ern­ments of Brazil, Chile, Peru and Uruguay par­tic­i­pated as observers in IOC meet­ings held in Buenos Aires in July, 2012 and expressed inter­ested in IOC activ­i­ties,” with Uruguay then start­ing the process of join­ing the IOC, and Chile express­ing par­tic­u­larly strong inter­est, the IOC said in a press release at the time.

Argentina became an IOC mem­ber in 2009.


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