` Olive Council Elects New Leader

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Olive Council Elects New Leader

Dec. 2, 2015
By Ylenia Granitto

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Abdel­latif Ghedira will be the new exec­u­tive direc­tor of Inter­na­tional Olive Coun­cil (IOC). The assign­ment was decided at the recent 103rd ses­sion, held in Madrid on Novem­ber 23 – 26.

The Coun­cil of Mem­bers decided to nom­i­nate Abdel­latif Ghedira, of Tunisian nation­al­ity, who was selected among a group of appli­cants includ­ing Moroc­can and Span­ish can­di­dates.

Ghedira, now the direc­tor of the Tunisian National Oil Office, will suc­ceed the cur­rent IOC exec­u­tive, direc­tor Jean-Louis Bar­jol, as the head of the inter­gov­ern­men­tal organ­i­sa­tion from Jan­u­ary 1, 2016 until Decem­ber 31, 2019 in a man­date that will lasts four years.

Born in Mona­s­tir in 1962, and a grad­u­ate in agri­cul­tural engi­neer­ing and water and forestry man­age­ment, with a post-grad­u­ate degree (DEA) in geog­ra­phy, Ghedira is a lead­ing inter­na­tional expert in the field and is con­sid­ered a com­pe­tent and appro­pri­ate per­son for an impor­tant and cen­tral role in the future of the world olive sec­tor.

In addi­tion to hav­ing rep­re­sented his coun­try as the head of the Tunisian del­e­ga­tion at IOC ses­sions, he has held the func­tion of chief of staff of the for­mer Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, Las­saad Lachaal and held sev­eral posi­tions within the Min­istry, includ­ing gen­eral direc­tor of the Office of State Lands and gen­eral direc­tor of APIA, the National Agency for the Pro­mo­tion of Agri­cul­tural Invest­ments.

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Accord­ing to the IOC reg­u­la­tion, Ghedira will be assisted by the cur­rent deputy direc­tor, Ammar Ass­abah, until April 30, 2016, and then by two new deputy direc­tors who will be appointed at the 25th extra­or­di­nary ses­sion of the IOC, that will be held at IOC head­quar­ters March 7 – 10, 2016.

The cur­rent Tunisian prime Min­is­ter, Habib Essid, occu­pied the same exec­u­tive posi­tion at the IOC from 2004 until 2010, mak­ing a deci­sive con­tri­bu­tion to refi­nance and give new energy the orga­ni­za­tion. Now, six years later, a Tunisian returns to serve the impor­tant func­tion.

After the addi­tion of 35,000 tons per year in priv­i­leged exports to the Euro­pean Union with­out duties until 2017, and becom­ing for the first time the world’s sec­ond-largest olive oil pro­ducer, the North African coun­try will have a coun­try­man at the helm of the Inter­na­tional Oil Coun­cil.

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