Gafta’s head changed at a reception in Istanbul. Swithun Stil, a grain merchant, became the president of Gafta, an international organization that determines the standards used by many of agricultural production trade in the world.
Cemalettin Kanaş – ISTANBUL
Change of duty of position at the top of Gafta (the Grain and Feed Association) which determines the highly accepted standards for international feed and grain trade took place in Istanbul at a reception. Swithun Still, a grain merchant widely known by the industry, became the new president of Gafta.
The reception started with a speech briefly introducing Gafta by Jaine Chisholm Caunt, the Director General of the institution. In her speech, Caunt noted that Gafta has turned into an association determining international feed and grain trade, adding that “Gafta is an international trade association representing more than 1800 member companies from 95 countries in the field of trade of agricultural products worldwide.” She said Gafta’s decisions “are valid in 157 countries around the globe in line with the 1958 New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards.”
Taking over the position from Jean-Christian Fages, Swithun Still accepted congratulations for his new post. In his speech he made at the reception, he said one of the reasons for organizing the reception in Istanbul was the high grain trade volume between Turkey and Russia.
Many representatives from the grain and feed trade sectors attended the reception. The centennial institution that favors the removal of barriers to international trade aims to raise the number of its members from around 1800 up to 2000 as soon as possible.