AIPH 70th Annual Congress took place from 17-22 September 2018 in Padova, ITALY. This Congress was organised with the support of AIPH member in Italy, ANVE. Congress was organized alongside the Flormart trade fair in Padova.
Turkish Ornamental Plants and Products Exporters Association was represented in the congress by Chairman of the Board Mr. İsmail YILMAZ, Board Member Mr. Umut SAKARYA.
For the 70th anniversary of AIPH a special celebratory dinner on the evening of 18th September was organized with participation of all AIPH members.
The Congress included, AIPH International Horticultural Expo Conference, AIPH International Green City Conference, visit to the Flormart Trade Fair and visit to Botanic Gardens in Padova. Professional visits to Pistoia was made after the congress.
The General Assembly took place on 19th September 2018, where the opening of the agenda was made by AIPH president Mr. Bernard Oosterom. Report of the general secretary included developments within AIPH and progress in implementing the Strategic Plan .
AIPH Board elections were made for the following positions;
Mr. Bernard Oosterom (Netherlands) was elected as President
Mr. Qixiang Zhang (P. R. China) was elected Vice-President
Mr. Tim Edwards (UK) was elected Vice-President
Mr. Bill Hardy (Canada) was elected Chair of Green City Committee
Mr. Gijs Kok (Netherlands) was elected Representative Region II
Ms. Karen Tambayong (Indonesia) was elected Representative Region VIII
Mr. Takuhiro Yamada (Japan) was elected Vice-Chair of Exhibitions Committee
After the elections, Green City Committee Report, Ornamentals Production Committee report and AIPH Novelty Protection and Exhibitions Committee Report were also represented. In the last session, decisions on applications for International Horticultural Exhibitions for Kahramanmaras, Turkey 2023 (B) and Australis Sydney, Australia 2022/23 (B) were made and both Expos were accepted with majority of members.
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HORTICULTURAL PRODUCERS (AIPH)
Since 1948, AIPH has united horticultural producers in an international community that thrives to this day. Much has changed in that time. Technologies advanced, cities rose from the ground, and we have become more connected than ever. As a result, our essential bond with nature has been weakened. AIPH strives to reignite and uphold an appreciation of plants that we believe is a basic human instinct. We support the work of grower associations globally and together we champion a prosperous industry, growing plants that enhance lives, advance societies and sustain our planet, for this generation and the next.