The IOC Executive Director, Mr Abdellatif Ghedira, recently paid a visit to the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Spain, H.E. Mr Ahmed Shafik Ismail Mahmoud Abdelmoeti, who has headed the Egyptian Embassy in Madrid since 2015.
The meeting took place on 6 May and is one of a schedule of visits planned by the Executive Secretariat with the Ambassadors of the IOC member countries, aimed at tightening cooperative ties with Members.
The Executive Director gave the Ambassador a copy of the new International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, which will be in force from 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2026, and explained the major changes vis-à-vis the preceding Agreement, notably that the IOC opens its doors to consumer countries and strengthens its activities in specific areas of the olive/olive oil commodity chain.
When taking leave of the Ambassador, the Executive Director presented him with a dedicated copy of the Arabic edition of the World Olive Encyclopaedia published by the IOC.