Following his meeting on 6 May 2016 with the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Madrid, His Excellence Mr Ahmed Shafik Ismail Mahmoud Abdelmoeti, the IOC Executive Director, Mr Abdellatif Ghedira, again visited the permanent representative of Egypt in Spain to discuss the state of progress of the ratification of the new International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, 2015. He took the opportunity to remind the Ambassador that the IOC member countries had been invited to deposit their instrument of ratification of the new Agreement with the Depositary (United Nations in New York) before the end of 2016 or to submit a notification of its provisional implementation as of 1 January 2017.
The Executive Director also informed the Egyptian Ambassador that the IOC has offered its member countries grants for the organisation of activities to celebrate World Olive Day, which takes place every year on 26 November. He used his visit to the Embassy to provide information about upcoming courses, workshops and meetings (namely the 104th session of the Council of Members, which will be held in Madrid from 22 to 25 November), and of the IOC’s participation in COP22.
The Ambassador of Egypt reiterated his country’s interest in the Organisation and thanked the IOC Executive Director for his visit, undertaking to transmit the information concerning the ratification of the Agreement to the competent national authorities.