64th Annual Delegates’ Meeting
Ulkomaankaupan Agenttiliitto r.y./FFTAF (the Finnish Foreign Trade Agents Federation) hosted the 64th Annual Delegates’ Meeting of the Internationally United Commercial Agents and Brokers (IUCAB) in Helsinki last week, 25.-27.5.2017. Over the three days of the annual meeting the international delegates had a tight schedule of important meetings and keynote speakers from Finland.
The official 64th Annual Delegates’ Meeting took place on Friday the 26th of May. In the meeting the delegates had many issues on the agenda, e.g. the annual report of IUCAB and the IUCAB Action Plan for 2017. The delegates also elected IUCAB President and Vice-Presidents as well as the Auditors for the new term. Many topics relating the future of IUCAB were covered in discussions, the IUCAB branding process being a good example.
Friday’s afternoon was kicked off with the first Finnish keynote speaker, Mrs. Leena Mörttinen (Executive Director of Finnish Family Firms Association). Her topic ”The changing landscape of global economy and politics” was met with deep interest and raised lively discussion about the future worldwide. The second keynote speech by Pertti Särösalo (Sales Director of Accounter Russia&Ukraine) was about ”Trade with Russia – some special features”. This topic was specially wished for by the delegates and it also raised a lot of discussion and questions.
Friday was finished off with a Gala Dinner which took place in the premises of the National Museum of Finland. The building itself (designed by renowned Finnish architects Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren and Eliel Saarinen in 1902) catered a beautiful environment for the ceremonious dinner. During the dinner IUCAB presented the 8th George Hayward Award to a Swedish agent duo, Lindeblad & Wendin AB
IUCAB is the worldwide alliance of national independent sales company organizations. IUCAB Delegates’ Meeting in Helsinki gathered delegates from 21 different countries. The delegates represent over 750 000 independent sales companies in Europe, North America, Russia and Africa, at a political, economic and social level.