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FEATURE: ANALYSTS SEE V-SHAPED ECONOMIC RECOVERY IN 2021

We have faced major
problems in terms of
logistics and distribution
of products to
consumers. But one way
or another, they have
found a solution.
Abdolreza Abbassian,
senior economist for the FAO

IGC welcomes Serbia as its
newest member
The International Grains Council during its annual
conference, held virtually this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, officially welcomed
Serbia as a member and acknowledged the UK's application letter to join the IGC from Jan. 1, 2021, in
accordance with the agreement on the withdrawal of
the United Kingdom from the European Union, also
known as Brexit.
The IGC met via video conference due to COVID-19
travel restrictions and current UK government restrictions on social distancing.
The secretariat also updated the Council on its ongoing projects, which include:
x Updating of the five-year supply and demand
forecasts for the main commodities, particularly
demand for feed, food and industrial use;
x Publishing a balance sheet for pulses for main
exporters;
x Implementing Market Dashboards for the four
main commodities (wheat, maize, soybeans
and rice) to show market developments (prices,
margins, trade).
x Developing a methodology for building supply
and demand balances for maize-based ethanol,
starting with the major producers;
x Developing potential new partnerships with
organizations from Eurasia and Sub-Saharan
Africa.
Also during the conference, IGC members agreed
to sign a memo of agreement between the IGC and
MED-AMIN, which would include sharing information on harvests, pulses and the cost and freight price
monitoring system for the Mediterranean region.

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