Dear International Pepper Community Family,

A very happy new year to all of you! I hope you have celebrated the start of 2022 safely and in good spirits with your beloved family and friends. As we have closed the 2021 book, I want to take a moment to look back on 2021 and thank you all for your contributions over the past 12 months.

2021 was another encouraging year for the International Pepper Community. It was a year, even in the midst of these challenging times during the COVID-19 pandemic, we still worked together to discuss and strengthen on the development of the global pepper industry further that would help to guarantee our continued success in the future.

Among these are implementation of the work programmes and projects as stipulated on the framework of the IPC 3 Years Work Plan as well as the IPC Committee Work Plan. This is in particular to its role in promoting and coordinating the development of pepper industry which are much needed as we shift gears in the battle against COVID-19 with countries beginning to ease restrictions and reopen most of the economic sectors towards ensuring the sustainable development of the industry and the welfare of the pepper smallholders.

Despite the travel restrictions, the IPC Committees have managed to concluded some important works and accomplishments in 2021. Among others, the revision of the IPC Book on Good Agriculture Practice, the Manual on Quality Requirement of Pepper for Export and the Pepper Statistical Year Book 2020 and the development of the website database of Research and Development Products as well as the database of pepper consignments rejection by the consuming countries. Furthermore, we have also managed to conclude some of the pending work of the Committees among others the harmonization of the IPC Quality Standard with CODEX and ISO.

2022 is set to be another exciting year for us. We can look forward to working further on the many initiatives to deliver the best for IPC and the industry. Depending on the global scenario, we look forward to reviving the pepper industry by first half of 2022, and in the interim, the focus will be more on post-pandemic plan for the pepper industry in ensuring its sustainability. Moreover, the IPC Committees have also formulated series of activities for 2022 which include research on pepper product traceability, determination of MRLs values of IPC member countries, development of product display platform to help assist showcasing of pepper products, trade statistical analytical tools, launching of the IPC Standard book, proficiency testing program and many other programmes for the benefit of the pepper industry.

Working together we have made good progress toward our strategic goals despite significant challenges, not the least of which have been the ongoing disruptions from the pandemic that continues to have such a substantial impact on our own work and home lives, as well as on the lives of our customers stakeholders.

Last but not least, as much as we are all aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is a global shock like no other involving real-time disruptions to both supply and demands in an interconnected world economy including the pepper industry. In addition, I always believe that two heads are better than one and as such it is with our high hope that all IPC member countries together with its associate members will work together hand-in-hand and strengthen our networking and cooperation for the betterment of the pepper industry particularly during these trying times.

I want to thank all of you for your continued support, commitment and effort to IPC and the pepper industry. Every one of us has an important role to play in the work ahead and I’m confident that together we will achieve great things.

I wish you and your loved ones a happy and successful 2022!

Kind regards,
Salam hormat,

Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki
Executive Director