Chairman's Message

    Mr. Tran Ngoc Thuan
    ASEAN Rubber Business Council

    The Viet Nam Rubber Association (VRA) has officially taken over the Chairmanship of the ASEAN Rubber Business Council (ARBC) for the term 2021 – 2022 as approved at the 26th Assembly of the ASEAN Rubber Business Council by circulation on 21 May 2020. This is such an honor but also a great responsibility. We have launched the preparation work in all aspects early and are now ready to make the best of this responsibility.

    Over the past 15 years of establishment and development, ARBC today has become a dynamically developing regional organization of Southeast Asian countries, with cooperative activities in almost all rubber industry fields. We also would like to welcome the Myanmar Rubber Planters & Producers Association (MRPPA) as the seventh member of the Council. The Council has made significant contributions to the consolidation and promotion of stability and cooperation in Southeast Asia and the world rubber community. Simultaneously, it has been monitoring the progress and development of the natural rubber industry in member countries to foster closer coordination and goodwill amongst member organizations. Finally, it has also built reliable partnerships with all major rubber organizations and played a critical role in regional and international cooperation frameworks.

    As we all know, the appearance of the Covid-19 pandemic has plunged the world rubber industry into one of the worst crises of recent decades and has thrown the players in the entire value chain into chaos. Taking over the Chairmanship of ARBC in such a unique context, VRA strongly believes in our mutual support and cooperation to maintain the contribution of our beloved rubber industry to the respective countries’ economic growth, apart from being resilient and surviving for future years to come.

    Although there are still many difficulties and challenges in the short term, I believe that the rubber community will continue to step steadily and work side-by-side to overcome the immediate obstacles towards the industry’s sustainable growth. As the Chairman of the Council, I wish all member associations the best of luck in maintaining the success and development in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.