In conjunction with the RTAS Lunar New Year Dinner held on 24th February 2023, the ASEAN Rubber Business Council (ARBC) had organized the 28th Meeting of Technical Committee and Contract Matters (TCCM) on 25th February 2023 at Carlton Singapore Hotel. Among the important matters discussed in the meeting were international rubber trade contracts, the current market conditions, issues on international rubber trade as well as the administrative matters of the council. The 28th TCCM was chaired by Mr Teo Soon Huat from FRTAM. A special session on Sharing Information on Sustainability of NR was also held to discuss sustainability matters among ARBC member countries. The session was chaired by Mr. Widyantoko Sumarlin representing the Rubber Trade Association of Indonesia (GAPKINDO). The meeting also witnessed the handover of ARBC Chairmanship from Vietnam Rubber Association (VRA) to the Association for Rubber Development of Cambodia (ARDC) for the term 2023-2024.
Representatives from association members of ARBC that attended the meeting were Rubber Trade Association of Singapore (RTAS), Thai Rubber Association (TRA), Rubber Trade Association of Indonesia (GAPKINDO), Association for Rubber Development of Cambodia (ARDC), Vietnam Rubber Association (VRA), and Malaysian Rubber Exchange/Federation of the Rubber Trade Associations of Malaysia (MRE/FRTAM). Myanmar Rubber Producers & Planters Association (MRPPA) joined the meeting via online. MRE which is a unit under the Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) is a permanent secretariat for ARBC.