IGA, as a voluntary organization, has a remarkable history and has served its purposes well in promoting goat production, development and research over the last three decades, especially in developing countries.
Each member of the IGA has his/her share of supporting the objectives of the association. I am grateful to our board members for supporting me personally during my presidential term. Special thanks are due to our past Vice-President and new President Pierre Morand-Fehr, our past-Secretary/Treasurer Rosalee Sinn and to past-President J. Boyazoglu for their tremendous efforts and absolute dedication to our association.
The success of the 7th ICG in Tours was obvious. I would like to congratulate the French Committee, especially Lucas Gurner and Yves for a well-planned conference and recognizable achievement in bringing together producers, industrialists and extensionists, together with the scientists as active participants to the Tours Conference.
We trust that our South African colleagues will lead us more successfully to the 8th ICG. The efforts of our Vice-President Norman Casey, for early preparation of the 2004 ICG, are highly commended.
The Small Ruminant Research Journal has established itself as a well-recognized scientific journal and we are all proud of it. I want to commend M. Fahmy, Editor-in-Chief and his associate editors for their excellent work and commitment of time and efforts to our journal. We have had excellent cooperation in this regard from Elsevier, thanks to Ken Plaxton and his colleagues.
IGA membership has been improved detectably over the last years; however, this is an area that needs more efforts. Thanks for Chris Lu for a good job organizing the Country Representatives and Regional Coordinators; they will surely have a significant role in promoting the objectives and membership of our association in their own countries region.
Since Beijing our Constitution and By-laws have been revised as joint effort by all Board members, with special efforts from the IGA founder, Warren Foote, Jean Boyazoglu and I.
We had been able to issue a number of IGA newsletters, thanks to the efforts of Rosalee Sinn, but not as regular as we wish it to be. One of the key reasons is that our members are not providing material for the newsletter. I want to thank Chris Lu for his willingness to take responsibility of the newsletters during the next term and expect all of you to provide him with a flow of information to share it among ourselves through the newsletter.
The partnership of Heifer Project International, which became a formal agreement in 1997, is deeply appreciated. HPI hosted the Secretariat of IGA for the past nine years. I want to express our thanks to Robert Pelant, who brought this support to fruition, and extend our thanks to Jo Luck and to Jim De Vries of HPI for their support and partnership. We are also grateful to Beth Miller who has agreed to carry on the responsibility of Secretariat/Treasurer of IGA and continue the tradition of hosting the IGA Secretariat by HPI.
We have now a new slate of officers and newly elected board members; E. Sinapis (Greece), J. Honmode (India), P. Jiabi (China), C. Peacock (UK), J. De Vries (USA), and J. P. Dubeuf (France), I trust that all of them will devote all possible efforts to support our association.
We have full trust in our friend and colleagues Pierre Morand-Fehr, our new President, who has been a lifelong supporter for our association. He is full of energy and good ideas which will move the association ahead. I expect every one of us to give his/her maximum support and I wish him luck in his presidential term.
The International Goat Association promotes goat research and development for the benefit of humankind, to alleviate poverty, to promote prosperity and to improve the quality of life.