1. Access to Authentic Information on Natural Rubber Industry
The Association has the following four technical committees/groups:
- Information and Statistics Committee
- Industry Matters Committee
- Working Group of Experts for Demand-Supply Analysis
- Expert Group on Project on Promotion of Natural Rubber as an Environment-friendly Raw Material and Renewable Resource
These committees and groups are represented by experts in the respective areas from all Member Governments. The networking through these forums benefit each Member Government in learning from the experiences of other Governments in extension management, processing practices, marketing channels, cost saving measures and other rubber development strategies.
ANRPC facilitates information services covering statistics and updates of rubber industry in all Member Countries. ANRPC is the fastest data source in natural rubber industry. Moreover, this is the only data source in the world rubber industry which is fully based on official data from the governments concerned.
2. Facilitates Promotion of Natural Rubber Exports
ANRPC promotes export of natural rubber from Member Countries by freely showcasing each Member Country’s exporters through the Association’s Directory provided at the website. This helps individual suppliers as well as the country as a whole in promoting exports.
3. Gets a Role in Formulating Common Policies on Issues Confronting NR Producers
ANRPC facilitates policy formulation and collective bargaining on common issues confronting rubber production sector. One of the current priorities of the ANRPC is getting eligibility for rubber plantations for receiving credit under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of Kyoto Protocol relating to climate change.
Natural rubber producing countries face various challenges in the form of shortage of skilled labourers, spiralling wages, surging cost of material inputs, non-availability of land, inadequate infrastructure for extension, marginalization of holdings, postponement of replanting, ageing of trees, low productivity, adversities of climate change, crop-shift to oil palm and increase in average age of farmers. Joint and coordinated efforts through an inter-governmental body are extremely helpful for each Member Government in meeting the challenges.
4. Opportunity for Exposure Visits
Officials in Member Governments and rubber industry stakeholders in Member Countries get valuable exposure by participating in the events of the ANRPC which are organized annually in different Member Countries. The annual events are usually followed by an exposure visit to rubber plantations, nurseries and processing factories in the country where the events are held.
Government of a country producing natural rubber can become a member of the ANRPC by ratifying the Constitution of the ANRPC and depositing the Instrument of Accession. The following is the format of the Instrument of Accession to be signed by the Government:
On receiving a communication from a government expressing interest in joining the ANRPC, the Secretariat of the ANRPC will provide all assistance in completing the procedure of accession.
There is no joining fee. Activities of the ANRPC are funded by contributions from Member Governments to the approved budget for each year. Each Member Government pays a basic contribution equivalent to 5000 US dollar per annum. The balance amount required in meeting the budget for the year is paid by Member Governments in proportion to their production of natural rubber.