AIPH elects new president

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has elected Bernard Oosterom as its new president. The announcement is made following the 67th Annual Congress held in Stresa, Italy, last week.

Bernard Oosterom, from The Netherlands, has been involved in international cooperation across the horticultural industry for many years. He is chairman of the Dutch Council for Cooperatives (NCR), chairman of the Dutch Flower Auctions Association (VBN), chairman of the Supervisory Board of FloraHolland and has been vice president of AIPH and chairman of the AIPH Novelty Protection Committee for the past three years.

Commenting on his election Bernard commented: ?AIPH is and wants to be an organisation of and for growers and growers associations. From that perspective I?m honoured to be the next president of AIPH. Together with our staff and all of you involved I?m sure that we can move AIPH in the right direction in the coming years.?

Amongst his aims for AIPH are to make it a global resource for promoting Green Cities, promoting international horticultural exhibitions, collating and disseminating data and information on the international ornamental horticultural industry, and further developing the association?s valuable network.

During the congress Tim Edwards from the United Kingdom was elected as the second AIPH vice president alongside Professor Qixiang Zhang from China. Gijs Kok, director of corporate affairs at FloraHolland in The Netherlands, has also joined the AIPH board as a representative of his region.

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