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  • Ambassador Heaven’s term in office starts on January 1, 2014.
  • He told JIS News that chairing the ISO will put him in touch with events, which are important to the sugar industry in Jamaica.
  • As chair, Jamaica will host the next meeting of the ISO Council in Montego Bay in late May.

Ambassador Derrick Heaven was on November 29 elected as Chairman for the Council of the International Sugar Organization (ISO) during the meeting of the ISO Council in London.

Ambassador Heaven’s term in office starts on January 1, 2014.  He told JIS News that chairing the ISO will put him in touch with events, which are important to the sugar industry in Jamaica.

“I will be able to speak with the movers and shakers in the international arena,” he said, adding that this is important given the changes now taking place with Jamaica’s main sugar market, the European Union (EU).

As chair, Jamaica will host the next meeting of the ISO Council in Montego Bay in late May, and it is expected that more than 100 delegates will attend.

In addition to the ISO Council meeting, Ambassador Heaven attended the ISO’s 22nd International Seminar on Commercial Success for Sugar Crops, which was attended by some 500 international delegates and looked at investment, innovation and efficiency in the sugar industry.

He was also involved in the meeting of the United States (US)-based International Sugar Trade Coalition.

Ambassador Heaven told JIS News that the meeting discussed the very serious issue that has now arisen in the US, with the oversupply of sugar from Mexico under the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the implications for other countries including Jamaica, which also exports sugar to the US.

Ambassador Heaven is Executive Chairman of the Sugar Industry Authority (SIA).