The IKEC is an international organization consisting of delegates from the Pacific and the EU, focusing on re-establishing the Kava trade between the Kava producing South Pacific Island States and the countries of the European Union. The American Herbal Products Association and the American Botanical Council are associated members of IKEC. The Pacific Forum Secretariat ; and the Governments of Fiji, Samoa; Tonga; and Vanuatu are inaugral support members of IKEC. The Pacific Governments are represented by their respective Ambassadors in the EU (Bruusels/London).
IKEC is a Non-Government ; Non-Profit organization Volunter organization created by its members to re-establsih the kava trade between the Pacific and Europe as well as to promote the kava trade world wide. The IKEC representative from the Pacific Island member countries and private sector representatives from industry and scientific organizations in Europe and USA are the key operators of IKEC-with ongoing support from the Pacific Governments and the European Union ACP-EU agencies.
Most of IKEC's activities from 2003 to now have been focused on the removal of trade restrictions imposed on the Kava Trade by various European Countries. Other activities include the organization of: 1) New Scientific research on the safety of Kava 2) International Conferences and workshops to bring together stakeholders and international experts to discuss scientific findings; trade developments; and relevant issues relating to the kava trade. 3) Meeting with the various countries that have imposed restrictions on the kava trade- to negotiate means of resolving and removing the restrictions 4) The creation and Preparation of Regional and International Stadards for quality and safety production of kava for export and use 5) Various forums to promote kava and to lobby for the removal of trade restrictions and and any anti-kava trade issues 6) Support all efforts both regionally and internationally to improve quality standards and capacity building for the kava trade. 7) Fundraising activities to support the above activities.
Executive Team and Council
Chairman-International Kava Executive Council
Mr. Edward Lotasiano Wilson- IKEC representative for the Pacific-Samoa President of Samoa Association of Manufacturers & Exporters Inc (1996 to 2010) Managing Director- Wilex Samoa Group of Companies. P.O.Box 3428.Apia.Samoa. Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: (685) 26726/23910 Cell:(685) 7223910
Dr.Joerg Gruenwald- IKEC representative for Europe Managing Director-Phytopharm Consulting Waldseeweg 6, 13467 Berlin, Germany. Tel: (049) 30-4000 8100 Email: email@example.com
Mr. Rupeni D.Koro -Charrman -Fiji Kava Council -Tel: (679) 6640996 Mob: (679) 7289151 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
IKEC- Representative- Kingdom of Tonga
Mr.Toaimoana Takataka President-Tonga Kava Council Managing Director -Kavalita Email: email@example.com
Mr.John Aruhuri General Manager- Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .(Replacement pending- HE Ambassador Roy Mickey Joy is current point of Contact).
1. HE Ambassador of the Kingdom of Tonga -EU-Brussels
2. HE-Ambassador of Vanuatu-EU-Brussels
3. HE-Fiji High Commissioner-London
4. HE-Ambassador of Samoa to the EU-Brussels
5. Pacific sland IKEC Reps
6. EU IKEC Reps
7. Pacific Island Forum Secretariat
8. USA assoc member
9. University of South Pacific
10. South Pacific Commission
11. Representatives of Industry in Germany