ANGVA Members also gathered in Kuala Lumpur for their biennial Council
Meeting where members appoint a Board for a two-year term and receive
reports from office holders.
Chaired by ANGVA President, Datuk Abdul Rahim HJ. Hashim, the
meeting re-appointed the current Board, with the additional appointment
of Dr Chitrapongse Kwangsukstith, Senior VP of PTT Thailand Business
Gas Group, who assumes the position of ANGVA Senior Vice President.
In his report to members, Mr Rahim outlined the achievements of ANGVA
in the past two years, including a threefold increase in membership,
from 19 to 60 members, and culminating in the success of the ANGVA 2005
conference. Despite the increase in members, many of which had joined
during the conference, Mr Rahim said the Association was eager to
increase membership numbers substantially to increase the resources and
abilities of the association.
Another key achievement of the first two years of operation had been
the successful Safety Workshops, held under the auspices of the ANGVA
School. To date two courses have been held in Korea and one in Kuala
Lumpur. Plans are under way to conduct similar courses in Pakistan,
with the assistance of the local Hydrocarbon Development Institute.
Behind the scenes, the association had also established relationships with APEC, which will be built upon in the current term.
With the association developing, Mr Rahim said the Board had also
resolved to establish a number of sub committees to manage 4 key areas
of the association;, Education & Training, Technology &
Standards, Marketing and Business Development (including Membership),
and Policy & Government Relations. Portfolios will be assigned to
the VPs in the coming weeks. ANGVA members have been invited to take up
roles within the committees, with some offering their services at the
Secretary-General, Garth Harris, also foreshadowed possible changes to
membership rules, which the Board will be formulating in the coming
months. The changes will clarify membership requirements for
stakeholders holding other memberships in affiliated country
ANGVA’s next Council meeting will be held at the next conference in
2007. Details of the 2007 conference are to be decided in coming months.