Dear International Colleague,
Welcome to our latest edition of the newsletter. The focus is on our convention held in Melaka, Malaysia
and, without a doubt, not only the high spot of our International year but also the biggest and best Convention ever. And this followed our biggest and best convention held last year in Colombo, Sri Lanka and proved that as an organisation we are moving forward and growing in a dramatic way.
The articles and photos that follow hope to demonstrate that and hope also to excite those of you who could not attend. We again had a great mix of business and informality and demonstrated why we are a unique organisation that is determined to work together as a profession and look to make an impact in our individual countries and sectors and use the power and advantage of being represented in over 30 countries internationally.
On a business front we devoted half a day to reviewing our strategy and organisation and also added to that a half day focus on our two key areas of Membership and Education. In both these sessions we broke out into table groups to ensure all voices were heard and all opinions captured and the outputs of these sessions will again fashion the agenda for us over the next 12 months.
So where to next year? Universally the delegates loudly requested we meet again in 12 months time despite the fact we have no host as yet. The strong view was that we could go backwards if we didn’t and so in 2015 we will break the mould by creating an event that will have a shared organisation by the International family and a country organisation. That in itself will prove the power of our organisation and test our togetherness. We have progressed in the last few weeks and the CILT in the UAE have agreed to work with us for the Convention in 2015. We hope to announce the time and details in the next few months and are looking at likely timings of September or October 2015. Meanwhile you need to do two things – read about the Melaka Convention and understand its value, – and then open your diaries and put a note in to book your time out for Convention 2015