Global Toy Industry Priority Issues and Projects Discussed at 41st Annual General ICTI Meeting

12 May 2015

Representatives of national toy trade associations from around the world convened in Cancun, Mexico last week for the International Council of Toy Industries' (ICTI) 41st Annual General ICTI Meeting. Hosted by the Mexican Toy Association (AMIJU), the 3-6 May meeting explored issues currently affecting the worldwide toy industry – including the future of toys and the value of play, social responsibility, changing technology and its impact on the supply chain, and testing cost pressures.

Each participating country shared a State of the Industry Report during the proceedings; they are now available online for viewing by ICTI members only.

The meeting also included a presentation on “The World Economy and the Toy Industry,” delivered by Frederique Tutt of The NPD Group, and a special report on ICTI CARE, the toy industry’s ethical manufacturing program, presented by new President & CEO of the ICTI CARE Foundation, Carmel Giblin.

On the last day of the meeting, the following officers were elected to serve on the ICTI Board of Directors: President, May Liang of the China Toy & Juvenile Products Association (term ending in 2018); Vice President/Americas, Synesio Batista da Costa of the Brazil Toy Association (ABRINQ) (one-year term); Vice President/Asia, John Tong of the Hong Kong Toys Council (HKTC) (one-year term);and Vice President/Europe, Ulrich Brobeil of the German Toy Association (one-year term)

The next ICTI Annual General Meeting will take place 5-7 June 2016 in Annecy, France. More information will be shared on the ICTI website in the coming months.

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