International Grains Council has administered the grain trade Convention since 1949. Ukraine joined the International Grains Council in 1998 and became an exporting member on 6 July 2010. For the first time, IGC, with 29 member countries and the EU, is headed by a Ukrainian — deputy minister of the economy of Ukraine Taras Kachka.
"The presidency of IGC will allow Ukraine to broadly declare its position as a strong player on the foreign market and to make efforts to develop the global grain market taking into account the existing challenges", Taras Kachka said.
Kachka will take office on 1 July 2021 and will preside until 30 June 2022.
The new chapter of the Council has already been welcomed by his ministry and IGC colleagues: "This is the embodiment of the leadership ambitions of our state, which certifies its status as guarantor of the world’s food security", noted minister of foreign affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba.