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DATE: February 1, 2001
CONTACT: Peter Lacy (202) 328-5056

Dr. Robert L. Thompson Appointed New Chairman of the International Policy Council

Washington, DC - Lord Plumb of Coleshill today announced the appointment of Robert L. Thompson as the new Chairman of the International Policy Council on Agriculture, Food and Trade. The IPC is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and advocating policies that promote an efficient and open global agricultural system. Its 34-person membership hails from 20 countries and includes leaders from government, farming, business and academia. Dr. Thompson becomes the IPC's second Chairman, succeeding Lord Plumb, the organization's Chairman since 1987. Lord Plumb now assumes the position of Chairman Emeritus.

Dr. Thompson is Director of Rural Development at the World Bank. From 1993-1998 he was President and CEO of the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development. Before that he was Dean of Agriculture at Purdue University from 1987-1993, Assistant Secretary for Economics at the US Department of Agriculture from 1985-1987, and Senior Staff Economist for Food and Agriculture on the Council of Economic Advisors. Dr. Thompson is a founding member of the International Policy Council and he is Past President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists.

In announcing the appointment, Lord Plumb said "The IPC should be very excited to have someone of Dr. Thompson's immense experience serve as its Chairman. I can think of no one who is better able to lead the IPC in the future. His distinguished record as an economist, academician and leader in international development are perfectly suited to our efforts in the years to come to reach a new agreement in multilateral agricultural trade reform at the WTO. Dr. Thompson has been a dedicated member of the IPC for 13 years and we are very fortunate he has agreed to accept this leadership role."

The IPC is an independent organization dedicated to developing policies that support an efficient and open global agricultural system. Its membership includes 35 leaders and experts from 20 developed and developing countries, with backgrounds in farming, business, government and academia. The IPC will be very active during the WTO Round and can be reached at the numbers listed above.