Cancellation of GPC 2020 Convention
13 March 2020
Dear Industry Members,
We are writing you at the direction of the GPC Executive Committee to announce the cancellation of the GPC 2020 convention scheduled to take place April 15-18, 2020 in Dubai, UAE. This difficult decision was based on the rapidly increasing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and quickly changing scenarios for international travel and health related quarantines.
We have been diligently monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19, including information provided by leading public health organizations like the World Health Organization. With growing evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted quickly and easily, and an increasing number of companies and institutions implementing travel bans, the justification to cancel the convention is clear.
The health and well-being of our members, sponsors, exhibitors, staff and other participants far outweighs any potential financial consequences of cancelling this convention. Our commitment to the global pulse industry extends beyond our convention, as we look to protect the families and communities represented by the participants from 40 plus countries who regularly attend the convention.
Our sincere appreciation goes to all registered attendees, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors for their commitment to the convention and the mission of GPC. The annual convention and your voluntary membership fees are what fund GPC.
We are grateful to everyone that has already paid their memberships. Your membership fees helps support important activities to increase production and consumption of pulses (e.g., IYOP, World Pulses Day), address market access issues, etc. If you have not yet paid your membership dues, please support us in these difficult times by registering as a GPC member at: https://globalpulses.com/member/register/ .
We are also very grateful to our paid convention attendees, exhibitors and sponsors. You will all receive a credit for the next scheduled conference (more details to follow as available). Convention sponsors will be contacted individually as a follow-up to this announcement to discuss additional details.
Thank you again for your support during these difficult times. If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cindy Brown Vijay Iyengar Michael Kemperdick
President Executive V.P. Secretary