From the INDIAN WINE ACADEMY Newsletter
Indian Decks Cleared for OIV Membership. Within a year of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries taking the in-principle decision for India to join the Paris based International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV, for Office International de la Vigne et du Vin), it has got the proposal cleared from various government departments. OIV has taken the final step of informing its Member States for any possible opposition, hopefully a mere formality. It appears that India is all set to join OIV.
According to sources, MOFPI (Ministry of Food Processing Industries) got the final clearance early last month and the decision to apply formally was communicated to OIV immediately. Previously, after thorough examination of the merits of joining the « August Body », the Ministry had taken the affirmative step through the positive efforts of the Indian Grape Processing Board. Subsequently, the permission of MEA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) was sought as per the government norms. Once the approval was received, the Finance Department of the Ministry had to give the final clearance which was subject to certain clarifications. (suite…)