The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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ITIC: A Foundation Directly Sponsored by Transnational Tobacco Companies

 

  • The International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC) is a U.S.-based non-profit research and education organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. ITIC describes itself as an independent clearinghouse for best practices in taxation and investment policy that provides “its sponsors a seat at the policymaking table.”
  • ITIC’s main sponsors are large multinational corporations from the oil, alcohol and tobacco industries. ITIC’s sponsors include all of the leading transnational tobacco companies, and its Board of Directors includes representatives from BAT, PMI, JTI and Imperial Tobacco.
  • Internal tobacco industry documents made public through U.S.-based litigation settlements in 1998 disclose that ITIC has long played a role in facilitating the tobacco industry’s access to government officials. For example, a 1997 internal R.J. Reynolds memo describes ITIC’s role in assisting RJR and PMI in favourable tax reform in Russia.
  • ITIC provides advice to governments on tobacco tax issues. They hold workshops and meetings and provide technical advice through paid experts. They sponsor reports on illicit trade, producing illicit trade estimates with poorly defined methodology and often exaggerated rates of illicit trade. ITIC uses their workshops, contacts and research to push for tax systems and rates that benefit the industry over public health.

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International Tobacco Growers’ Association: Frequently Asked Questions

 

This fact sheet answers two questions:

1. What is the ITGA? Who does the ITGA represent?
2. Why is the ITGA excluded from deliberations of the WHO FCTC?

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Parties should review travel support at COP6

Since 2010, travel support available to FCTC Parties has been officially harmonised with WHO administrative policies (decision FCTC/COP4(21)).

As a result, many Parties are no longer eligible to receive support to participate at COP sessions, working groups and other official meetings.

Official travel support for governments should be reviewed again at the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

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FCTC budget and workplan - COP6

The budget of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is the total projected cost of the Convention’s workplan. It is established at each regular session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) for the next two-year period (biennium).

At COP6, the Parties will review the interim performance report for the 2014-2015 budget and workplan as well as adopt a budget and workplan for 2016-2017.

At COP6, Parties should clearly voice their preferred priorities for the FCTC’s 2016-2017 workplan. They should also take full advantage of the rules of procedure, which require that the administrative, financial and budgetary implications of all substantive agenda items must be submitted to the COP6.

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