Sri Lanka will host a key meeting of officials from major tea producing and consuming nations next week.
The 20th Session of Food and Agriculture Organisationís Inter-Governmental Group on Tea will meet in Colombo from January 30 to February 01, a statement from the Sri Lanka Tea Board said.
"Today, there is political uncertainty in some of our key markets and added to this is the global financial crisis which will affect any industry whose main focus is export," said Janaki Kuruppu, chairperson of the Sri Lanka Tea Board.
Delegates from over 25 countries will participate in this yearís FAO/IGG sessions.
Some of the countries include India, China, Kenya, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Africa, Argentina representing tea producing countries.
The USA, Canada, UK, Pakistan, Russia and UAE will be represented as tea consuming or importing countries.
"The focus of the sessions which are held biannually is to discuss and resolve issues related to production, marketing, pricing and consumption of tea faced by the international tea industry in a single platform and discuss the way forward for the next 10 years," the statement said.
The United Nations FAO/Intergovernmental Group on Tea which was established in 1969 is a forum where important policies and strategies related to the global tea industry are formulated.