ime flies when you are having fun and 2019 is already a few months old. As far as the our operations are concerned the internal registration of Cites I species is finalized. After the catastrophic upgrading of African greys at CoP 17 a huge number of African grey breeders have been registered in Switzerland and we can be proud that the most registered Cites I parrot breeding facilities are now in South Africa. An African Grey fund was also established with the sole porpuse of protecting the wild African grey population. Projects are currently identified worthy of our support.

We are still building our relations with the South African authorities and are getting their full support despite challenges they experience.

We are going to again represent our members at the upcoming CoP18 event and wish our representatives well.

With the ongoing outbreak of HPAI the exports are still struggling to get under way and we hope that matters will improve.

Lastly, we would like to look back on the year 2018 where we lost some great friends of the parrot industry. In this regard we would like to make special mention of the beloved Dr Chris Kinsley, one of the founding members of PASA.