R.I.P. Dr. Gerard Chavancy, the Secretary General of ISC from 1990 to 2011

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Dear All,
With profound grief, we hereby inform that Dr. Gerard Chavancy, the Ex. Secretary General of International Sericultural Commission was passed away on Friday, the 11th of September 2020.
Dr. G. Chavancy was the Secretary General of ISC for a record 21 years, during the period from 1990 to 2011. He was elected to this post for 7 consecutive occasions. This alone denotes his popularity among the global silk fraternity. At that period, the global silk industry was facing some existential challenges coupled with few financial issues prevailing in the functioning of ISC. Dr. Chavancy, using his excellent relations with the silk producing and consuming countries and other international organizations, enabled the industry to come out from all these problems which paved the way for the substantial growth of the silk industry during the late 1990s and the beginning of 21st Century.
As the SG of ISC, Dr. Chavancy has acted as the guiding force for many countries in diverse fields like; introducing sericultural projects and programmes, R&D, innovation, promotion, trade, etc. Being a world renowned scientist on genetics and seri-biotechnology, his contribution in this field has been outstanding which fetched him the prestigious Louis Pasteur Award during the year 2012. Dr. Chavancy was the Chief Editor of “Sericologia”, the scientific journal of ISC for the period from 1990 to 2011 and later continue to serve till his last breath as the “Editor at Large”. Dr. Chavancy, was in fact the technical authority for sanctioning many silk industry projects funded by World Bank, UNDP, FAO, UNIDO, UNESCO, IFAD, SDC, etc.
Being a keen observer of the changing trends of global silk industry, Dr. Chavancy has taken special interest in shifting the ISC Hqs to a silk producing country like India. He continued to support for taking up many innovative activities and programmes by the ISC during the last 8 years of ISC’s functioning in India. Dr. Chavancy is known for his simplicity and frankness. Due to this, his opinion on many critical issues concerning the silk industry were highly beneficial for institutionalizing important policy decisions at global level. The sad demise of Dr. Chavancy is a great loss to the global silk fraternity and also to those associated with him for a long period of time.
On behalf of ISC Member Countries, our well-wishers and colleagues, we deeply sympathise with the family of Dr. Chavancy and pray that his soul Rest in Peace.

RAJIT RANJAN OKHANDIAR
SECRETARY GENERAL

Date: 
Wednesday, September 16, 2020