About International Coal Preparation Congress (ICPC)
The International Coal Preparation Congress (ICPC) was an offshoot of the Allied Coal Commission which was constituted as part of the Marshall Plan post World War II to initiate the process of reconstruction of Europe. The first ICPC was held in 1950 in France and subsequent Congresses were held in Germany, Belgium, UK, USA, Poland, Australia, Ukraine, Russia, India,
Canada, Japan, South Africa, Turkey and China. ICPC is now held every three years in a country selected by the IOC through ballot.The International Organizing Committee (IOC) of the ICPC is a body which has representatives from 15 countries. Representation on IOC is by a non-government organization which deals in their respective country with the issues relating to coal preparation.
The goals of the ICPC inter alia, are:
- To ensure the growth and development of the coal preparation industry, support and promotion of scientific and technical cooperation among all countries
- To facilitate the exchange of information about the state-of art technologies in the field of coal mining, preparation and transportation of coal. Also promote new and emerging technologies in the area of environment friendly and low emission coal utilisation.
- To bring together experts from different countries in order to form professional contacts, exchange experimental results, and promote international cooperation.
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