|AG of the ASI Strasbourg
A new President for the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale
turns to future
Accompanied by three other Best Sommeliers of the World: Gérard Basset, Philippe Faure-Brac and Serge Dubs, the Japanese professional has been unanimously elected. He presented his project that aims at speeding up the development of the ASI which took advantage of this assembly to welcome Uruguay and Taiwan in its bosom.
|Three years after, having agreed to assume presidency of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, the Japanese Kazuyoshi Kogai stepped down during the General Assembly organized in Strasbourg. The assesment of his work, especially putting back finances on an even keel and successfully taking over the organization of the important continental contests, has been acclaimed by the representatives of about forty countries present for the occasion.
A new leaf has been turned over however: Shinya Tasaki, the only candidate to take over the presidency, presented his plan of action. It hinges on seven major trends that he made a point of explaining. His top priority is to strengthen the financial basis of the A.S.I.. Shinya Tasaki wants to cross a decisive step, whether it is with the support of partners already very present on contests like Moët et Chandon represented in Strasbourg by Jean Berchon and Stanislas Rocoffort de Vinnière, or independently.
For this the new President counts on the A.S.I. website which overhaul might be accompanied by the development of advertising. “This site has to become the development tool of our association” he kept repeating.
Photo de gauche. Président sortant, Kazuyoshi Kogai
Recognition through communication
This financial contribution has to back up the development of the activities of the A.S.I. but also enable it to bring a more substantial support to the countries candidates for the organization of the greatest contests. Tests and winners Shinya Tasaki wishes to make better known. “Our weak point still is communication” the new President underlined. “We have to be structured to get even further.” He also evoked his will to work on education and to create an accreditation examination that would bear the official A.S.I. hallmark.
1 – Masaharu Oka is the new President
2 – Yusen Lin, cofounder of the Taiwanese Association.
3 – Angel Pereira presides over the Uruguyan Association.