The 2017 Conference of the FIM Commissions took place this weekend in Geneva bringing together almost 300 members of the FIM Family.
The annual gathering of the FIM Commissions is one of the most important occasions in the FIM’s year when the members of the FIM Board of Directors, the members of the FIM Commissions and the FIM Administration meet and exchange views and information. It is also a great occasion to celebrate and recognise the achievements of dedicated volunteers.
This year, the FIM will also be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the International Sustainability Commission (CID). This Commission, formerly known as the International Environment Commission, has recently changed its name in recognition of the FIM’s commitment to organisation of sustainable events.
The Conference of FIM Commissions highlighted the three strategic focuses of Sport, Beyond Sport, and Volunteers.
The Plenary Session of the Conference on Saturday morning included a presentation entitled ‘Focus on Commissions’ highlighting key projects and challenges.
There followed a ‘View from the Motorcycle Industry’ presented by Mr Edwin Bastiaensen, Secretary General of IMMA (International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association). He outlined the structure and aims of IMMA and some of the association’s members’ key projects, some of which are of considerable interest to the FIM.
The thematic part of the Session concluded with a workshop on “Identifying key skills and knowledge”. This is part of an initiative launched by the FIM under the umbrella of its Strategic Plan to develop and nurture the skills of its volunteers by various means including training delivered through a digital Academy.
At the end of the Plenary Session, honorary positions were awarded and loyal service awards were presented to members of the FIM Commissions.
The various FIM Commissions then met on Saturday afternoon and Sunday to review the latest season and discuss the challenges they face, improvements that need to be made and targets for the coming season and beyond. The Board of Directors meeting and a number of seminars and Board Committee meetings were also held in the days preceding the Plenary Session.
FIM Chief Executive Officer Steve Aeschlimann expressed his satisfaction following the annual FIM gathering. “The Conference of the FIM Commissions remains a very important opportunity to meet with all the members of the FIM Commissions. It gives us an opportunity to explore our shared objectives and to exchange views on how we can best work together to reach our targets. This gathering of the FIM family is also the perfect moment to thank and reward the volunteers for their valuable dedication to the FIM. These people are a pillar of the Federation and of motorcycling in general and without them, our sport would not be what it is today.”