This year's events include meetings of three working committees, judging of Asia Star Awards Contest. The meeting of the Board of Administration and the General Assembly of the Federation is scheduled to be held on 13th December. The grand finale of these events will be the Asia Star 2017/Lanka Star Awards Presentation on 13th December.
Recognizing the necessity for international cooperation of packaging organizations of Asian countries, the representatives of packaging organizations in China, India, Japan, Korea and the Philippines met in Tokyo, Japan, in 1967 and resolved upon the formation of the Asian Packaging Federation (APF).
The Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging, the only body representing the Sri Lankan packaging industry joined the Federation in 1978 during the time of the founder President of the Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging, Stanley Wickremaratne who himself became a Vice President in 1989 and later the 13th President of the Asian Packaging Federation in 1991 and 1992 and subsequently become a Vice President of the World Packaging Organization.
The Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging got the opportunity of hosting the 14th APF Congress along with its meetings of the Board of Administration, General Assembly, judging of Asia Star contest and its 20th anniversary celebrations in Colombo in 1987 which was the first international packaging event that was held in Sri Lanka hosted by the Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging. Subsequently, the APF had its board meeting and related events in Sri Lanka on two other occasions - in 1986 and 2003.