Fédération Internationale de Philatélie
The primary aims of the FIP are:
- To promote stamp collecting and philately.
- To maintain friendly relations and friendship among all peoples.
- To establish and maintain close relations with the philatelic trade and postal administrations.
- To promote philatelic exhibitions by granting Patronage and Auspices
Since its inception in 1926, when a small number of European federations came together to found a worldwide organisation, the FIP has promoted the hobby that is sometimes called The King of Hobbies and the Hobby of Kings. FIP works to promote philately in developing countries, in Asia and in the industrialised countries, where it appears to be stagnating. It coordinates contact between the philatelic organisations in different countries.
The FIP is run by a Board of Directors with a President and three Vice-Presidents. Since 2010 the president is Tay Peng Hian of Singapore.
There are eleven FIP Commissions:
- Fight against Forgeries
- Philatelic literature
- Postal history
- Postal stationery
- Thematic philately
- Traditional philately
- Youth philately
Each Commission has its own Commissioner.
The FIP Congress takes place annually during one of the international exhibitions it has endorsed.
In 2004, FIP ran its first "World Stamp Competition" in Singapore and selected Tel Aviv for the second competition in 2008. The competitions involved national teams and philatelic jurors.
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- Horning, Otto (1970). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Stamp Collecting. Feltham, English: The Hamlyn Publishing Group. p. 63. ISBN 0-600-01797-4.
- "New FIP Board". FIP. 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
- "FIP Commissions/Sections". Fédération Internationale de Philatélie. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
- "FIP Exhibitions" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Philatélie. Retrieved 2008-02-08.[dead link]