As we come to the end of an extremely eventful year, I cannot help but notice how eventful this year has also been for CITLoB. Growing from a mere idea at the beginning of the year to a fully functional association by the end of it, we have come a long way. Along the way, we have been able to increase our visibility both nationally and internationally, broaden our LSP member base, add a chapter for freelance translation, interpreting and localisation professionals and, most importantly, create a platform that has started conversations between members.
I love how the association has become a fertile ground for thought-provoking and productive conversations. Pricing, payment terms, taxation, collaborations, M&As, market access, MT, training and lobbying are just some of the topics that members have brought up publicly or privately. This is an extremely reassuring development from where I see it, because I firmly believe that conversations are precursors to action. When members actively participate in discussions and begin raising issues that concern them, there is a greater impetus to act.
And act we will, now that manpower and money will not hold us back. The past few months have seen an increasing number of members come forward to volunteer to take up responsibilities. This, coupled with a Governing Body comprising democratically elected Vice Presidents and Association and Chapter Secretaries, will provide us with adequate manpower to do justice to every initiative. From January 2021, we will also start earning some revenue via memberships and sponsorships. That would eliminate a critical roadblock and make it easier for us to work towards our goals.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year. Take care and stay safe. Happy reading and happy CITLoBing.