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The Pan African Meeting on Cotton
Jun '11
The Pan African Meeting on Cotton 2011 is a response to both the request of the African cotton producing countries made at the Multi-stakeholder Meeting on Cotton organised by UNCTAD's Secretary-General in Geneva on 2 December 2008.

At this first meeting, the African states requested that UNCTAD organize a second gathering of all stakeholders of the cotton sectors to discuss solutions to the challenges faced by the African states dependent on cotton exports. The Government of Benin offered to host this second meeting.

The Pan African Meeting on Cotton is in line with mandate of UNCTAD to address the links between international commodity trade and national development.

Event details:
The Pan African Cotton Meeting 2011
Date: June 27-29
Venue: Palais des Congrès, Cotonou, Benin

It is financially supported by the Common Fund for Commodities and the European Union.

The objective of the Pan African Cotton Meeting 2011 is to define a Road Map for the cotton sector in Africa for the next 10 years, based on the following priorities:

- Increasing productivity
- Improving marketing
- Increasing value addition

This initiative will build on the existing national and regional strategies for the cotton sectors, as well as the EU-Africa Partnership Action Framework on cotton.

The meeting will bring together representatives of regional economic communities, government officials, producer organizations, national industries, and international buyers, as well as development partners from international and bilateral organizations.

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD

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