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ACTIF to host Organic Cotton Conference from June 24
May '08
The Business of Organic – Integrating the Cotton and Textile Supply Chain The African Cotton and Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF) is partnering with the U.S. based Organic Exchange are holding a Regional Organic Cotton Conference from 24th to 27th June 2008 in Kampala, Uganda.

The African Cotton & Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF) is a recently formed 'not for profit' organization, that represents the interests of the cotton, textile and apparel sectors from across sub-Saharan Africa. It is private sector industry driven and has a current membership of 22 national associations from 17 countries.

The ACTIF program and activities is supported by the Regional Agricultural Trade Expansion Support Program (RATES) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA. RATES project catalyzed the formation of ACTIF that has gained regional and International recognition as the voice of the African Cotton, textile and apparel industry trade.

ACTIF actively participated in the ongoing EPA negotiations and managed to come up with regional industry position (Single transformation) on the rules of origin for the textiles and apparel export to the E.U.

It also successfully negotiated for the extension of the AGOA and the inclusion of the textile products in the new AGOA trade arrangements. The above underscores the major roles ACTIF has played on behalf of the regional industry in the international trade arena. The Mission of ACTIF is, “to promote trade and increase market access for the cotton, textile and apparel industry in Africa.”

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