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68th Plenary Meeting of the ICAC to take place in Cape Town
Aug '09
2009 marks the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the ICAC at an International Cotton Meeting held in Washington, DC at the invitation of the Government of the United States of America in 1939. The 1939 meeting was held during 5-9 September, and so this 68th Plenary Meeting during September 7-11, 2009 will be exactly 70 years to the week since the founding of the Committee. It is notable that even as fighting was starting in what is now called World War II, countries felt that international cooperation in cotton was of sufficient importance to conduct the meeting that resulted in the establishment of the ICAC.

Large ending stocks, stagnant consumption, low prices and declining trade in cotton were the conditions that prompted the representatives of ten cotton producing countries and colony groups to form the ICAC in order to provide greater transparency to the market and to serve as a forum for international discussions.

While the activities of the Committee have changed over 70 years, the mission of the ICAC remains the same: To assist governments in supporting a healthy world cotton economy by raising awareness of cotton issues, by providing information necessary for decision-making and by facilitating cooperation among industry segments and governments on matters of shared international concern. The purpose of a plenary meeting is to move forward through agreements to cooperate and through the identification of best practices appropriate for national adoption.

Arrangements for the 68th Plenary Meeting are now essentially finished. The Organizing Committee in South Africa has done an excellent job of preparation, and the agenda for the meeting is complete. Total attendance will be between 400 and 500 people from approximately 45 countries and 8 international organizations.

The meeting will be held in Cape Town, South Africa at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). A variety of hotels are within walking distance of the CTICC, and the historic Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, combining history, leisure, shopping and sightseeing is nearby. Registration is available at ICAC.org.

The Secretariat of the Committee publishes information related to world cotton production, supply, demand and prices, and provides technical information on cotton production technology. Detailed statistics are found bimonthly in COTTON: Review of the World Situation, $185 per year via email, $225 per year in hard copy. A monthly outlook is available by email for $295 per year. Access to the latest weekly estimates of world cotton supply and use by the Secretariat is available on the Internet for $460 per year.

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