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Discussion on important issues concerning cotton industry
May '10
The Chair of the Standing Committee of the International Cotton Advisory Committee, Mr. Azmat Ali Ranjha of Pakistan, presents his compliments to members of the press covering cotton, agricultural and trade issues, and has the honor to extend an invitation to their news organizations to be represented as observers at the 69th Plenary Meeting of the International Cotton Advisory Committee to be held in Lubbock, Texas, USA, September 20-25, 2010, at the invitation of the Government of the United States of America.

The theme of the 69th Plenary Meeting will be “Cotton Industry Growth Through Global Unity.” Sessions and workshops are planned to discuss important issues concerning cotton's place in the world market; new developments in cotton technology; the impact of social and environmental standards on demand; the outlook for prices of cotton and competing commodities; the Doha Round and regional trade agreements; improving cotton's storage, transportation and handling; demand enhancement; best practices in ginning and in instrument testing; progress toward harmonization and standardization of the rules on instrument testing, trade, and on phytosanitary measures; and cost reduction in the value chain.

A technical seminar will be conducted on how to lower the cost of cotton production. The following meetings will occur on the margins of the plenary meeting: meeting of the Private Sector Advisory Panel (PSAP); meeting of the Task Force on Commercial Standardization of Instrument Testing of Cotton (CSITC); meeting of the Expert Panel on Social, Environmental and Economic Performance of Cotton (SEEP); and meeting of the International Forum for Cotton Promotion (IFCP).

The International Cotton Advisory Committee is an association of governments having an interest in the production, export, import, and consumption of cotton. It is an organization designed to promote cooperation in cotton affairs, particularly those of international scope and significance. It affords its members an understanding of the world cotton situation and provides a forum for international consultation and discussion. The Committee has consultative status with the U.N. and its specialized agencies and cooperates closely with other international organizations in matters of common interest.

Current members of the ICAC are the governments of Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, China (Taiwan), Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, the Republic of Korea, Mali, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Turkey, Uganda, the USA, Uzbekistan, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)

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