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India's Textile Minister to address 69th Plenary Meeting of ICAC
Jul '10
The Government of India has confirmed that H.E. Mr. Dayanidhi Maran, Union Minister of Textiles, will address the Inaugural Session of the 69th Plenary Meeting of the ICAC in Lubbock, Texas, USA on September 21, 2010. The Minister will provide his views on current developments in the cotton and cotton textile sectors of India and the world. India is the second largest producer, exporter and user of cotton in the world. Indian cotton yields and production have approximately doubled in the last decade, and India is a leading exporter of textile products.

The Minister will be joined by H.E. Ambassador Ali Mchumo, Managing Director of the Common Fund for Commodities, Under Secretary James Miller, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Sevices, USDA, Mr. Azmat Ali Ranjha, Minister Trade, Embassy of Pakistan, Mr. Eddie Smith, Chairman of the National Cotton Council of America, and Mr. Steve Verett, Executive Vice President, Plains Cotton Growers as speakers during the Inaugural Session.

• Topics of discussion during the plenary meeting will include:
• Resource Constraints and Cotton Production: Sustaining Cotton's Place in the World Market
• New Developments in Cotton Technologies
• The Impacts of Social and Environmental Standards on Demand for Cotton and Textiles
• The Outlook for Prices of Cotton and Competing Commodities
• Past Trade Rounds in the Multilateral Trading System: Are Their Lessons for the Doha Round?
• Improving Industry Efficiency in Storage, Transportation and Handling
• Demand Enhancement: Building on Successful Efforts
• Technical Seminar: “How to lower the cost of cotton production”
• Cotton Price Risk Management in the Post Recession Age
• Best Practices in Cotton Ginning
• Best Practices in Instrument Testing
• Progress toward Industry Harmonization and Standardization: Instrument Testing, Trade Rules and Pyhtosanitary rules

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.

International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)

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