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Five Breakout Sessions at 69th ICAC Plenary Meeting
Sep '10
Preparations for the 69th Plenary Meeting of the ICAC are in the final stage. Official documents for the meeting, including reports from the Secretariat and the Chair of the Standing Committee, have been mailed to heads of delegations. The City of Lubbock, Texas and the Overton Hotel and Convention Center are prepared. Registration and hotel reservations are proceeding smoothly, and between 400 and 500 participants from more than 40 countries and 10 international organizations are expected.

A full agenda for the meeting with the names of chairpersons, speakers and panelists is available at website. The agenda includes six Open Sessions:

• 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
• Outlook for Prices of Cotton and Competing Commodities
• How to Lower the Cost of Cotton Production
• Progress Toward Industry Harmonization and Standardization

Four Plenary Sessions are scheduled:

• Inaugural
• Past Trade Rounds in the Multilateral Trading System: Are there lessons for the Doha Round?
• Statements
• Closing

Five Breakout Sessions and a Round Table Discussion have been arranged:

• Improving Industry Efficiency in Storage, Transportation and Handling
• Demand Enhancement: building on Successful Efforts
• Cotton Price Risk Management in the Post Recession Age
• Best Practices in Cotton Ginning
• Best Practices in Instrument Testing
• Water Use Efficiency, Lessons from Texas

The deadline for guaranteed rates and availability at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center has past, but some rooms in the Overton remain available and there is ample space in the overflow hotels nearby. Participants are advised to register and make hotel reservations on line if they have not already done so.

International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)

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