81st Plenary Meeting

02 December 2023 - 07 December 2023 , Jio World Convention Centre, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai 400 098, Maharashtra, India

Cotton Value Chain: Local Innovations for Global Prosperity

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FINAL STATEMENT OF THE 81TH PLENARY MEETING: ARABIC, ENGLISH, FRENCH, RUSSIAN, SPANISH

ACCOMMODATION 

The following 2 hotel options are proposed:

The Trident Bandra Kurla hotel is located near the venue and 10.4 km / 24 minutes from the international airport;  7.4 km / 18 minutes from the domestic airport and 110 meters / 3 Minutes from the Jio World Convention Centre (where the 81st ICAC Plenary Meeting will be held).

Trident, Bandra Kurla, Mumbai
C-56, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex
Mumbai 400 051
India
Direct Phone : +91 (0) 22 6672 7777
Mobile: +91 8879773193
Fax Number: 022 6672 7870
www.tridenthotels.com
Link for Hotel virtual tour: http://trident.photowebasia.com/bandra-kurla/index.html


The LaLiT Sahar, Mumbai, is another accomodation option, which is located near the international airport.
The hotel is located at 1 km / 3 minutes from the international airport; 4.7 km / 21 minutes from the domestic airport; 24 km / 72 minutes from the railway — Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus; 22 km / 60 minutes from the Railway - Mumbai Central; and 10.2 km / 30 minutes from the Jio World Conventional Centre (where the 81st ICAC Plenary Meeting will be held).

The LaLiT Mumbai
Sahar Airport Road,
Mumbai – 400059,
India.
Direct Phone : +91 (0) 22 66992222
Mobile: +91 9987603100
www.thelalit.com


PROVISIONAL AGENDA OF THE 81st PLENARY MEETING 
(As of 8 November 2023). The time is for Mumbai, India

 

PUBLICATIONS

Procedural Matters for the 81st Plenary Meeting (English, Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish


On Free Access:
Cotton: Review of the World Situtation, October issue (English) – The ICAC RECORDER, September issue (English) – Production and Trade Subsidies Affecting the Cotton Industry (English, French, Spanish) –  Specialty Cotton, December 2023 Issue (English) – Cotton: World Statistics (Compile the data to download the Report from the tab "World Cotton Statistics" of the ICAC Data Portal)


Paid Access 
(Please use Google Chrome to order. Members and subscribers can access with their password): ICAC Cotton Data Book (English)  – World Cotton Trade (English) – World Texttile Demand (English)


COUNTRY REPORTS (Members and non Members) 

Argentina (Spanish) Australia Burkina Faso Egypt European Union Greece Japan Pakistan
Spain (Spanish) Taiwan Tanzania Türkiye USA Zambia    

 

SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 2023

08:30 – 16:30

Registration 


09:00-10:30

Meeting of the Expert Panel on Social, Environmental and Economic Performance of Cotton Production (SEEP)

Chair: Mr Allan Williams, GM, R&D Investment CRDC. University of Sydney, Australia.
Biography


09:00-10:30

Meeting of the Task Force on the Commercial Standardization of Instrument Testing of Cotton (CSITC)

Chair: Dr Marinus (René) van der Sluijs, Principal Consultant, Textile Technical Services. Victoria, Australia.
Biography


10:30-12:00

Meeting of the Private Sector Advisory Council (PSAC)

Chair: Mr Peter Wakefield, CEO, Wakefield Inspection services, Taiwan.
Biography


10:30-12:00

Meeting of the Executive Committee of the International Cotton Researchers Association (ICRA) 

Chair: Dr Mohammed Negm, Professor of Spinning Research, Cotton Research Institute, ARC, Giza, Egypt. 
Biography

 

12:00-14:00

Lunch at the Lotus-3 Hall

 

14:00-15:30

Inaugural Plenary Session
Chairperson of the Session: Mr Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Textiles, Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Government of India


MINUTES

– Invitation of dignitaries to the dais
   Lighting of the Traditional Lamp


– Welcome Address by Ms Roop Rashi, Textile Commissioner, Chairperson of the Organizing Committee, ICAC


– Opening remarks by Ms Rachna Shah, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India 


– Approval of the Agenda of the ICAC 81st Plenary Meeting


– Report of the Executive Director

Mr Eric Trachtenberg, Executive Director, ICAC
Biography
Presentation (English, Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish)


– Report of the Chairman of the Standing Committee presented by Mr. Patrcik Packnett, Immediate Past Chair of the Staning Committee, on behalf of H.E.M. Aly Touré. 

H.E.M. Aly Touré
Biography
Presentation (English, Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish)


– Reports by ICAC Panels: 

Mr. Allan Williams, Chair of ICAC- Social, Environmental and Economic Performance of Cotton Production (SEEP)
Dr. Marinus (René) van der Sluijs, Chair of ICAC- Commercial Standardization of Instrument Testing of Cotton (CSITC)
Mr. Peter Wakefield, Chair of ICAC- Private Sector Advisory Council (PSAC)
Dr. Mohamed Negm, Chair of ICAC-International Cotton Researchers Association (ICRA)


– Address by Guest of Honour, Shri Chandrakant (Dada) Patil, Hon’ble Minister of Higher and Technical Education, Textiles, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Government of Maharashtra


– Address by Guest of Honour, Ms Darshana Vikram Jardosh, Hon'ble Minister of State for Textiles and Railways, Government of India through video conference


– Recognition of the ICAC Researchers of the Year, 2023

Dr Mike Bange, Commercial Research Manager, CSD, Australia
Biography


– Release of the Souvenir


– Kasturi Cotton:

  • Release of the Customized Corporate My Stamp on Kasturi Cotton and Special Cover with Special Cancellation
  • Unveiling of 1st set of products made from Kasturi Cotton


– Introduction to 'Bharat Tex 2024' event


– Presidential Address by the Chief Guest, Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Textiles, Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Government of India


–Vote of Thanks


– Photograph of Heads of Delegations with Guests of Honour & Chief Guest


16:05-16:35

Refreshment Break, close to the Exhibitor booths area


16:35-18:35

First Open Session: Technologies to increase productivity
Chair: Mrs Shubha Thakur, Joint Secretary (Crops), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare
Co-Chair: Mr T. Raj Kumar, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cotton of Confederation of Indian Textile Industry 


MINUTES

Combating Challenges in Cotton Production

Dr Tilak Raj Sharma, Deputy Director General (CS), ICAR, Delhi, India
Biography
Presentation


Cotton Resurgence through a sustainable value chain

Mr Suresh Kotak, Chairman, Kotak Commodities Ltd.
Biography
Presentation

Best Global practices for a sustainable cotton roadmap 

Mr Alan McClay, CEO, Better Cotton Initiative, Geneva, Switzerland.
Biography
Presentation


Success stories on enhancing productivity and income of cotton farmers 

Dr CD Mayee, President, South Asia Biotechnology Centre, New Delhi, India
Biography
Presentation


Concluding Remarks  – Mrs Shubha Thakur


19:30-22:00

Welcome Reception by the Host Country

 

SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2023

8:00-8:30

Registration


9:00-10:30

Second Open Session: Reports from the ICAC Secretariat 
Chair: Mr Lalit K. Gupta, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, The Cotton Corporation of India Ltd.
Co-chair: Mr Sourabh Kulkarni, Director, Office of the Textile Commissioner


MINUTES

Global Economics of Cotton Production

Dr Keshav Kranthi, Chief Scientist, ICAC
Biography
Presentation


World Cotton Market Outlook

Ms Parkhi Vats, Commodity Trade Analyst, ICAC
Biography
Presentation


World Cotton Trade and and Specialty Cotton

Ms Parkhi Vats, Commodity Trade Analyst, ICAC
Biography
Presentation


Forecasting Global Textiles Demand and Supply: Trends and Insights

Mr Usman Kanwar, Head of Textiles, ICAC
Biography
Presentation


Production and Trade Subsidies Affecting the Cotton Industry

Ms Lorena Ruiz, Economist, ICAC
Biography
Presentation


Discussion


Concluding Remarks  –  Mr Lalit K. Gupta


10:30-11:00

Refreshment Break, close to the Exhibitor booths area

 

11:00-12:30

Third Open Session – PSAC: Private Sector Guidelines for Policy Making on Traceability
Chair: Mr. Peter Wakefield, CEO, Wakefield Inspection services, Taiwan.


MINUTES

Pressentation by the Chair


Recommendations from the Producers and Ginners

Mr Francisco Ferreira Dos Santos, Chairman, Mozambican Cotton Association, CEO, JFS Group, Mozambique
Biography
Recommendations: Document 1    Document 2


Recommendations from the Spinners, Weavers and other Textiles manufacturers

  Mr Jerzy Kotwas, President, Gdynia Cotton Association
Recommendations


Recommendations from the Merchants and other cotton related activities

Mr Cliff White, Director, Australian Cotton Shippers Association, Australia
Biography
Recommendations


Recommendations from the Brands and Retailers

Ms Chandrima Chatterjee, Secretary General, Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI), India
Biography
Recommendations


Private Sector Advisory Council’s Final Statement on ‘Private Sector Recommendations for Policy Making on Traceability


Dicussion


Concluding Remarks  –  Mr. Peter Wakefield


11:00-12:30

First Breakout Session: Gearing towards sustainable farming
Chair: Mr Lalit Mahajan, Senior Vice-President, Cotton & Yarn Procurement, Welspun Group 
Co-chair: Mr Mahesh Sharda, Past President, Indian Cotton Association Ltd.


Approaches to enhance circularity in the cotton chain

Mr. Navdeep, S.Sodhi, Gherzi Textil Organisation
Biography
Presentation


Sustainable Production Practices in small farms for high yields

Mr Banda Sunduzwayo, CEO, Cotton Board of Zambia, Zambia
Biography
Presentation


Cotton Nutrition, a neglected area in developing countries: new innovations

Dr Sali Bourou, CEO, Republic of Cameroon, MINRESI/IRAD, Master of Research, Cameroon
Biography
Presentation


Overcoming challenges for sustainable development of Organic Cotton

Dr Marco Mtunga, Director General - Tanzania Cotton Board, Tanzania.
Biography
Presentation


Discussion


Concluding Remarks  – Mr Lalit Mahajan


12:30-13:30

Lunch at the LOTUS-3 HALL

 

13:30-15:30

Fourth Open Session: Global efforts in branding sustainability and Quality assurance
Chair: Mrs Prajakta Verma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India
Co-chair: Mr Sunil Patwari, Chairman, the Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council


MINUTES

Harmonization in cotton branding and supportive commercialization

Mr Peter Wakefield, CEO, Wakefield Inspection services, Taiwan
Biography
Presentation


Farm to Fashion: global sustainability and traceability initiatives

Ms Alison Ward. CEO, Cotton Connect, London, UK
Biography
Presentation


Sustainable Cotton and Small-Holder Farms: The Branding Challenge

Ms Alexandra Perschau, Head of Standard and Outreach, Cotton Made in Africa, AbTF
Biography
Presentation


Building assurance across the value chain by self-certification 

Shri. Kulin Lalbhai, Executive Director, Arvind Ltd. Mumbai, India
Biography
Presentation


Integrating Sustainability in the production, distribution and procurement process

Mr. Khaled Schuman, Cotton Egypt
Biography
Presentation


Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns

  Mr. Shreyaskar Choudhary, MD, Pratibha Syntex
Biography
Presentation


Discussion


Concluding Remarks  – Mrs Prajakta Verma


13:30-15:30

Second Breakout Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Challenges with Price Risk Management in Cotton
Chair: Mr Atul Ganatra, President, Cotton Association of India
Moderator: Ms Lorena Ruiz, Economist, ICAC

Panelist-1 Asian perspectives

Mr G. Chandrasekhar, Economist, Senior journalist, Agricultural policy commentator
Biography


Panelist-2 African perspectives

Mr Banda Sunduzwayo, CEO, Cotton Board of Zambia, Zambia
Biography


Panelist-3 Global perspectives

Ms Antonia Prescott, Deputy Editor at Cotton Outlook
Biography


Panelist-4 Indian perspectives

Mr Sanjay Jain, Past Chairman, Confederation of Indian Textile Industry
Biography


Panelist-5 Arbitration in the International Cotton Trade

  Past Chairman, Confederation of Indian Textile Industry, Additional Vice-President, Cotton Association of India 
Biography


Panelist-6 South American perspectives

Mr. Haroldo Rodrigues Da Cunha, Former President of Abrapa and current President of AGOPA, Brazil
Biography


Discussion


Concluding Remarks  – Mr Atul Ganatra


15:30-16:00

Refreshment Break, close to the Exhibitor booths area

 

16:00-18:00

Second Plenary Session: Presentations by Government Members
Chair: Mrs Prajakta Verma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India


MINUTES

      • Statements from Member Governments
      • G20 Summit: Sustainability Development Goals for Cotton (17:50-18:00)
Mr Jigar Raval, First Secretary (ITOU) Indian Embassy, Washington DC
Biography
Presentation


Concluding Remarks  – Mrs Prajakta Verma


16:00-18:00

Third Breakout Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Combating Pest Management Challenges 
Chair: Dr Y.G. Prasad, Director, ICAR-Central Institute for Cotton Research 
Co-chair: Dr A.L. Waghmare, Director, Directorate of Cotton Development

Panelist-1 Pest Management challenges in developed countries and proposed solutions

Dr Megha ParaJulee, Professor, Faculty Fellow, Texas A&M University, USA
Biography
Presentation


Panelist-2 Pest Management challenges in Africa and proposed solutions

Ms Driana Lwanda, CEO, African Institute of Corporate Citizenship, Malawi.
Biography
Presentation


Panelist-3 Pest Management challenges in India and proposed solutions

Dr Sandhya Kranthi, Cotton Consultant, Lorton, Virginia. Former Head of crop Protection, ICAR-CICR. 
Biography
Presentation


Panelist-4 Management of Pink Bollworm, Leaf Armyworm and Whitefly in Cotton

Dr P.K. Singh, Chief Scientist, CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, India
Biography
Presentation


Discussion


Concluding Remarks – Dr Y.G. Prasad


18:00

Adjourn


19:30-22:00

Cultural Programme and Dinner by the Host Country

 

MONDAY 4 DECEMBER 2023

Order of the Day


9:00-10:30

Fifth Open Session – Technical Seminar: Climate-smart Innovations as Game Changers for Cotton Production
Chair: Dr Keshav Kranthi, Chief Scientist, ICAC


MINUTES

Climate-Smart Agronomy for improved Soil health and Biodiversity

  Ms. Inka Sachse & Ms. Alexandra Perschau, Standard and Outreach, Cotton Made in Africa, AbTF
Biography
Presentation


Climatic-Smart Cotton Production Technologies for Improved Yields 

Dr YG Prasad, Director, ICAR-CICR, Nagpur, India
Biography
Presentation


Climate-Smart Plant Breeding of Cotton

Dr Marc Giband, Cotton Correspondent, CIRAD, France
Biography
Presentation


Discussion


Concluding Remarks – Dr Keshav Kranthi


10:30-11:00

Refreshment Break, close to the Exhibitor booths area


11:00-13:00

Fifth Open Session – Technical Seminar: Climate-smart Innovations as Game Changers for Cotton Production (Continued)
Chair: Dr Keshav Kranthi, Chief Scientist, ICAC


MINUTES

Impact of climate change on global cotton

Dr Michael Bange, Commercial Research Manager, CSD, Australia
Biography
Presentation


Implementing Climate resilient innovations in cotton farms

Mr Mahesh Ramakrishnan, Vice-President, Cotton BU Sustainability, Olam Agri, Côte d'Ivoire
Biography
Presentation


Rewarding carbon credits for climate resilience of small scale farms

Mr. Ganesh Babu Krishnappa, MD, Boomitra, Bangalore, India
Biography
Presentation


Regenerative Agriculture, ZBNF, and Organic cotton: Do they combat climate change? 

Mr Rajeev Baruah, Global Agronomic Manager, Primark, Delhi, India
Biography
Presentation


Recommendation to the Steering Committee of the topic for the 2025 Technical Seminar Session – Working Paper 2 (English, Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish)

Dr Keshav Kranthi, Chief Scientist, ICAC
Biography
Presentation


Discussion


Concluding Remarks  – Dr Keshav Kranthi 


13:00-14:00

Lunch at the LOTUS-3 HALL


14:00-16:00

Sixth Open Session: World Café "Technological Innovations for Global Collaborations"
Coordinator: Mr Mike McCue, Director Communications, ICAC


MINUTES

Introduction to the World Cafe

Mr Mike McCue, Director Communications, ICAC
Biography


Background: Technological Innovations for Global Collaborations

Ms Roop Rashi, Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, India
Biography


Round Table Discussions


Wrap up – Chair: Ms. Roop Rashi, Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, India


16:00-16:30

Refreshment Break, close to the Exhibitor booths area


16:30-18:30

Seventh Open Session: Industry 4.0 for textiles: smart manufacturing in textiles
Chair: Mr. Rajeev Saxena, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India
Moderator: Parkhi Vats, Commodity Trade Analyst, ICAC


MINUTES


Emerging trends, challenges and opportunities in cotton textile value chain 

Mr Robert P. Antoshak, Partner, Gherzi Textile Organization, USA
Biography
Presentation


Cotton in the era of technical textiles and its growth potential

Dr Siddhartha Rajagopal, Executive Director, Textile Promotion Council, India
Biography
Presentation


Recycling cotton: Challenges and impact on cotton value chain

Ms Dipanwita Ray, Innovation Analyst, Fashion for Good
Biography
Presentation


Sustainable Textiles for a Resilient Value Chain

Mr Rahul Bhajekar, MD, Global Organic Textile Standard gGmbH, India
Biography
Presentation


Industry 4.0 for textiles: Smart manufacturing in textiles

Mr. S. Rajasekaran, Head, R&D, LMW
Biography
Presentation


Industry 4.0 for textiles: Smart manufacturing in textiles

Mr. Prasanta Deka, Country MD, Rieter India Pvt. Ltd.
Biography
Presentation


Discussion


Concluding Remarks – Mr Rajeev Saxena


16:30-18:30

Fourth Breakout Session: Perspectives in value addition
Chair: Mr Narendra Goenka, Chairman, Apparel Export Promotion Council
Co-chair: Mr Raman Dutta, Founder and National General Secretary, Brand and Sourcing Leaders Association, India

Holistic utilization of cotton plant - Opportunities for Small holder farmers

  Dr SK Shukla, Professor of Spinning Research, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai, India
Biography
Presentation


Creating the right ecosystem for better quality and higher productivity in Extra Long Staple Cotton 

Dr Mohamed Negm, Professor of Spinning Research, Cotton Research Institute, ARC, Giza, Egypt. 
Biography
Presentation


Advances in DNA technologies for traceability

Dr Manoj Kumar Puniya, Scientist, ICAR-CIRCOT, India
Biography
Presentation


Managing certification and assurance costs for textile value chain

Mr. Anil Jauhri, Former CEO of the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB)
Biography
Presentation


Ensuring inclusive growth of value chain partners

Mr. Rahul Mehta, Chief Mentor, The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India
Biography
Presentation


Discussion


Concluding Remarks – Mr Narendra Goenka


18:30

Adjourn

 

19:30-22:00

 Cultural Programme and Dinner; Host State: Government of Maharashtra

 

TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER 2023


8:30-10:00

Eigth Open Session: Genetics, Diversity to enhance cotton productivity
Chair: Mr Suresh Kotak, Past President, Cotton Association of India
Co-chair: Dr M.V. Venugopalan, former principal scientist, Central Institute for Cotton Research


MINUTES


Innovation in seeds for sustainable and economic cotton production

Mr PJ Suresh, Lead Regulatory Advocacy & Scientific Affairs. Bayer Crop Science India Limited. New Delhi, India
Biography
Presentation


Seeds, genetic diversity, germplasm information, and exchange: Issues for solving

Dr Annette Bennett, Technical Manager, Cotton South Africa
Biography
Presentation


Challenges of fibre quality 

Mr Axel Drieling, Senior Manager Cotton / Member of the Board. Faserinstitut Bremen, Germany
Biography
Presentation


Biotechnological Interventions for improving cotton productivity

Dr Samir Sawant, Chief Scientist, Molecular Biology. CSIR-NBRI, Lucknow
Biography
Presentation


Discussion


Concluding Remarks – Mr Suresh Kotak


8:30-10:00

Fifth Breakout Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Sustainability in small farms: Can Farmer Producer Organizations lead the way?
Moderator: Mr Manish Daga, President, All India Cotton Farmer Producer Organization Association 

Panelist-2 Role of women empowerment in cotton economy

Dr. P. Alli Rani, Director, Sardar Vallabhai Patel International School of Textiles and Management
Biography
Presentation


Panelist-3 Farmer cooperative business in Southern and Eastern Africa. Can small cotton holdings become sustainable through cooperative efforts?

Mr Mamadou Berte, Deputy Director General, Le Conseil du Coton et de l’Anacarde, Côte d'Ivoire
Biography
Presentation


Panelist-4 Farmer cooperative business in Asia. Enhanced sustainable returns for producers: can collective efforts of the cotton value chain be the gamechangers?

Mr Hardeep Desai, Head of Farm Operation, Cotton Connect, India
Biography
Presentation


Panelist-5 Cooperative farming efforts to promote ELS Cotton

Mr Shivaprasad Shetty, Technical Advisor, GIZ, Delhi
Biography
Presentation


Panel discussion with progressive farmers Mr. Balaji Dhobe and progressive farmers Mrs Savita Dhavas


Discussion


Concluding Remarks – Mr Manish Daga


10.00-10.30

Results from the World Café


MINUTES – World Café

Mr Mike McCue, Director of Communications, ICAC
Biography
Presentation


Concluding Remarks – Mrs. Roop Rashi, Textile Commissioner


10:30-11:00

Refreshment Break, close to the Exhibitor booths area


11:00-13:00

Ninth Open Session: Advances in textile technologies
Chair: Mr Rohit Kansal, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India
Co-chair: Mr KM Subramanian, President, Tiruppur Exporters' Association, Tiruppur


MINUTES

Enabling ecosystem for cotton-prenuer from farm to finished good

Ms. Belinda Edmonds, Managing Director, African Cotton Foundation. Send, England, United Kingdom
Biography
Presentation


Current advances in cotton processing and its impact on quality 

Dr Marinus (René) van der Sluijs, Principal Consultant, Textile Technical Services. Victoria, Australia
Biography
Presentation


Bridging technology, sustainability and creativity in textiles

Dr. K.V. Srinivasan, Managing Director, Premier Mills, Tamilnadu, India
Biography
Presentation


Exploring new markets and technology for cotton value chain 

Dr Olivier Zieschank, Director, ITMF, Switzerland
Biography
Presentation


Panel Discussion on "Prospects for investment destinations” with Mr. Virendra Singh, Mr. Mihir Parekh and Ms Shubhra

Mr. Virendra Singh
Biography

Mr. Mihir Parekh
Biography
Presentation

Ms Shubhra
Biography


Discussion


Concluding Remarks – Mr Rohit Kansal


11:00-13:00

Sixth Breakout Session: International Organizations, initiatives and projects concerning cotton
Chair: Dr P.K. Agarwal, Advisor, Sustainability, The Cotton Corporation of India Ltd
Co-Chair: Dr K. Selvaraju, Secretary General, The Southern India Mills’ Association 


WTO

Ms Marieme Fall, Head of cotton section, WTO
Biography
Presentation


FAO

Mr Ronald Quispe, Regional Coordinator of the Cotton project, FAO
Biography
Presentation


ITC

Mr Dafulin Kaonga, Zambia National Consultant, Cotton Farm Value Chain, Zambia.
Biography
Presentation


GIZ

Dr Rossitza Krueger, Programme Head, Sustainable Cotton Project, GIZ
Biography
Presentation


CIRAD

Dr Marc Giband, Cotton Correspondent, CIRAD, France.
Biography
Presentation


Discussion


Concluding Remarks – Dr P.K. Agarwal


13:00-14:00

Lunch at the LOTUS-3 HALL


14:00-15:30

Meeting of the Steering Committee (Member Governments Only)
Chairman: H.E.M. Aly Touré

 

  1. Approval of the Standing Committee Officers as per the Recommendations of the Standing Committee – Working Paper 1 (English, Arabic, French, Russian Spanish)
  2. Proposed Topics for the Technical Seminar in 2024 – Working Paper 2 (English, Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish)
  3. Uncollected Assessments of  the ICAC Members – Working Paper 3 (for Members' eyes only)

 

14:00-15:30

Seventh Breakout Session: Investments and Advances in the Cotton Value Chain
Chair: Mr K.K. Lalpuria, Executive Director & CEO, Indo Count Industries
Co-chair: Mr Anil Rajvanshi, President – Reliance Industries Limited

Exploring new technologies and markets for the cotton value chain

Mr Navdeep Sodhi, Partner, Gherzi Textil Organisation, Zurich
Biography
Presentation


Advances in Cotton value creation, value addition, and value utilization 

Dr Fakre Alam Tabib, Executive Director, Cotton Development Board, Bangladesh
Biography
Presentation

The Utilization of Cotton Byproducts as Oil, Animal Feed, Bioenergy, Biochar, and Linters

Mr Prashant Mohota, Managing Director, Gimatex Ltd.
Biography
Presentation


Discussion


Concluding Remarks – Mr K.K. Lalpuria


15:30-16:00


Refreshment Break, close to the Exhibitor booths area


16:00-17:30

Closing Plenary Session
Chair: HEM Aly Touré


MINUTES

      • Invitation from the Host of the 82nd Plenary Meeting (if any)
      • Closing Comments by the Chairman of the Standing Commmitee on behalf of all Delegates, by H.E.M. Aly Touré
      • Closing comments by the Chair of the Organising Committee of India

 

17:30


Adjourn


19:30-22:00


Dinner by the Host Country


WEDNESDAY 6 TO THURSDAY 8 DECEMBER 2023

Technical Tour: THE COTTON CORPORATION OF INDIA LTD., a Government of India undertaking.
KAPAS BHAVAN, PLOT NO.3-A, SECTOR-10, CBD-BELAPUR-400614
PRICE: 550 US$ per person. 

An ambitious Technical Tour has been set up for the participants of the Plenary Meeting. The cost is borne by each participant and isn't included in the Plenary Meeting registration fees. Please contact Mr. Sanjay Panigrahi regarding payment and reservation. The trip will accommodate forty (40) participants maximum and is sold on first come first serve. 
LINK to the agenda of the Technical tour

Wednesday 6 December 2023

06:30 Hotel to Airport
08:40 Departure from Mumbai
09:45 Arrival at Ahmedabad
10:00 to 10.45 Airport to Hotel
   Stay at Hotel Hyatt Regency, Ashram road, Ahmedabad 
12:30 to 13:30 hrs. Lunch at the Hotel
14:00 to 18:00 Visit to APMC Visnagar (approx. 82 kms) – travel time 2 hours – on the way to kapas field visit.
  APMC Visit : Arrival of kapas & other commodities: Farmer point of view; functioning of market yard; Meet with farmers.
  APMC Visnagar to Shivam Cotton Industries – 5 kms. ; 10 minutes – to see kapas processing unit, oil mill, cotton seed by-product processing unit.
20:00 Return to the Hotel
  Dinner at the Hotel

Thursday 7 December 2023

07:00 to 08:30 Breakfast at the hotel
08:30 Departure from the hotel to Arvind Indigo Museum
09:00 Arrival at the Arvind Indigo Museum
10:00 Departure from the Arvind Indigo Museum
10:30 Arrival at Sabarmati Ashram
11:30 Departure from Sabarmati Ashram to Arvind Limited, Santej, Ahmedabad (27kms. Travel time: 30 minutes)
12:30 Arrival at Arvind Limited – Santej Plant, Spinning, weaving preparatory, yarn dyeing, weaving & quality control Department. Fabric processing, printing of fabric and its finishing, garmenting.
14:00 to 15:00 Lunch at Arvind Limited
16:00 Arrival at ATIRA
16:00 to 18:00  Visit of ATIRA
18:00 Departure from ATIRA to NIFT Campus, Gandhinagar
18:30 Arrival at NIFT Campus, Gandhinagar
18:30 to 21:30 Visit of the NIFT campus, cultural programme/Fashion show and Dinner
21:30 Return to the Hotel

Friday 8 December 2023

07:00 to 08.30  Breakfast at the hotel
  Hotel to Ahmedabad Airport
09:00 Departure from Ahmedabad
11:00 Arrival at Mumbai