Zim to host cotton congress


About 150 delegates are expected to attend the 10th annual congress of the African Cotton Association (ACA) to be held at the Elephant Hills in Victoria Falls from March 15 to 17.

The annual congress would enable professionals from the cotton supply chain, producers, processors and merchants to meet and share experiences.
This is a great opportunity for organisations and business executives in Africa and from other parts of the world to meet and establish networks, ACA said in a statement.

Delegates were expected from all member countries in Africa as well as supporting partners from Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and United States.

This is a landmark event which comes to Zimbabwe after being held at previous venues in Bamako, Ouagadougou, Dakar, Cairo, Accra, Arusha, Lusaka, Yaound and Khartoum, ACA said.

ACA was formed in Cotonou, Benin, in September 2002 to protect the interests of African cotton producers and the cotton value chain.

ACA plays an advocacy role in the defence of African Cotton interests against a global economic environment thrown out of balance by subsidies and barriers in certain cotton growing countries.

It focuses its attention on the implementation of alliance strategies with other cotton growing countries affected by unfair trade practices, and facilitates a forum for members to dialogue and exchange ideas in cotton growing techniques, ginning, logistics and trade issues. ACA said it was committed to improving African cotton competitiveness through advocacy against unfair trading practices by some cotton growing countries which offer great subsidies for production and export.