"Cotton in the Era of Globalization and Technological Progress"

(As of September 7, 2017)


Sunday, 22 October 2017

10:00/00:00     Registration (International Hotel Tashkent)
10:00     Meeting of the Task Force on the Commercial Standardization of Instrument Testing of Cotton (CSITC) (Samarkand room)
12:00     Meeting of the Expert Panel on Social, Environmental and Economic Performance of Cotton Production (SEEP) (Samarkand room)
14:00     Meeting of the Private Sector Advisory Panel (PSAP) (Samarkand room)
15:00     Meeting of the Executive Committee of the International Cotton Researchers Association (ICRA) (Samarkand room)
15:30     Tashkent City Tour
19:30     Dinner

Monday, 23 October 2017

08:00/00:00      Registration
(International Hotel Tashkent)
10:00     Inaugural Session
(Conducted in the Expo Center, adjacent to the International Hotel Tashkent)
  • Welcome speech on behalf of the Government of Uzbekistan
  • Welcoming remarks on behalf of all the delegates by Pakistan, host of the 75th Plenary Meeting
  • Report of the Chair of SEEP, Mr. Allan Williams
  • Report of the Chair of PSAP
  • Report of the Chair ad interim of the Standing Committee, Ms. Claudia Fontana Tobiassen
  • Recognition of the ICAC Researcher of the Year, Dr. David Stelly
  • Report of the Executive Director of ICAC, Mr. Kai Hughes
  • Approval of the agenda of the 76th Plenary Meeting
12:00     Visit to the stands of International Uzbek Cotton and Textile Fair (optional)
Lunch (International Hotel Tashkent)
13:00     First Open Session: World Cotton Market Report
(Amir Temur Main Hall)

This session will explore developments in the world cotton market, as well as including an overview of the cotton sector in the host country, Uzbekistan. The Secretariat will make presentations on world cotton supply, mill use, trade, stocks and prices, as well as on the annual ICAC report on Government Support to the Cotton Sector.

  • Andrei Guitchounts, ICAC
  • Akmal Kamalov, Chairman of the Board, Holding Company "Uzpakhtasanoatexport"
  • Ray Butler, Managing Director, Cotton Outlook, UK
14:30     Coffee/tea break
15:00     First Plenary Meeting: Statements from Members
(Amir Temur Main Hall)
16:30     Coffee/tea break
17:00     First Plenary Meeting (cont.)
Statements from Members, Non-members and International Organizations

(Amir Temur Main Hall)
19:30     Reception (dinner and cultural program)

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

09:00/00:00      Second Open Session: Exploiting Genetic Diversity, Genepools and Cotton Genomics: Where Are We and What to Expect?
(Amir Temur Main Hall)

In this session, representatives from the scientific community will discuss the use of modern “omics’ tools, methods for identification of useful genetic variations in cotton germplasm and other aspects of the utilization of the genetic diversity of world cotton germplasm resources.

  • Tianzhen Zhang, distingueshed Professor, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Zhejian University, China
  • David Stelly, ICAC Cotton Researcher of the Year 
  • Ibrokhim Abdurakhmonov, Director, Center of Geneomics and Bioinformatics, Uzbekistan
09:15     First Breakout Session: Technology for the Preparation and Planting of Cotton Seeds in Diverse Soil and Climatic Conditions
(Crystal Ballroom)

The quality of sowing seeds largely determines the outcome of the forthcoming cotton crop and the quality of cotton fiber. Aspects related to the development of automated, high-performance equipment complexes for improving the technology of sowing seeds will be considered during the session. Specialists will examine methods and drugs for dressing and encapsulating cotton seeds, as well as means of field preparation, precision sowing, applied to diverse soil and climatic conditions.

  • Kater Hake, Vice President, Agricultural Research, Cotton Incorporated, USA
  • Shukhrat Shermatov
  • Shadman Namazov
10:30     Coffee/tea break
11:00     Third Open Session: Trends in the Textile Industry and Inter-fiber Competition
(Tamir Amur Main Hall)

This session will explore ways to stimulate the internal processing of cotton fiber in cotton-producing countries, so as to obtain greater added value and improve the efficiency of the cotton sector. Particular attention will be paid to the experience of Uzbekistan, which is increasing the internal processing of cotton and the production of finished high-quality textile products. In addition, this session will examine aspects related to the competition faced by cotton from other, especially man-made, fibers.

  • Lorena Ruiz, Economist, ICAC
  • Bob Antoshak, Managing Director, Olah Inc., USA
  • Ikhom Khaydarov, Chairman of the Board, "Uzbekengilsanoat" JSC
11:15     Second Breakout Session: New Technologies and Other Measures for Increasing Cotton Yields
(Crystal Ballroom)

This session will discuss novel technologies to boost potential yield, using both traditionally accepted agrotechnologies and emerging new biotechnologies. Increases in cotton yields by providing resistance to pests and disease using traditional and modern pest management technologies in the era of global climate change and technological advances will be highlighted.

  • Fakhriddin Kushanov
  • Timothy Dennehy
  • David Stelly, ICAC Researcher of the Year
  • Dr. Ishwarappa S. Katageri
12:30     Lunch
13:45     Fourth Open Session: Textile Innovations: Nanotechnologies for Current and Future Fabrics
(Amir Temur Main Hall)

Scientific and technological progress enables the production of a wide range of original textile materials with innovative properties. Innovations in the textile industry and the original solutions of fashion designers are very much in demand. This session will consider examples of the application of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies in the industry market, as well as forecasts for their development.

  • Iroda Nabieva, Doctor of Technical Science, Professor of the Tashkent Insitute of Textile and Light Industry
  • Ta Dolphin Yu, Director, Department of Processing Technology, Taiwan
  • Prof. Fatma Goktepe, Kemal University
15:30     Coffee/tea break



Visit to the Cotton and Textile Fair (optional)
Fashion show. Participation in the ceremony of contract signing

16:00     Fifth Open Session (World Café): Promotion of Cotton
(Crystal Ballroom)

Participants will brainstorm strategies to promote the use of cotton
(All participants, including official delegates and observers, will break up into groups at round tables around the conference hall. Groups will be organized according to languages. There will be trained facilitators at each table.)
17:15     Fifth Open Session (World Café): Results and Discussion
(Crystal Ballroom)

A facilitator will lead a discussion of common results from the group discussions.
(Participants will remain at round tables; floor microphones will be available for each table)

Moderator: Mark Messura, Executive Vice President, Global Product Supply Chain, Cotton Incorporated, USA

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

09:00/00:00      Sixth Open Session - Technical Seminar: Opportunities and Challenges for Technology Transfer in Cotton
(Amir Temur Main Hall)

Cotton research has progressed at a much faster pace than the methods used to transfer new technologies to growers. The technology packages recommended for adoption are no longer limited exclusively to material issues, such as newer varieties, fertilizer use and so on. Newer methods of mass communication must be developed and tested, so as to reach as many growers as possible. Technology transfer, as such, has suffered from lack of innovation. Growers have to be motivated to actively seek new technologies. The philosophy underlying technology transfer also needs to be changed. Messages must be cost-effective and the focus must shift to the resultant interactions among materials before a new materials-based technology can be developed and commercialized. The new economic and scientific context requires a more innovative and complex model for transferring technology. The development of electronic media, both for access to online information and for personal outreach via mobile phones, is revealing new challenges and opportunities. Instead of describing current methods of technology transfer, the seminar will focus on new options and methods to effectively disseminate production technology to large and small growers.

  • Sebastiao Barbosa, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corportation (EMBRAPA), Brazil
  • Michel Fok, CIRAD
  • Alan McClay, BCI
  • Jolly Sabune, Managing Director, Cotton Development Organization, Uganda
  • Dhiren Seth, Director, C.A. Galiakotwala & Co. Ltd. India
10:30     Coffee/tea break
11:00     Sixth Open Session - Technical Seminar: Opportunities and Challenges in Technology Transfer in Cotton (cont.)
(Amir Temur Main Hall)
12:30     Lunch
12:30     Business Lunch of the International Forum for Cotton Promotion (IFCP) (by invitation only)
13:45     Seventh Open Session: Impacts on Quality and Volume of Long-Term Storage of Cotton Products
(Amir Temur Main Hall)

Despite reductions in the last two seasons, world stocks of cotton fiber remain at high levels. The volume of fiber stored in warehouses for extended lengths of time is increasing. In this connection, it is interesting to discuss the effects of time and methods of warehousing on changes in the quantity and quality of fiber during long-term storage, including issues related to the moisture content of cotton fiber, recommended parameters of packaging materials, warehouse characteristics, permissible variations in the quality of fiber and bale weight.

  • James Johnson, Lead Cotton Economist, USDA/FAS, USA
  • Peter Wakefield, Managing Director, Wakefield Inspection Services, China
  • Unupom Kausik, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, National Collateral Management Services, Ltd.
15:00/18:00     Tashkent City Tour
Visit to the Theater of Opera and Ballet

Thursday, 26 October 2017

09:00/00:00      Eighth Open Session: Modern Cotton Ginning Technology
(Amir Temur Main Hall)

The high level of competition on the world cotton market and the emergence of modern, technologically advanced and high-speed textile machinery, as well as the need for high quality and competitive textile products lead to tightening of requirements for the quality of cotton fiber. Ginneries must ensure compliance with the norms and rules of the technological process to preserve the natural quality of cotton products, minimize fiber loss and obtain high-quality cotton products. The objective of this session is to discuss and showcase the best ginning practices in order to enhance efficiency, preserve quality and increase cotton fiber output.

  • Derek Whitelock, Acting Research Leader Southwestern Cotton Ginning Lab., USDA/ARS, USA
  • Rinat Gulyaev, General Director, "Pakhtasanoat Ilmiy Markazi" JSC
  • Mahendra Kumar Sharma, Whole Time Director & CEO, Bajaj Steel Ltd., Nagpur, India
  • Engin Dirik, CEO and Partner, Balkan Cotton Ginning Machinery, Ltd.
09:00     Third Breakout Session: Standardization, Quality Assessment, Traceability and Certification
(Crystal Ballroom)

The cotton industry is constantly seeking to develop and standardize new methods for cotton fiber testing, as well as implementing programs for the harmonization of international requirements and test procedures. At the same time, there is increasing interest in certifying the traceability of cotton, in order to ensure supply chain integrity, protect brand quality and ensure accountability. Traceability includes a variety of aspects including technological and administrative solutions. This session will discuss new methods of testing, new devices, traceability procedures and standards.

  • Bakhtiyar Baykanov, First Deputy of the General Director of Uzbek Center "SIFAT"
  • Axel Drieling, Senior Manager, Faserinstitut Bremen e.V., Germany
  • Suzan Sanad, Chief Researcher, Cotton Research Insititute, Egypt
10:30     Coffee/tea break
11:00     Ninth Open Session: Effects of GMO and Non-GMO Cotton Production
(Amir Temur Main Hall)

This session will examine issues related GMO and non-GMO cotton production, including the maintenance of non-GMO cotton production as an option and the use of "GMO-Free" seals/labels.

  • Dr. Unal Evcim, Secretary General, National Cotton Council, Turkey
  • Michael Murray, General Manager, Cotton Australia
11:00     Fourth Breakout Session: Economic Aspects of the Issues of Harvesting and Procurement of Raw Cotton and Settlements with Producers
(Crystal Ballroom)

In a number of cotton countries, including Uzbekistan, raw cotton is bought from farmers by cotton ginneries. In this aspect, it is interesting to discuss the experience of other countries in the organization of raw cotton procurement systems, evaluation of its quality characteristics and performing mutual settlements for seed cotton between farmers and ginneries. During the session it is planned to discuss the economic aspects of interaction between producers and processors of seed cotton in order to stimulate all participants to produce more high quality cotton fiber.

  • Boubacar Ba, Commercial Director, Compagnie Malienne pour le Dévéloppement des Textiles - CMDT, Mali (Presentation)
  • Sain Bactibaev, Kazakhstan
  • Fatih Dogan, Chairman, Ari Pamuk Ticaret Ltd, Turkey
12:30     Lunch
13:45     Meeting of the Drafting Group (Members only)
14:00     Fifth Breakout Session: Cotton Products and Research Trends
(Crystal Ballroom)

The accelerated development of the cotton industry and the achievement of high production results are largely based on the use of scientific and technical potential. This session will examine current trends of research in the field of production and processing of cotton products, including priorities for fundamental and applied research in techniques and technology of cotton production and processing, implementation and commercialization of innovative scientific products, and the possibility of combining the potential and coordination of countries' efforts for development in these areas.

  • Greg Holt, Research Leader, USDA/ARS, USA
  • Lav Bajaj, Business Executive, Bajaj Steel Industries Ltd, India
  • Stephen Kabwe, Research Associate, Food Security Research Project, Zambia
15:30     Coffee/tea break
16:00     Meeting of the Drafting Group (Members only) (cont.)
16:00     Sixth Breakout Session: Recent developments in logistics and insurance systems
(Crystal Ballroom)

The session will discuss issues related to the safe, timely and affordable delivery of shipments to buyers, such as modern methods of transportation of raw cotton and cotton fiber, aspects of warehousing and storage of cotton, phytosanitary requirements and fumigation issues, advanced methods of organizing loading and unloading operations, optimization of document clearance by use of electronic data interchange, projects of new transportation routes and new forms of insurance.

  • Ted Rekerdres, Rekerdres and Sons Insurance Agency, Inc., USA
  • Rustam Azimbawev, Head of Transport and Logistics Department,  and Shukhrat Tolipov, Chief Specialist of Transport and Logistics Department, "Uzpakhtaexport" JSC
19:00     Gala dinner. Reception hosted by the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan (dinner and cultural program)

Friday, 27 October 2017

09:00/00:00      Meeting of the Steering Committee (Members only)
10:30     Coffee/tea break
11:00     Closing Plenary Session
  • Reading of the Final Statement of 76th Plenary Meeting
  • Invitation from the host of the 77th Plenary Meeting
  • Closing Comments by Other Countries
  • Closing Comments by the Chair on behalf of Uzbekistan
12:30     Lunch
15:00     Press conference and briefing for journalists
15:00     Departure for technical tour/travel

Saturday and Sunday (28 and 29 October 2017)

      Technical Tour/Tourism

Sunday, 29 October 2017

      Returning to Tashkent by approximately 19:00 hrs.

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