International Cotton Advisory Committee

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International Cotton Advisory Committee 國際棉花諮詢委員會
Comité Consultatif International du Coton
Comité Consultivo Internacional del Algodón
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Abbreviation ICAC/CCIC/CCIA
Formation September 1939
Type International commodity body
Purpose Trade and production
Headquarters United States Washington, DC, United States of America
  • 1629 K Street NW, Suite 702, Washington, DC 20006 USA
Region served
World cotton industry
42 members
Official language
English, French, Spanish, summaries in Arabic and Russian
Chair of the Standing Committee
Chris Parker
Main organ
Standing Committee (4-5 meetings per year), ICAC Secretariat
About US$2 million

The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) is an association of governments of cotton producing, consuming and trading countries which acts as the international commodity body for cotton and cotton textiles.

Structure and history[edit]

Founded at the International Cotton Meeting in Washington, DC in 1939, the ICAC advocates for cotton producing nations, publishes studies and technical information on the cotton industry, and holds an annual Plenary Meeting of member states. Its 2008 Plenary Meeting, the 67th, was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in 2008.[1] While most of the world's cotton producing nations are members, two of the ten largest producers (The Peoples Republic of China and Turkmenistan) are not members of the ICAC. All of the top five cotton exporting nations are members.

The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) along with private sector cotton organizations initiated the International Forum for Cotton Promotion (IFCP) in 2000. The IFCP serves as a forum and clearinghouse for the exchange of proven cotton promotion techniques. The IFCP facilitates domestically focused and domestically funded cotton promotion programs.[2]

Member states[edit]

Member nations and date joining:[3]

See also[edit]