As part of our ongoing visit programme, we made a return trip to India last month, when ICA President, Ray Butler – accompanied by Antonio Esteve, ICA First Vice President; Mohit Shah, ICA Director and Kai Hughes, ICA Managing Director – visited Mumbai and Coimbatore to meet with leading cotton officials.
In Mumbai they held frank and productive discussions with the Cotton Association of India (CAI) about future cooperation between the two associations and problems relating to the recent government export ban. They also met with the Chairman and Officers of the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) and attended the 5th Atexcon Conference, where Ray delivered a presentation.
In Coimbatore they participated in constructive talks with the South India Cotton Association (SICA) and the South India Mills Association (SIMA) and took part in a joint conference attended by a large delegation of local SICA and SIMA members, who were able to ask questions about ICA Rules and the ICA’s strategic direction in an open forum session.
Speaking after the visit Ray said: “Our trip to India was very productive. We learned much about people’s concerns and about the misconceptions that still prevail regarding the role and function of the ICA. We had an opportunity to point out the many changes that have already occurred within the ICA and those that are planned for the future. We will be returning to India in August to conduct a number of seminars on the ICA trading rules and we look forward to building on the new relationships that have been formed.”