Thank you to everybody who joined us at this year’s event. We hope you enjoyed it.
Marking the culmination of one of the busiest times in the year for the cotton trade, this international gathering is one of the highlights of the world’s ‘cotton calendar’ and it attracted more than 450 delegates, representing 48 countries.
Hosted by ICA President, David Adcroft and held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and St George’s Hall in Liverpool, UK on 1st and 2nd October 2009, the two-day event provided an ideal opportunity for delegates to focus on the international business of cotton with other leading industry professionals.
The event began with an ICA presentation and open forum session on Thursday afternoon. On Friday morning, it was standing room only, as more than 250 delegates turned out to hear Joe Nicosia, CEO, Allenberg Cotton Co., as he took to the stage to deliver his presentation on Cotton Price Evolution. The conference ended with a presentation from Adrian Moguel y Anza, CEO, Libero Commodities SA about the economics of Brazilian cotton and competing crops.
On Friday evening delegates and guests enjoyed dinner and drinks at the magnificent St George’s Hall, where business ‘survivor’ and entrepreneur, Gerald Ratner, delivered an entertaining and humourous after-dinner speech. Following the speeches, it was back to the Crowne Plaza for a post dinner celebration with drinks and live entertainment from soul group Vibetown.
Speaking after the event, David Adcroft said: “As you can imagine, it has been a great honour for me to host this year’s event. It has been a very difficult year for the cotton trade. We have all been affected by what is happening in the global economy and our industry has changed in an unprecedented way. The ICA has to change and we have already begun to do so, developing new strategies to help move us further forward on to the international stage. Now, more than ever, there has never been a more important time for the industry to seek solidarity and we know that events such as these will help achieve that. Our next major event, in association with Cotton Outlook, takes place in Singapore on March 4 and 5 2010. I hope to see you there.”
We’d like to pass on our sincere thanks to our presenters Joe Nicosia and Adrian Moguel y Anza and to our event sponsors: Coastline Solutions, Cotton Outlook, Generation 10, InCotton, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Royal Inspection International Ltd, Transglobal Inspections, Wakefield Inspection Services