SESRIC - Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries

Cooperation among OIC Cotton-Producing Member Countries

SESRIC has participated actively in preparing the “Action Plan for the OIC Cotton Producing Countries and the Cooperation Development Strategy (2007-2011)”, which has been adopted by the 3rd Expert Group Meeting on “Enhancing Production Efficiency and International Competitiveness”. SESRIC also participated actively in the “Forum on Enhancement and Promotion of Trade and Investment in the Cotton Sector among OIC Member Countries”, which was organised by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Turkey in collaboration with the OIC General Secretariat and held in Istanbul on 12-13 November 2007. The Centre participated in the preparation for the said forum through providing some technical contributions to the Forum website, preparing the list of participants and designing the questionnaire on the needs and capacities of the OIC cotton producing countries. The Centre also presented a working paper at the said Forum titled “The Cotton Sector in the OIC Countries: Problems and Possibilities of Cooperation”, which highlights the importance of cotton in the OIC countries in terms of production and trade. It investigates the challenges facing the OIC cotton producing countries and provides a brief analysis of the world cotton markets. The paper also elaborates on some possible ways of cooperation among the OIC member countries in this important sector and concludes with the recommendation of establishing an OIC Cotton Alliance among OIC cotton producers, traders and industrialists to coordinate such cooperation.

SESRIC is an active member in both the Steering Committee and Project Committee of the OIC Forum on Enhancement and Promotion of Trade and Investment in Cotton Sector among OIC Member Countries.

Cooperation in the cotton sector is an important initiative within the OIC which was vitalized after the WTO Talks collapsed at Cancun Conference in 2004 because of the disagreement on the subsidies to the cotton sector. Cotton is crucial product for some OIC Countries especially the countries in West and Central Africa.

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Training Course on ‘Quality Improvement: Seed Quality and Preparation’ in Pakistan
Date : 28-30 August 2013 Venue : Multan Pakistan

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised a training course on “Quality Improvement: Seed Quality and Preparation” at the Central Cotton Research Institute, Multan, Pakistan, under OIC Cotton Training Programme (OIC-CTP) on 28-30 August 2013. The Course was provided by Dr. Feride Oncan Sümer, Researcher at Cotton Research Station, Department of Fiber and Seed Technology, Nazilli, Turkey with the participation of researchers and trainers of the Central Cotton Research Institute of Pakistan. Within the context of the training programme, Pakistani researchers also received in-the-field practical training.

Training Course on ‘Plant Protection: Diseases’ in Pakistan
Date : 09-11 July 2013 Venue : Faisalabad Pakistan

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised a training course on “Plant Protection: Diseases” at the Cotton Research Institute, Ayub Agricultural Research Institute, Faisalabad, Pakistan, on 9-11 July 2013. The Course was provided by Dr Kamel Abd-Elsalam, a Molecular Plant Pathologist from the Plant Pathology Research Institute, Agricultural Research Centre, Egypt and were attended by 30 agricultural protectionists and scientists dealing with cotton production at the Ayub Agricultural Research Institute. Within the context of the programme, Pakistani scientists also received in-the-field practical training.

Training Course on ‘Agronomy: Soil Tillage’ in Uganda
Date : 15-17 January 2013 Venue : Kampala Uganda

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised training on “Agronomy: Soil Tillage” at the Cotton Development Organisation (CDO) in Kampala, Uganda, on 15-17 January 2013. The course was provided by Prof Sheikh El Din Abdel Gadir El-Awad, an expert from Agricultural Research Corporation (ARC) in Sudan, and was attended by 18 scientists dealing with cotton production of the CDO of Uganda.

Training Course on ‘Agronomy: Crop Rotation and Management’ in Mozambique
Date : 14-18 January 2013 Venue : Maputo Mozambique

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised training on “Agronomy: Crop Rotation and Management” within the framework of OIC Cotton Training Programme (OIC-CTP) at the Mozambique Institute for Cotton in Maputo, Mozambique, on 14-18 January 2013. The course was provided by Dr Said Abd El-Tawab Farag Hamoda, an expert from Agricultural Research Centre in Egypt, and was attended by agronomists, researchers and technicians from public and private sector.