5th Cotton Day celebrated in city

Staff Correspondent

29 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

5th Cotton Day celebrated in city

Bangladesh representatives of Cotton Council International (from left) Jamil Ansari, Shabbir Ahmed Chowdhury, Mohammad Ali Khokon and Ali Arsalan pose for a photo at a function in the capital on Monday.

COTTON USA organised a virtual seminar in the city with the view to celebrating the 5th Cotton Day-Bangladesh. 

Cotton Council International (CCI) introduced the Cotton Day in 2016 in Bangladesh to celebrate US Cotton as well as Bangladesh being the largest manufacturer and exporter of cotton apparel products.

Former Chief Executive Officer of Wal-Mart Michael Duke, Director of Eurasia Group Willis Sparks, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Cotton Council of America Dr Gary Adams, Chairman of CCI Hank Reichle, President of CCI Ricky Clarke, and Executive Director of CCI Bruce Atherley gave presentations.

While presenting on the seminar, Bruce Atherley said, “We really appreciate all the support you have given to COTTON USA particularly in this terrible time that we are going through right now.”

“We are optimistic that we will get through it and sooner hopefully we can get on our business, get back to doing things more in person,” he added.

President of Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) Mohammed Ali Khokon said, “The USA is a big market for our readymade garments. Those of us who use cotton from the USA, and make clothes of it, in this case, if the duty is relaxed, then we think our garment industry business will grow more in the USA market.”

“Moreover, we have noticed that the use of USA cotton in Bangladesh has been gradually increasing in the last five years,” said the president of BTMA.

Managing Director of Asana Ventures and Bangladesh Consultant of CCI Shabbir Ahmed Chowdhury said, “Bangladesh used to export cent percent cotton garments, although it is now exporting about 85 percent of the same cotton garment- which is still unique because no other garment exporting country of the world exports that percentage of cotton products. So, it is appropriate that such an event is held in our country.”

Over one thousand participants including spinning and textile mill owners, executives, garment manufacturers, officials from international brands and retailers, cotton merchants and traders including agents, were present on the occasion.