From India to Italy, silk is always fashionable.
At ITC's Joint Advisory Group Meeting (April 2000), the
International Silk Association (ISA) took the floor to express its
appreciation for its partnership with ITC:
"Ladies and gentlemen, ISA is a worldwide organization devoted
exclusively to silk. Founded 50 years ago, it serves as a forum for
every country in the silk business, either production, processing
or trade. The Association has members in 40 countries, and includes
the major silk producers.
It was at ISA's 1985 congress that for the first time a
representative of ITC took part in our congress, attending the
various meetings and making contacts with the numerous members.
This proved to be an excellent way of acquiring first-hand
information about the world silk trade.
Since then, the partnership between ISA and the ITC has been
uninterrupted. This collaboration has taken numerous forms. ISA has
cooperated with ITC in the production of ITC's Silk Review, by
adding its own information, statistics and comments to those of
ITC. ISA has also taken part in various training programmes
organized by ITC, destined to assist developing countries in
improving their access to Western markets for silk. The two
organizations have jointly played a leading part in international
gatherings such as "Global Silk Scenario 2001," organized in Mysore
in 1995. Finally, ISA has taken part in ITC meetings devoted to the
ecological aspects of textiles, with specific references to silk,
in Geneva and Bangkok.
The chief results of this cooperation have been:
I like to think that the cooperation between ISA and ITC is an
ideal example of how an inter-professional organization and a
United Nations agency can work together to promote a better
understanding of market development and improve countries' market
access with the appropriate products.
Let me end by expressing the wish that our two organizations may
reinforce and deepen their collaboration in the years to come."
Mr. Ronald Currie, International Silk Association