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Africa-India Cotton Traders Wants To Cut Out European Middlemen

From Times of India

The Indian Cotton Federation (ICF) is keen on investing in Africa. A delegation of persons involved in the cotton business in Africa currently on a visit to the city has expressed interest in direct trade links between the two sides. Senior ICF officials said they too wanted to engage with their African counterparts directly.

Though India imports about 2.5 lakh tonne of cotton from Africa annually, the trade is almost entirely done through international merchants based in Europe. “We are interested in investing towards cotton development in Africa,” said K N Viswanathan, vice president, ICF.

Members of the delegation from six African countries, who are on a visit to textile clusters in the country as part of WTO’s cotton technical assistance programme, said lack of communication and misconceptions were hampering direct trade between the two sides.

“There is a lot of distortion by vested interests. You can come down and assist us (in cotton farming),” said Mubiru Richard, chairman, Textile Manufacturers’ Association of Uganda. Almost the entire cotton from Africa is routed through large multi-national firms.

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