COTONOU, Benin, (Xinhua) --
Experts from five African countries opened a
two-day meeting here Tuesday to discuss unfair cotton subsidies
in developed countries and the need to take action at the World
The roughly 30
experts hail from Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and Chad - four
major cotton producers - in addition to experts from Togo.
Since 2003, the main
four countries, called the C-4 group, have opposed subsidies
granted to cotton producers in some developed countries which
they say cause distortions on cotton market.
The gathering comes
on the heels of a meeting scheduled by ministers from the C-4
group scheduled to be held next Thursday in the economic capital
of Cotonou in Benin.
“examine strategies for cotton production and export capacity
building in the four countries as well as in the least developed
countries,” according to Nicolas Dandoga, cabinet director of
Benin ministry of Industry.
He added the experts
will also examine the project “Cotton Road” that aims to promote
the emergence of a regional value chain based on the production
and marketing of cotton and its by-products such as textile and
“We think that we,
African producers and exporters of cotton, should carry on our
internal reforms so as to make African cotton more competitive,”
said Nicolas Dandoga.