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:
* An opening up of developing countries to greater overall knowledge of the international silk market. …