The 68th General Assembly of the GCA

On the 22nd of May 2009, w Sopot, hotel SEDAN the 68th Electing-Reporting General Assembly of Members was held.

During the meeting the new GCA Board members were elected. One of the important decision of the General Assembly was also the lowering of the membership fee. Due to the recession, many companies is seeking for cost cutting possibilities. The members of the GCA intention is to support the firms and enable them to continue the cooperation with the GCA.

Mr Marek Diminiak (Texim M.Dominiak , Lodz) was elected the President of the Board.

The following members of the Board were also elected:

Ignacy Józkowicz (ZTK TEOFILOW S.A., Lodz) – Vice President,

Alois Schőnberger (Polcotton, Warszawa) – Vice President,

GCA director Zbigniew Roskwitalski – Executive Vice President,

Iwona Frydrych (Technical University of Lodz),

Artur Gacek (Polontex, Czestochowa),

Jacek Jakubiak (Cotton House, Lodz),

Kotak Suresh (Kotak & Co Ltd, India),

Jerzy Kotwas (WWB Investments Sp. z o.o., Ksawerow)

Grzegorz Adam Lukawski (ANDROPOL SA, Andrychow)

Amit Lath (Sharda Europe, Warszawa),

and the Deputy members of the Board:

Anna Garnys (MARTIS, Aleksandrow Lodzki),

Jűrgen Gudegast (Brecot, Bremen),

Malgorzata Matusiak (Textile Research Institute, Lodz)

Sin M. Yu (Uzinterimpex, Uzbekistan)

During the meeting the problem of global financial markets crisis influence on our branch condition was discussed, among others, and the direction of aid instruments proposed by the European Commission. In the times of crisis, the Commission proposes limited, temporal, specified broadening of the scope of permitted state aid. Concerns in our sector are however evoked by the slow progress of the process of implementing by Polish authorities the regulations which are to help the entrepreneurs – as the companies’ situation requires quick and sharp reaction.

The 68th GCA members General Assembly Directive Resolution incorporates the appeal to the Polish Government for “for permanent active support on the European Commission Forum of the standpoint of the textile industry demanding the unconditioned continuation of observing the rule of double processing of textile-clothing products in the frame of the GSP as well as monitoring of the course of negotiations in the scope of bi-lateral free trade agreements (now the trials of softening the rules of origin are being undertaken by the EU negotiators in the talks with South Korea).”

In his report on the GCA activities, Dir. Z. Roskwitalski presented also the state of preparations to the 10th International Cotton Conference which will be held on 3 – 4 September 2009. More information on the Conference is available on our web-page, under the banner of the 10th International Cotton Conference.

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