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From 11 to 15 April 2005, in Tashkent , Uzbekistan , an “International Workshop on Revival and Promotion of Sericultural Industries and Small Enterprise Development in the Black, Caspian Seas and Central Asia Region” was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in collaboration with the Government of Republic of Uzbekistan, Association “Uzbek Ipagi”, Uzbek Sericulture Research Institute. The meeting aimed at connecting people together between agricultural/industrial producers and traders, businessmen, administrators, scientists, experts, developers working in each step or link of production and trade chains for silk and silk commodities, from land to mulberry leaf to cocoons to raw silk to silk yarns/fabrics and to final silk products.
The main purpose of the workshop was to provide an opportunity to sit together around a round table to discuss common challenges and opportunities, problems and prospects, while creating environments among participating countries as cooperating partners for mutual benefits but no longer as competing rivals in the region; reviewing retrospectively causes and effects - “what went wrong during the last 15 years?” “how to fix it right next?”; working together in sensitizing and attracting attention from respective Governments, International Organizations and NGOs and seeking for policy and financial supports; sharing experiences and scientific knowledge, practical technologies and markets in the Region; complementing demand and supply for various sericultural resources within the Region; and also reaching out to other regions of the world in search of opportunities for technology transfer to and from, resources and information exchange, trade/enterprise development and catching up with recent trends of consumer tastes, and lots more.
This workshop identified major constraints which might had caused today's critical situation and recommended immediate follow-up activities which would be required for trouble shooting and also to produce executable long-term development strategies, while laying the ground work for restoration and further progress of sericultural industries in the Region.
12 countries, i.e. Azerbaijan , Bulgaria , Egypt , Georgia , Greece , Japan , Kazakhstan , Republic of Korea , Tajikistan , Turkey , Ukraine and Uzbekistan took part in the forum. The workshop participants concluded that:
At the workshop a common institution was created to facilitate and expedite regional collaboration, in an effort to realize the recommendations to be made through this workshop. The institution was named as The Black, Caspian Seas and Central Asia Silk Association (BACSA) . Main structure, basic functions and workplan were also prepared. Some more countries would join the already created BACSA which should be open to all individuals/institutes/countries which are willing to share common goals in industrial and economic growth through sericulture.