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Ghana-Cote d’Ivoire Establish Joint Cocoa Sector Growth Initiative

The CIGCI is expected to open up to other African cocoa-producing countries, authorities have said.

Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have established a partnership organisation headquartered in Ghana to spearhead the interests of cocoa farmers in both countries.

Launched on Thursday, April 18, the partnership called the Côte d’Ivoire-Ghana Cocoa Initiative (CIGCI) was set up under a Charter – the Abidjan Declaration of 26 March 2018 – in which the Presidents of both countries reaffirmed their willingness to define a common sustainable cocoa strategy, intending to increase the prices received by cocoa farmers in their respective countries in a sustainable way.

Under that charter, a Secretariat, which is the operational body for the organisation is based in Accra, and permanently headed by an Executive Secretary of Ivorian nationality.

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The CIGCI is expected to open up to other African cocoa-producing countries, authorities have said.

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“This cooperation is the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the African cocoa industry. We have, through this cooperation, created the opportunity to revolutionarise the cocoa supply chain for the delivery of greater value to our economies,” said President Akufo-Addo.

Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire produce 65% of the world’s cocoa.

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