A call for widening membership of the Cocoa Producers Alliance has been made at the 19th general meeting of the alliance in Accra, capital of Ghana.
GV EXTERIOR..Conference Hall
SV INTERIOR..Major Roger Felli enters and sits
CU Togolese delegate
CU Nigerian delegates
CU Ivory Coast delegates
SV Ghanaian delegates
LV & SV Major Felli addresses (2 shots)
CU Mr. Oshinibi (left) and Mr. Doyo
CU Major Felli speaking
CU Mr. Hackman, of Ghana
CU Major Felli continues speaking
SV Brazilian delegation
CU Brazilian delegate
SV Cameroun delegates
SV & CU Members listen to Mr. Doyo (3 shots)
Initials ES. 1630 ES. 1650
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Background: A call for widening membership of the Cocoa Producers Alliance has been made at the 19th general meeting of the alliance in Accra, capital of Ghana.
The meeting began on Monday (27 November) and is due to last five days.
Major Roger Felli, Ghana's Commissioner for Trade and Tourism, proposed the increased membership when he opened the meeting.
He suggested that the southern American countries of Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Mexico, with Equatorial Guinea and Papua-New-Guinea, join the alliance which at present groups Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroun and Brazil.
Major Felli said the present six members produced about 80 per cent of the world's cocoa. If the other five producers joined, it was estimated the total would be 98 per cent of world production.
Togo's Mr. Henri Doyo, who is president of the alliance, said last month's international cocoa agreement offered a welcome opportunity for a more equitable share of cocoa industry incomes.
Ghana Cocoa Marketing Board executive chairman Mr. U.K. Hackman said the present strong levels of prices were a result of the work of the alliance.
The five-day meeting is expected to plan a strategy for implementing the international agreement.