The nineteenth conference of the Inter African Coffee Organisation--OAIC--opened in the Ivory Coast on Monday (19 November).
GV APN INTERIOR: Agricultural Ministry building Abidjan.
SV AND CU INTERIOR: Ivory Coast Minister of Agriculture Denis Bra kanon (nearest wearing dark suit) and Angolan (wearing white suit) entering and sitting on platform in front of flags of flags of coffee producing nations. (3 shots)
SV: Interpreters seated.
SV AND LV; Mr kanon speaking in French with delegates from various countries including kenya, and Angola seated listening. (4 shots)
SV: Delegates applaud end of speech.
SV PAN: Mr Pacavira speaking in Portuguese PAN TO officials on platform and Mr kanon listening.
SV PAN AND CU: Other delegates including those from Zaire, Tanzania, and Sierre Leone listening. (4 shots)
SV: Officials and delegates applaud at end of Mr Pacavira's speech.
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Background: The nineteenth conference of the Inter African Coffee Organisation--OAIC--opened in the Ivory Coast on Monday (19 November). Delegates from countries all over Africa gathered in Abidjan to discuss the problems associated with the production and export of coffee.
SYNOPSIS: The annual meeting was held in the Agricultural Ministry Building. In the absence of the President of the organisation--the Agriculture Minister of Zaire--the conference was presided over by the Angolan Agriculture Minister, Emanuel Pedro Pacavira (seen entering the hall wearing the white suit). The organisation, founded in 1960, has twenty-one members and Guinea has recently applied to join the group.
The Ivory Coast Agriculture Minister, Denis Bra Kanon, welcomed the fifty delegates to Abidjan and outlined the aims of the organisation. The OAIC was established to regulate the African coffee market and finance research into improved methods of crop production.
Mr Pacavira who is Vive-President of the OIAC, dealt with the same theme, stressing the need for individual countries to increase coffee production. The Ivory Coast is Africa's largest coffee exporter and the OAIC as a whole forms a major force on the wold market The conference decided on the need for a common strategy to compete with the South American coffee producers during the four-day meeting.