The nineteenth conference of the Inter African Coffee Organisation--OAIC--opened in the Ivory Coast on Monday (19 November).
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.