The 16th General Assembly of the Alliance of Cocoa Producing Countries opened in Abidjan on Friday (21 May).
GV INT. Flags of various nations
SV Delegates arrive
SV Delegates from Togo sits
SV Nigerian delegate seated
MV Delegates listening to addresses
MV Ghanaian delegates seated
SV Ivory Coast delegate seated
MV & GV Cameroun ditto (2 shots)
GV Delegates from Brazil
STV Delegates listen PAN TO GV & SV Ivorian Minister of Agriculture speaking
MV Brazilian delegates applaud
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Background: The 16th General Assembly of the Alliance of Cocoa Producing Countries opened in Abidjan on Friday (21 May). It was announced during the opening ceremony that the Ivory Coast had prepared a draft international agreement between cocoa-producing countries, aimed at settling outstanding problems over prices, quotas and stocks of cocoa.
SYNOPSIS: The 16th General Assembly of the Alliance of Cocoa Producing Countries opened in Abidjan on Friday. About 30 delegates attended from the six member countries - Brazil, Cameroun, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo.
The main development at the conference was the announcement of a draft international agreement between the cocoa-producing countries - this would settle the problems that bedevil the international cocoa trade, especially prices, quotas and stocks of cocoa.
The Ivory Coast delegation presented the draft agreement. The Ivory Coast speakers said that there had been ten years of empty words at the level of the United Nations and its specialised agencies over a long-term agreement with consumers. Until something was done, the Ivory Coast will present an interim agreement between producers and consumers, the Ivorian Minister of Agriculture Mr Sawadogo said.