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Amb. Ocheger Hails Promotion of Domestic Coffee Consumption in Africa

Monday, 19th August 2019
Ambs. Fred Laryea of Ghana, Nelson Ocheger and Dr. Fredrick Kawumaof IACO after the meeting.
Uganda's Ambassador to Cote dIvoire, with residence in Abuja, Amb. Nelson Ocheger has hailed the Inter-African Coffee Organisation (IACO) for championing the promotion of domestic coffee consumption in Africa and the recognition of coffee as a strategic commodity in the Continent. He made this commendation during the IACO breakfast meeting with African Ambassadors from both coffee producing and consuming countries.

Amb. Ocheger pointed out that other prospects as promoted by IACO, which included the establishment of African Coffee Facility Trust Fund, recognition of IACO as a specialised agency of the African Union and construction of the IACO headquarters are actionable and achievable. 
He observed that the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area has provided the Continent with the impetus to spur coffee production and consumption given that significant challenges to intra-Africa trade will be addressed.

Amb. Ocheger added that Africa has remained poor on account of exporting raw coffee as opposed to adding value before sale thereby creating employment opportunities and generating more revenue.
The Secretary General of IACO, Dr. Fredrick Kawuma revealed that Africa exported about 12 million bags of green coffee per annum, on average over the last five year, but also imported a similar amount from Europe, Asia and the Middle East for its consumption. This, he said, shows that there is potential in the African market to absorb all the coffee produced in the Continent. He explained that it is for the later reason that IACO found it necessary to expand its membership to include the African coffee consuming countries, mainly in North Africa, the Sahel region, as well as Southern and South-West Africa.

The meeting, which took place at Hotel Tiama in Abidjan, was attended, among others, by Amb. Aly Toure, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cote d Ivoire to International Commodity Organisations, Fred Laryea, the Ghana Ambassador to Cote d Ivoire, diplomats from Ethiopia, Liberia, Central Africa Republic, Tunisia, Algeria and Niger.

Source: Uganda High Commission, Abuja.