Ghana and Ivory Coast have signed an agreement which will see the two take steps to boost production by conducting joint research, reduce smuggling, enforce standards including a ban on use of Child Labour in cocoa production, reward farmers, bargain together inasmuch as the cocoa industry is concerned.
The joint agreement sighted by MyNewsGh.com will see the two top cocoa nations continue the cutting of Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus infected trees in their respective countries; with an additional agreement to collect data that link cocoa farmers to their farms.
They also resolved to collaborate in the fight against worst forms of child labour and to take up the duty of Education in the West African subregion on cocoa consumption.
The agreement was signed in Ivory Coast by the two countries’ cocoa bosses was translated into French and signed by both countries representatives on behalf of Presidents Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast.
The two leaders in a historic meeting agreed the best way to make the best out of cocoa was not by unhealthy competition, but by a trusted partnership which has seen the two leaders collaborate in many ways.
The partnership has been under the aegis of the Chief Executive Officer of the COCOBOD, Mr. Boahen Aidoo.
See the full communiqué:
In June 2018, the Ghana Cocoa Board and the Le Conseil du Café-Cacao met in Abidjan to adopt a Strategic Plan for executing the Abidjan Declaration of the Heads of State of the Republic of Ghana and the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa AKUFO-ADDO, and His Excellence Mr Alassane OUATTARA respectively, made on 26th March 2018. The Strategic Plan outlines broadly the strategic areas of action and hence requires precise activities for implementation. The meeting in Accra from 10th to 11th September 2018 adopted a Comprehensive Implementation Plan and concretised details of the specific actions for achieving the vision of the two Heads of States.
At the end of the meeting the two parties;
Marketing and Economics
• Agreed to conduct a study to determine the floor price of cocoa.
• Constituted a joint committee for the promotion of cocoa consumption in both countries and across the West African sub-region
• Agreed to work further towards the adoption of strategies for the implementation of ISO Sustainable and Traceable Cocoa Standard.
• Have concurrent opening of cocoa season and announcement of producer prices.
Production and Research
• Agreed to forge closer collaboration between Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), and National Centre of Agronomic Research (CNRA) in Cote d’Ivoire.
• Agreed to work together towards the adoption of good practices for adaptation and mitigation of the adverse effects of climate change based on experiences of the two countries.
• Agreed on key issues for national strategy for restoring and preserving of cocoa landscapes.
• Adopted a common approach to the coordination of private sector initiatives.
• Agreed to continue the cutting of Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus infected trees in our respective countries.
• Agreed to collect data that link cocoa farmers to their farms.
• Agreed to collaborate in the fight against worst forms of child labour.
Governance Structure of the Co-operation
• Adopted the Draft Charter and Administrative Rules to guide the governance and operations of the Ghana – Cote d’Ivoire Co-operation.
DONE IN ACCRA, GHANA ON 11TH SEPTEMBER, 2018