The Inter-African Coffee Organisation began two days of talks in Abidjan on Thursday (26 July) designed to strengthen the negotiating position of the African producing countries before general talks begin in London in August.
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Background: The Inter-African Coffee Organisation began two days of talks in Abidjan on Thursday (26 July) designed to strengthen the negotiating position of the African producing countries before general talks begin in London in August.
The Abidjan talks, held in the Stabilization Fund Building, were attended by representatives of seventeen member countries.
The meeting was opened by the Ivory Coast's Minister for Agriculture M. Abdoulaye Sawadogo, who called on the Inter-African Coffee Organisation (OIAC) to formulate a common policy to re-negotiate the International Coffee Agreement.
The Africans, who produce about 23 per cent of the world's coffee, are trying to get Latin American producing countries to accept that they are entitled to a larger quota than the fifteen per cent allowed to them under the current International Agreement. But the African producers are at present profiting from the suspension of both the Agreement's quotas and price clauses.
One of the aims of the Abidjan assembly was to strengthen the role of the OIAC following the failure of negotiations aimed at renewal of the International Coffee Agreement. The Agreement has been extended for two years without the economic clauses that previously regulated the coffee market and prevented violent fluctuations.