The International Cocoa Organization is honored to announce that after a process that began in 2019, Colombia has joined ICCO as a full member country.
Yesterday, December 7, 2021, HE Mr. IvÃ¡n Duque, President of the Republic of Colombia, promulgated the bill for Colombia’s accession to ICCO at an event attended by both representatives of the sector Colombian cocoa and a delegation from ICCO, headed by its Executive Director, Mr. Michel Arrion.
Colombia’s membership will expand ICCO’s membership to 52 countries, with 23 exporting member countries and 29 importing member countries. Colombia will be the ninth member country in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, joining Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.
Welcoming the news, ICCO Executive Director Mr. Michel Arrion said: âWe are happy to welcome Colombia as the 52nd member of ICCO. Colombia’s membership is tangible proof of our shared commitment to achieve a more sustainable world cocoa economy through enhanced cooperation between exporting and importing countries.
During its stay in Colombia, the ICCO delegation also had the opportunity to make contact with the Colombian associations concerned, such as Fedecacao, which played a key role in the completion of this process, and with representatives from the private sector, and visited one of the main cocoa producers. regions of the country.
The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) is an intergovernmental organization created in 1973 under the auspices of the United Nations and operating within the framework of successive international cocoa agreements. ICCO is headquartered in Abidjan, CÃ´te d’Ivoire.
The Organization comprises 52 member countries, of which 23 are cocoa exporting countries and 29 are cocoa importing countries. These member countries together represent 92% of world cocoa exports and 80% of world cocoa imports (https://www.icco.org/who-we-are/membership/)
ICCO seeks to promote and support the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the cocoa value chain, and in particular to improve the living conditions of cocoa farmers. The Organization acts as a center of knowledge and innovation in the world cocoa economy; as a platform for institutional cooperation to promote dialogue between its member countries and between the main actors of the cocoa value chain; and as a source of technical assistance for its member countries.