Mrs Assouan Acquah from Cote d'Ivoire has been confirmed as Co-Chair of the Working Group on the Roundtable for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy (RSCE).
Mr. Simon M. Schnetzer from Berlin, Germany, will start work on 20 May 2008 as Coordinator for the RSCE. His CV is as follows:
2005- Master of Science in Economics, University of Konstanz, Germany
2006- Capacity Building International (InWEnt), Germany - planning and managing capacity building projects on trade and fiscal politics in Latin America, East Africa and Middle East.
2005- Private Development Group, Tanzania - consultancy in waste management.
2005- International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya - consultancy on trade and environment.
2005- German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), Tanzania and Kenya - consultancy for agricultural trade project.
Language and Computer Skills
English, Spanish, French
MS Office and Statistical software (Stata and Eviews)
The First meeting of the Working Group for the Roundtable on a Sustainable Cocoa Economy (RSCE) was held on 6 March 2008. At this meeting, Mr Tony Lass MBE was appointed as a Co-Chairman from the consuming countries. Representatives from producing countries will conduct further consultations before appointing their Co-Chairman and will inform the Secretariat as soon as possible.
Members of the Working Group agreed that the official title of the initiative would be Roundtable for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy (RSCE). The title could be translated in all languages. However, the acronym would remain "RSCE" in all languages. The suggested translations into French and Spanish are: "Table Ronde pour une Economie Cacaoyère Durable" (French) and "Mesa Redonda sobre una Economía Cacotera Sostenible" (Spanish).
Members further agreed on the objectives for the next RSCE meeting as follows:
Specific Objectives for this RSCE meeting (RSCE2):
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