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London, 20 March 2014 — The home of the world’s highest per capita consumers of chocolate became the appropriate venue for the 89th session of the International Cocoa Council, hosted by the kind invitation of the Government of Switzerland, at the Radisson Blu Zurich Airport hotel in Zurich, 7 - 11 March.

Delegates were welcomed to Switzerland by the State Secretary, Her Excellency Marie-Gabrielle Ineischen-Fleisch, who reminded delegates of her country’s crucial role in the world’s chocolate sector, and also highlighted ongoing Swiss efforts in developing   sustainability in the cocoa supply chain. 

Among the issues under discussion in Zurich were the plans for the second edition of the World Cocoa Conference (WCC) at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam in June, and ICCO Executive Director Dr. Jean-Marc Anga was able to report that four Ministers were already scheduled to be on hand officially to open the event. Besides an attractive slate of speakers and panellists from around the world, he added, the Amsterdam WCC was already guaranteed to bring together a host of top executives from the world’s largest cocoa and chocolate companies.

Dr. Anga also explained that cocoa farmers from all over the world were to be sponsored to attend the Conference, bringing their voices to the debate on the most important issues in cocoa that were to be tackled at the meeting.

The World Cocoa Foundation, CAOBISCO and the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative IDH among several others, were all involved in special sessions to take place alongside the main Conference, Dr. Anga said, and the Dutch group of stakeholder organizations was planning on holding a series of interactive sessions to enlarge on and develop the themes of the WCC. To top it all off, he said, the Conference Dinner is to be held in Amsterdam’s spectacular National Maritime Museum and is set to become 2014’s premier cocoa networking opportunity.

At the accompanying meeting of the enlarged, private sector-led Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy, Dr. Anna Laven of the Royal Tropical Institute in the Netherlands outlined the new blogs that are being created on the Cocoa Connect website to tie together the themes to be addressed at the Amsterdam WCC.     

A report on the recently concluded second Certification Workshop was also presented to the Consultative Board, highlighting progress in identifying commonalities in standards and benefits for all stakeholders, and especially cocoa producers. While the social and environmental pillars of sustainability were already being addressed, the participants of the workshop found that it was the economic pillar—which encompasses farmer livelihoods—that still required much work.

Taking its cue from the Workshop itself, part of the Board’s sessions were conducted using an interactive ‘forum’ technique, inviting small groups of participants to discuss significant topics around tables of 12, each complete with a moderator and rapporteur. This method was found by the participants to be both stimulating and practical, and is being considered as a regular fixture for future ICCO meetings.   

Council Chairman Anna Tofftén of Sweden who presided over the main meeting, introduced Dr. Stephen Opuni, the new CEO of the Ghana Cocoa Board, and the Council considered reports from the ICCO’s Economics and Administration and Finance Committees, which both met alongside the Council in Zurich.

The Council noted with regret that the Zurich meeting would be the final appearance of the Spokesman of the Consuming Countries, Mr. Rüdiger Ohst of Germany, who had served with distinction for several years, but was moving to a new role within his government.

A taste of Switzerland was offered to the Council delegates with a demonstration of fine chocolate making by Zurich-based confectionery giant Lindt & Sprüngli, whose master chocolatiers showed the way that quality cocoa, in the right hands, can create the sort of attractive and tasty products that are loved by consumers worldwide. 

London, 18 March 2014 — Over 70 stakeholders from Europe, the US, Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia took part in the ICCO’s second International Workshop on Cocoa Certification in Zurich, Switzerland on 6 and 7 March, the Organization reported today.

The Workshop, organized in close cooperation with the United Nations Forum on Sustainable Standards (UNFSS), included cocoa producers, representatives of cocoa exporting and importing country governments, the cocoa and chocolate industry, certification bodies, civil society and international agencies.

Following up on the first ICCO Cocoa Certification workshop, held in Douala, Cameroon in June 2013, the Zurich workshop added to the interactive combination of presentations, interviews and panel discussions with a new forum session that invited a cross section of stakeholders to discuss the important issues in more intimate groups of 12. The tremendous energy generated by this forum had very positive participation and results.

At the workshop, ICCO-commissioned consultant Aimee Russillo presented a working document that provided the broad outline to allow the participants to begin creating a reference framework of commonalities for sustainable cocoa.

The main objective of the workshop was to assist existing and emerging national and international sustainability-related standards to develop a common framework, using a set of commonly agreed pre-competitive, minimum requirements, up to a threshold level, beyond which individual certification standards would be free to compete with one another based on their unique specific requirements, taking into account the demands of individual consumer market segments.

There was agreement at the end of the workshop that there are benefits for all stakeholders along the value chain in coming up with a simplified common language, a reference point and guide, prioritizing actions and strategies, being transparent about the roles and actions of those involved, and about progress on key issues. Other benefits, the stakeholders found, were flexibility, scalability and accessibility, affordability and comparing indicators for impact assessment and measurements, as well as reducing auditing procedures and costs.

The stakeholders agreed that long term sustainability in the cocoa sector required reaching out to the unorganized cocoa farmers (estimated at 80% of the total) to provide them with the required assistance.

While recognizing that sustainability in cocoa is a shared responsibility between all stakeholders, the participants also understood that certification is only one tool within a group of interventions supporting the sustainable development of the sector.

Other instruments, such as adequate investments in farmers, in order to address the production and supply side for sustainable production are also necessary. This has to be complemented by investments in sustainable trade and non-monetized, public good infrastructure. Stakeholder cooperation in the framework of national platforms for public private partnerships (PPPs) is a critical success factor. PPPs with governments as lead actors, including all stakeholders in an inclusive, transparent and participatory approach, are the best vehicles to deliver sustainability, and existing standard systems should aim to operate within the PPPs. A continuous improvement process, including key impact indicators to monitor and evaluate actions, is necessary for the common framework to make step-by-step progress. There must be information transparency, and data must be available and shared at all levels.

The ICCO and UNFSS will continue to support and facilitate the development of the common framework as a guide for cocoa sustainability. They will particularly focus on the gaps identified by the participants in the economic pillar of sustainability, under which the producer should be adequately rewarded.

Click on any of the highlighted presentations in the programme below to download that presentation. A full report of the Zurich cocoa certification workshop will be published by the ICCO shortly.

A presentation of the outcome of the outcome of the workshop is availlable for download here.

THURSDAY 6 MARCH

08.30

Registration

09.00

OPENING SESSION

 

 

Opening remarks:

  • Hans-Peter Egler, Head Trade Promotion, SECO
  • Jean-Marc Anga, Executive Director, ICCO
  • Chris Wunderlich, UNFSS Coordinator

09.30

SESSION 1

 


Presentation of the working document prepared by the ICCO consultant, Aimee Russillo, Managing Partner, Liseed Consulting
 

10.30

Cocoa Break

11.00

 

 

 

 

Panel discussions with stakeholders involved in standards systems on the way forward.

Chair: Aimee Russillo, Managing Partner, Liseed Consulting

Panellists:

  • Götz Schroth, Senior Manager Cocoa, Sustainable Agriculture Division, Rainforest Alliance
  • Rüdiger Meyer, CEO, FLO-CERT GmbH  
  • Han de Groot, Executive Director, UTZ Certified   
  • Ulrich Helberg, Coordinator, Certification Capacity Enhancement (CCE)
  • Karin Kreider, Executive Director, ISEAL Alliance  
  • Jack Steijn, Chair CEN Committee 415 on sustainable and traceable cocoa

12.30

Lunch

14.00

Presentations by cocoa producing countries on national standards

Chair: Michiel Hendriksz, Director Sustainability, ADM International Sarl, Cocoa Division

Panellists:

Panel discussions

16.00

Cocoa Break

16.30

Panel discussions comprising representatives from the cocoa and chocolate industry. 

Chair: Lee Choon Hui, Director General, Malaysian Cocoa Board

Panellists:

  • Darell High, Nestle
  • Cathy Pieters (Cocoa Life Program Director), Mondelēz International
  • Michiel Hendriksz, Director Sustainability, ADM International Sarl, Cocoa Division
  • Daudi Lelijveld, VP Cocoa Sustainability & MD Biolands, Barry Callebaut AG
  • Simon Brayn-Smith, Olam International

18.00

End of Session

 

FRIDAY 7 MARCH

09.00

Panel discussions with Civil Society Organizations / NGOs:

Chair: JensSoth, Expert and Advisor to SECO, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation

Panellists:

  • Hans Perk, Global cocoa programme coordinator, Solidaridad
  • Manfred Borer, Sustainable Cocoa Production Program, Swisscontact
  • Friedel Hutz-Adams, Sudwind/Voice

10.00

Cocoa break

10.30

SESSION 2

 


Briefing on Cocoa Forum preparation by Jens Soth and Jean-Marc Anga


Cocoa Forum: Participants group into five tables, with twelve members in each group to be chaired by a moderator and assisted by a rapporteur to discuss four key questions:

  • 1) What are the gaps to have a common framework accepted by your stakeholders?
  • 2) What could be the solutions to fill those gaps?
  • 3) How do we get “buy-in” from you and your stakeholders?
  • 4) Possible role for ICCO & UNFSS in moving this process forward?

Moderators: Jens Soth and Aimee Russillo

Forum Results
 

12.00

Lunch

14.30

SESSION 3

 

Recommendations on the way forward

 

  • Strategy: Practical actions on how the industry, certification initiatives and cocoa producing countries can work together using an integrated approach
  • Practical actions on how the ICCO and UNFSS can facilitate the process

 

Closing session and adoption of recommendations on the way forward

Peru on 4 March 2014 signed the International Cocoa Agreement 2010, the United Nations Treaty Section has confirmed.

Click here to see the official notification of accession to the Agreement from the United Nations.

Pictured: H.E. Mr. Gustavo Adolfo Meza-Cuadra Velásquez,
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Peru
, signs the International Cocoa Agreement 2010 at United Nations headquarters in New York

London, 28 February 2014--The International Cocoa Organization today released its first forecasts for the 2013/2014 cocoa year and revised estimates of world production, grindings and stocks of cocoa beans for 2012/2013, summarized below. The data published in Issue No. 1 - Volume XL - Cocoa year 2013/2014 of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics reflect the most recent information available to the Secretariat as at the middle of February 2014.

Summary of forecasts and revised estimates

Cocoa year
(Oct-Sep)
2012/2013 2013/2014 Year-on-year change
   Previous estimates a/ Revised estimates Forecasts  
  (thousand tonnes)   (Per cent)
World production 3 931 3 942 4 104 + 162 + 4.1%
World grindings 4 052 4 077 4 178 + 101 + 2.5%
Surplus/deficit b/ - 160 - 174 - 115    
           
End-of-season stocks 1 672 1 662 1 547 - 115 - 6.9%
Stocks/Grindings ratio 41.3% 40.8% 37.0%    

Notes:
a/   Estimates published in Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, Vol. XXXIX - No. 4 - Cocoa year 2012/2013
b/   Surplus/deficit: Net world crop (gross crop adjusted for loss in weight) minus grindings
Totals may differ due to rounding.

This issue of the Bulletin contains the Secretariat’s first forecasts for the 2013/2014 cocoa year, as well as data for the past four years of production and grindings of cocoa beans, detailed by country. The main features of the global cocoa market are illustrated in colour charts. In addition, the Bulletin includes comments on crop and demand prospects in the leading countries for the current season, and a review of price developments on international markets for cocoa beans during the October-December quarter of 2013. 

Statistical information on trade in cocoa beans, cocoa products and chocolate, by country and by region, published in this edition, covers annual data from 2009/2010 to 2011/2012 and quarterly statistics for the period October-December 2011 to April-June 2013. Details of origin of imports and destination of exports for leading cocoa importing countries are also provided. Historical statistics on cocoa trade and consumption, by country and by region, for the period 2003/2004 to 2011/2012 are presented for reference. 

Copies of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, including Microsoft Excel files and Adobe PDF format, can be ordered can be ordered by completing and returning this form or from the ICCO Secretariat at the address below:

International Cocoa Organization
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London, 20 January 2014--A direct dialogue follow-up to last year's International Workshop on Cocoa Certification is planned to be held in Zurich, Switzerland, 6-7 March 2014.

The meeting, aimed at the cocoa and chocolate industry on the one hand and the cocoa producing countries on the other, is being organized and facilitated by the ICCO and the United Nations Forum of Sustainability Standards (UFSS). It will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Zurich Airport.

While registration is free of charge, the direct dialogue workshop is open to ICCO member delegates, and others by invitiation only, with the travel and hotel costs of participants to be fully sponsored by their countries.

Full details of the direct dialogue, including the official announcement, hotel details and a registration form are available here.

The draft programme of the workshop can be downloaded by clicking here.

Click here to download the full working discussion document, 'Sustainable Cocoa and Certification' which has been prepared for the direct dialogue workshop.

Details of the International Workshop on Cocoa Certification held in June 2013 in Douala, Cameroon--including the final report and a full list of downloadable presentations--can be accessed here.

LONDON, 7 January 2014--The International Cocoa Organization is to run another International Seminar on Futures Markets and Econometric Modelling of the Cocoa Market, this time at the Ivotel, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire,  24 – 28 February 2014, the ICCO announced today.

Organized in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture of Côte d'Ivoire and the Conseil du Café-Cacao, the week-long Seminar once again aims to give policy makers and other stakeholders in the cocoa sector, particularly from the African region, an improved understanding of the functioning of cocoa futures markets and the enhanced ability to use econometric models to forecast market developments. 

Futures markets, also called terminal markets, play a vital role in the world cocoa economy. They allow those in the trade and industry to manage their price risk, provide valuable information on storage decisions, and collect and disseminate information on world prices.  In addition to examining in detail the functioning of these markets and recent regulatory changes, the participants will review, among other subjects, the impact of speculative trading on cocoa futures prices and volatility, and price transmission between the futures markets and the physical markets at origin. 

Because of the specific nature of cocoa growing, investment / disinvestment decisions in cocoa production capacity takes several years to show their full impact. The lack of adequate forecasting and / or the capacity to conduct it has been a major factor leading the cocoa sector to experience periods of boom and bust, with cocoa prices swinging between less than US$1,000 per tonne in the year 2000 to over US$18,000 in the year 1977 (in 2012 price terms). The techniques involved in econometric modelling can be used to forecast market development and to help stakeholders, from cocoa and chocolate companies’ market analysts to policy makers, to take informed decisions regarding investment in the cocoa business and thereby, optimize their rate of returns. 

The two modules of the Seminar are scheduled to run back-to-back throughout the five days. The module on terminal markets is appropriate for those with an economic or financial background. Meanwhile, quantitative economists, econometricians and statisticians make up the target group for the module on econometric modelling. However, parties with the relevant background or knowledge can participate in either or both modules.

ICCO staff and international experts with an in-depth knowledge of the subjects will deliver the Seminar training. The Seminar follows up on a number of studies on cocoa price determination and the functioning of the cocoa markets published by the Organization’s staff in recent years, and the ICCO also has built a sophisticated econometric model on the world cocoa economy and publishes regular forecasts on cocoa supply and demand based on it. Both module topics already have been the subject of well received seminars held at the ICCO headquarters in London, and, in 2013, in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

The Seminar will be held in Côte d'Ivoire's commercial capital and cocoa port of Abidjan, at the kind invitation of the Ivorian Government.

More details, including a full programme and a description of the subjects to be covered at the Seminar, are available by downloading the official announcement of the event here. Also included are a registration form for the Seminar, as well as booking details for the discounted accommodation rate available to attendees at the venue, the Ivotel in Abidjan.

Plus amples informations, y compris le programme et la description des sujets abordés au séminaire sont disponibles en téléchargeant l’annonce officielle de l’événement. Sont également inclus le formulaire d’inscription ainsi que tous les renseignements concernant les taux préférentiels accordés aux participants pour leur séjour à Ivotel, Abidjan, l’endroit ou se déroule le séminaire.

The International Cocoa Council and subsidiary bodies, including the expanded Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy, as well as the Economics and Administration and Finance Committees, will meet in Zurich, Switzerland, 10 - 14 March 2014.

Provisional Timetable of Meetings, 10-14 March 2014, Zurich, Switzerland

ED(MEM) 962-Rev.2

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Arrangements for the March 2014 Meetings

ED(MEM) 965

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International Cocoa Council: Draft Agenda

ICC-89-1-Rev.1

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Administration and Finance Committee: Draft Agenda

AF-3-1-Rev.1

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Economics Committee: Draft Agenda

EC-3-1-Rev.2

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Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy: Draft Agenda

CB-28-1-Rev.2

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London, 29 November 2013--The International Cocoa Organization today released its revised forecasts, summarized below, of world production, grindings and stocks of cocoa beans for the 2012/2013 cocoa year. The data published in Issue No. 4 - Volume XXXIX - Cocoa year 2012/2013 of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, reflect the most recent information available to the Secretariat as at the middle of November 2013.

Summary of revised estimates

Cocoa year
(Oct-Sep)
2011/2012 2012/2013 Year-on-year change
   Revised
estimates
Previous
estimates a/
Revised
estimates
 
  (thousand tonnes)   (Per cent)
World production 4 080 3 986 3 931 - 149 - 3.7%
World grindings 3 956 3 998 4 052 + 96 + 2.4%
Surplus/deficit b/ + 83   - 52 - 160    
           
End-of-season stocks 1 832 1 784 1 672 - 160 - 8.7%
Stocks/Grindings ratio 46.3% 44.6% 41.3%    

Notes:
a/   Estimates published in Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, Vol. XXXIX - No. 3 - Cocoa year 2012/2013
b/   Surplus/deficit: net world crop (gross crop adjusted for loss in weight) minus grindings
Totals may differ due to rounding.

This issue of the Bulletin contains the Secretariat’s revised estimates for the 2012/2013 cocoa year as well as data for the past four years of production and grindings of cocoa beans, detailed by country. The main features of the global cocoa market are illustrated in colour charts. In addition, it includes comments on crop and demand prospects in the leading countries for the current season, and a review of price developments on international markets for cocoa beans during the 2012/2013 cocoa year.

Statistical information on trade in cocoa beans, cocoa products and chocolate, by country and by region, published in this edition, covers annual data from 2009/2010 to 2011/2012 and quarterly statistics for the period July-September 2011 to January-March 2013. Details of destination of exports and origin of imports for leading cocoa exporting countries are also provided. Historical statistics on cocoa trade and consumption, by country and by region, for the period 2003/2004 to 2011/2012 are presented for reference.

Copies of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, including in Microsoft Excel files and in Adobe PDF format versions, can be ordered by completing and returning this form or from the ICCO Secretariat at the address below:

International Cocoa Organization
Westgate House
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London W5 1YY, UK

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Fax:             +44 (0)20 7421 5500
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The International Cocoa Organization is pleased to announce that The World Cocoa Directory 2013/2014 is now available.

The new edition of the Directory, published for the first time in six years, contains up-to-date information obtained through extensive research work and thanks to the ICCO’s strong connections within the cocoa and chocolate industry.

It is a remarkable and efficient reference book, a “must have” for any professional involved in the cocoa supply chain and chocolate production. Each link in this worldwide supply chain is represented, from the cocoa farmer to the chocolate manufacturer, making the long journey from raw material to finished product the business of everyone:

  • Associations / Cooperatives                   
  • Exporters / Importers                            
  • Traders / Banks / Insurers                       
  • Cocoa & Chocolate machinery makers
  • Carriers (land / sea transport)                
  • Chocolate makers / Chocolatiers
  • Warehousing / Cocoa handling               
  • Chocolate & Confectionery distributors
  • Packaging suppliers                             
  • Government bodies / NGOs                   
  • Research institutions                            
  • Fumigation / Fertilizer / Pesticide suppliers
  • Certification bodies                              
  • Industry Information / Consultants          
  • Inspection / Control organizations           
  • Cocoa & Chocolate processors

The World Cocoa Directory 2013/2014 is unique and truly reflects the current trends of the cocoa and chocolate industry.

The World Cocoa Directory 2013/2014 - very easy to use with a traditional alphabetical listing and two indexes (by country and by activity category) - is comprised of over 3,000 entries and includes over 2,500 verified email addresses, facilitating business contacts and opportunities and presenting a 360 degree view of the cocoa and chocolate industry.

The World Cocoa Directory 2013/2014 comes in a bound, hard cover edition and is available at €310 or £265 per copy, including postage and packaging worldwide. Generous discounts of course are given for multiple copy sales, and further details of these are available from Philippe Pestelle at the ICCO ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

To receive your copy, click here to download, complete and return the attached Order Form by email or fax.

At a press conference immediately after the meetings, the ICCO's Executive Director, Dr Jean-Marc Anga, presented a review of the outcome of the 88th session of the International Cocoa Council, held at the Holiday Inn, Wembley, London, 23-27 September 2013:

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the final day of the 88th session of the International Cocoa Council and its subsidiary bodies, where we have just concluded a wide-ranging and very well-attended meeting, including the expanded Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy.

We were pleased this week to have our meetings graced with the presence of Ministers, Ambassadors and High Commissioners representing our member countries.

We are coming to the end of the first year of the International Cocoa Agreement 2010, which first came into force on 1 October 2012. I was pleased to be able to report that Ecuador, has now officially joined the Agreement, bringing the number of member countries of the Organization up to 46. With a number of other countries on the point of joining as well, we are quite confident that the number of member countries under the Agreement will exceed 50 before the end of the new cocoa year.

This week the first meeting of the Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy took place in its expanded form, as agreed by the Council at its previous meeting in March 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. This Consultative Board now includes representatives from across the spectrum of the cocoa and chocolate industry, NGOs, suppliers to the industry and ancillary businesses related to cocoa. We had a good first meeting of this expanded group, and they are tackling a number of important issues under the auspices of the Council.  

After the great success of the first World Cocoa Conference, held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire last November, we were able to report to the Council that plans are well in hand for the second edition of the Conference, to take place in Amsterdam from 9 - 13 June 2014. This event will review the progress made towards achieving the development goals set out in the Global Cocoa Agenda and agreed by all major stakeholders, for the sustainable future of the industry. We will also be addressing significant issues in the Conference content, including achieving remunerative prices and improved livelihoods for cocoa farmers by 2020. The latest details of the World Cocoa Conference 2014 are in a new brochure that has just been published.

We were able to report to the Council as well on the success of two other capacity building meetings held in member countries in the past few months—the International Workshop on Cocoa Certification held in Douala, Cameroon in June, and the International Seminar on Cocoa Terminal Markets and Econometric Modelling of the Cocoa Market, which took place in Guayaquil, Ecuador in July. The certification workshop brought together over 130 experts and stakeholders together to debate this important issue, while the seminar on cocoa terminal markets is now planned to be repeated in both Africa and Indonesia. 

Among the projects we introduced to the Council is a new one called CocoaSafe, to take place in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, and which will aim to help smallholder producers and exporters improve their cocoa in order to consistently meet international food safety and SPS standards.

Closer to home, we were able to report on a smooth move into the Secretariat’s new offices at Westgate House in Ealing, West London, a move that will save the Organization significant outlay in rent, and will help the Organization achieve a zero-growth budget for the upcoming two years. These premises will serve us well until the agreed September 2015 date for a Council decision on whether the headquarters of the Organization will be relocated to Abidjan.

The ICCO last week published for the first time in six years its World Cocoa Directory, which we were able to introduce to the Council. The 2013/14 edition has been completely revised and updated, and it will soon be available in digital form as well, on the ICCO website.

We also discussed in the Council the organization of an ICCO delegation to China, in order to establish stronger links with the industry there, and of course to solicit China’s membership in the Organization. We feel that the potential cocoa market in China is very significant, and its closer participation in the work of the Organization can only be beneficial to the entire cocoa value chain. We were pleased to welcome representatives of the government of the People’s Republic of China to our meetings this week.

And finally, we are very grateful to two of our members: the government of Switzerland, which has kindly agreed to host the next meeting of the International Cocoa Council and its subsidiary bodies in Bern in March 2014; and the government of Côte d'Ivoire, which has kindly agreed to host the March 2015 meetings in Abidjan.

Also at the meetings: Executive Director Dr. Jean-Marc Anga presented outgoing International Cocoa Council Chairman Mr. Michael Ndoping with the ICCO's golden cocoa pod (pictured above, Mr. Ndoping on the left). The Council elected Ms. Anna Tofftén of Sweden as Chairman for 2013/14, and Mr. Conradin Rasi of Switzerland as Vice Chairman.   

The following presentations from the meetings are available to download:

Presentation on Activity-based budgeting, given by Mr. Michael Mann, EU Consultant (presentation to  the Council);

Presentation on the new Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) funding policy, given by Dr. Parvindar Singh, Managing Director a.i. of the Common Fund for Commodities (presentation to the Council);

Presentation on Sustainable Certification given by Mr. Christopher Wunderlich, Co-ordinator of the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS) (presented to the Economics Committee);

National Cocoa Development Plan presentations to the Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy, given by the Governments of

Ecuador on 25 September 2013 signed the International Cocoa Agreement 2010, the United Nations Treaty Section has confirmed.

Click here to see the official notification of accession to the Agreement from the United Nations.

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ICCO Agreements

The ICCO International Cocoa Agreement is available to download in Acrobat PDF format.

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ICCO Membership Procedure

The procedures for becoming a member of the International Cocoa Organization are provided in Articles 52 to 57 of the International Cocoa Agreement, 2010.

How to Become an ICCO Member - International Cocoa Agreement 2010