What's New on RSCE May 2008


RSCE Working Group

Madam Acquah Assouan from Cote d'Ivoire has been confirmed as Co-Chair of the Working Group on the Roundtable for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy RSCE.

RSCE Coordination Office

Mr. Simon M. Schnetzer from Berlin, Germany, started work on 20 May 2008 as Coordinator for the RSCE. His CV is as follows:

Academic Background

2005- Master of Science in Economics, University of Konstanz, Germany

Work Experience

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 ACCRA AGENDA reviewed

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).  While the title would be translated in all languages, the acronym "RSCE" would remain  the same. 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 that the objectives for the next RSCE meeting would be as follows:

Overarching Objective:

  • Continue with an informed dialogue, from the Accra meeting of October 2007, amongst stakeholders involved in the world cocoa economy: producer alliances, companies, NGOs, scientists, unions and governments etc. Consider ways and means of enhancing sustainability in the cocoa sector worldwide, whilst building upon the Accra Agenda.

Specific Objectives for this RSCE meeting (RSCE2):

  • Identify the principles underlying the Accra Agenda, taking into account the three pillars of sustainable development (environmental, economic and social)
  • Encourage the (further) development of standards for sustainable cocoa, by starting a process of consultation and dialogue (in meetings and via the web) on the establishment of standards and prepare draft standards (in certain cases) if that is broadly supported
  • Identify ways and means of delivering traceability and monitoring of the cocoa chain, from production through trade/processing to consumption
  • Develop standards for best supply chain practice and promote their implementation, taking into account the special needs of smallholders
  • Consider the role of certification for cocoa and the similarities/differences of existing and newly developed mechanisms of certification, again taking into account the responsibilities of different stakeholders
  • Exchange views on existing programmes geared towards the implementation of core labour standards
  • Provide a platform for initiatives promoting sustainability in cocoa.

Published: 01 June 2008