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Ico’s 127th International Coffee Council to be held virtually on 10-11 September

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LONDON, UK – The 127th Session of the International Coffee Council and its associated meetings will be held virtually from the 2nd -11th of September 2020. On 3rd of September, the ICO led Coffee Public-Private Task Force (CPPTF) is taking place for the second time this year.

Following the decision taken during the International Coffee Council on 27 September 2019, this new initiative was introduced by the ICO to fill the gap in public-private collaboration across the global coffee sector.

Comprised of ICO Members represented at the International Coffee Council (ICC), as well as the private sector and supporting organizations represented at the CEO & Global Leaders Forum (CGLF), the CPPTF offers a unique forum for dialogue and collective action by addressing issues such as price levels and volatility, the impact of the pandemic on the sector as well as long-term sustainability. To learn what will be discussed at the CPPTF meeting see the agenda here.

The CEO & Global Leaders Forum is taking place on the 9th of September and is split into two separate sessions. The first session will be a closed meeting with the signatories of the London Declaration (CEO’s and Company representatives ‘Sherpas’) in which the private sector leaders will discuss and negotiate tangible collective actions on issues facing the global coffee sector.

The second session of the CGLF is open to the public and includes a panel discussion on, ‘Leveraging the role of International Finance Institutions and Development Partners for a sustainable coffee sector’. The list of speakers for the panel is below.

  • Mr Abah Ofon, Manager Research and International Cooperation, AFREXIMBANK
  • Mr Chris Brett, Lead Agribusiness Specialist Agriculture & Food Global Practice, World Bank
  • Mrs Daphne van Geffen, Program Director Coffee, IDH
  • Mr Hans Bogaard, Manager Agribusiness, Food & Water, FMO
  • Mr Hans Perk, Regional Director for Africa and interim Global Agriculture Specialist, Oikocredit
  • Mr Gerd Fleischer, Head of Section G510 Value Creation, Innovation, Employment, GIZ GmbH

This session offers participants the opportunity to exchange views on the progress achieved towards a sustainable, inclusive, and resilient coffee sector, and identify what is needed, especially in light of the COVID crisis.

The session will include co-signatories of the London Declaration with the Regional representatives of ICO membership, Coffee Private Public Task Force observers, ICO Member Countries, the Private Sector Consultative Board and representatives of international organizations and financial institutions. Register for the panel discussion here.

Members of the ICO will be represented at the 127th Session of the International Coffee Council which will also be held virtually on the 10th and 11th of September.

The Council is spread across two days and is a closed meeting for ICO Members only. The International Coffee Council meets twice a year to discuss wide-ranging issues to promote a sustainable coffee sector. The 127th Session will be presided over by the Chair of Council for coffee year 2019/20, Mr Iman Pambagyo of Indonesia.

For more information of the Council and Associated meetings, visit the Council website here: www.internationalcoffeecouncil.com