Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

WEBINAR: High-level Conference on Sustainable Cocoa in Ghana

30 June 2021. High-level Conference on Sustainable Cocoa in Ghana. (Passcode: 349159)

The objective of the high-level conference was to take stock of the dialogue in Ghana on each of the topics covered during the roundtable discussions, and to draw conclusions on the way forward (i) to foster progress in the elimination of child labour, (ii) to enhance the protection and restoration of the forests, (iii) to improve the coordination of initiatives supporting the sector and (iv) to ensure a living income for the cocoa farmers.
  • Moderator Viwanou Gnassounou, former Assistant Secretary-General OACPS
  • Welcoming remarks - H.E Diana Acconcia, European Ambassador to Ghana
  • Statement by Mrs. Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships
  • Statement by Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor Hon. Minister of Lands and Natural Resources (Ghana)
National dialogue conclusions: Viwanou Gnassounou, former Assistant Secretary-General OACPS

Panel discussion:
  • Hon. Joseph Baahen Aidoo, Chief Executive officer, COCOBOD
  • HE Ron Strikker, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Ghana
  • Mr. Alex Arnaud Assanwo, Executive Secretary Cote d'Ivoire-Ghana Cocoa Initiative
  • Mr. Chris Vincent, Acting President, World Cocoa Fooundation (WCF)
  • Mrs. Sandra Kwabea Sarkwah, Chairperson, Ghana Civil Society Cocoa Platform
  • Mrs. Leticia Yankey, Founder Cocoa Mmaa
  • Mr. Michel Arrion, Executive Director, International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO)
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