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Ghana to Host Global Cashew Conference, Driving Industry Growth

Consultative International Cashew Council convenes in Accra for collaboration.

by Adenike Adeodun

Ghana is set to become the focal point for the global cashew industry as it prepares to host the sixth Council of Ministers’ Conference of the Consultative International Cashew Council (CICC). The conference, scheduled to take place from April 16 to April 20 at the prestigious Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra, marks a pivotal moment for the West African nation’s burgeoning cashew sector.

Promoting the Cashew Value Chain

The primary objective of the conference is to advance issues related to the cashew value chain and bolster collaboration among stakeholders across the globe. Alongside the conference proceedings, several auxiliary events are planned, including a cashew research dialogue, a cashew fair, and an exhibition. These activities aim to provide a comprehensive platform for knowledge exchange, networking, and business development within the cashew industry.

International Participation

The conference is expected to attract significant international participation, with 22 Trade and Agriculture Ministers from eleven countries slated to attend. Among the participating nations are Benin, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Mali, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon, and Cote d’Ivoire. This diverse representation underscores the importance of the event as a catalyst for regional cooperation and economic development.

Showcasing Ghana’s Progress

For Ghana, the conference presents a unique opportunity to showcase the progress made in its cashew sector and position itself as a preferred investment destination. Currently, Ghana exports approximately 30,000 tonnes of cashew annually, generating $400 million in export revenue last year alone. Yaw Oteng, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Tree Crops Development Authority (TCDA), emphasized the significance of the event in highlighting Ghana’s achievements and attracting potential investors.

Fostering Knowledge Sharing

A key highlight of the conference will be the cashew research dialogue, where ministers, experts, and researchers from member states will converge to share insights, discuss achievements, and identify research gaps within the cashew industry. This collaborative endeavor is expected to enhance scientific knowledge, inform policy decisions, and drive investment in the sector.

Empowering Local Processors

In addition to the research dialogue, the conference will feature a Cashew Expo and Exhibition under the theme “Projecting the cashew sector through local consumption, value addition, and job creation.” This event aims to showcase various cashew products, educate the public on their benefits, and connect local processors with potential markets. By empowering local processors and promoting value addition, Ghana seeks to maximize the socio-economic benefits derived from its cashew industry.

Strategic Implications

The hosting of the CICC conference holds strategic implications for Ghana’s economic development trajectory. Not only will the event attract foreign direct investment, but it will also contribute to currency stabilization and further industry growth. Mr. Oteng urged all stakeholders across the cashew value chain, including producers, aggregators, traders, processors, and exporters, to actively participate in the conference to leverage growth opportunities and propel the sector forward.

Infrastructure Development

Furthermore, Ghana’s commitment to the cashew sector’s development has positioned it as a frontrunner to host the research and training center for CICC member countries in Africa. The Wenchi Agriculture Station has been earmarked for an upgrade to serve this purpose, reflecting Ghana’s dedication to fostering innovation, research, and capacity building within the cashew industry.

CICC’s Vision

Established in 2016, the Consultative International Cashew Council (CICC) serves as a vital platform for promoting collaboration and development within the global cashew value chain. With headquarters in Abidjan, CICC’s vision is to advocate for the sustainable growth of the cashew sector through innovation, partnership, and knowledge sharing. The upcoming conference underscores CICC’s commitment to driving positive change and fostering economic prosperity across its member states.

In conclusion, Ghana’s hosting of the sixth Council of Ministers’ Conference of the Consultative International Cashew Council represents a significant milestone in the country’s journey towards becoming a global leader in the cashew industry. With an array of events aimed at promoting collaboration, innovation, and investment, the conference promises to chart a path towards sustainable growth and prosperity for all stakeholders involved.

Source: Graphic Online

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