Cocoa is Ghana

Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto has inaugurated a seven-member Board of Directors for the Cocoa Marketing Company (CMC), a subsidiary of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD).

The Food and Agriculture Minister, who administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy to the members, tasked the members to formulate and implement the right policies to continuously improve the quality of cocoa beans even in the face of dwindling world cocoa prices.

He added that the new Board should work to corroborate COCOBOD’s agenda to process cocoa to the tertiary level and penetrate the wider Chinese and Russian markets with their finished products.

“We need to find new markets for Ghana’s chocolates rather than the export of raw cocoa beans in order to drive consumption’, he noted.

Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto commended COCOBOD for its enormous contribution to the country’s economic development, adding that the onus lies on the newly appointed Board of Directors to work harder to ensure that Ghana maintains its status as the world’s leading producer of premium quality cocoa.

He reminded the new Board of government’s continuous support to the cocoa industry to ensure that Ghana becomes the world’s largest exporter of cocoa beans.

The Minister also urged the Board to work in partnership with Management of the Company to ensure that the sector remained vibrant, resilient and competitive to support the livelihood of millions of people.

Mr. Joseph Kobina Essibu, Chairman of the Board, on behalf of members pledged their commitment to work diligently to sustain the cocoa industry.

According to him, the new Board would work to support the cocoa industry regulator, COCOBOD’s agenda of revamping the cocoa industry.

Other members of the Board include: Hon. Anthony Osei Boakye, Dr. Emmanuel Osei Tuffour, and Mr. Charles Nornoo. The rest are Dr. Johnson Asiama, Mr. Davis Nii Klottey Collison and Dr. K. Mensah-Aborampah.

The Board of Directors are expected to started work immediately.