Cocoa is Ghana

Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has signed a pact with China National Complete Engineering Corporation(CCEC) to support the technological needs of COCOBOD to improve the cocoa sector with sustainable cocoa farm improvement programmes.

Signing on behalf of COCOBOD, Mr Emmanuel Adem Opoku, a Deputy Chief Executive In-Charge of Operations, expressed COCOBOD’s gratitude to CCEC for its resolve to support Ghana in the fields of irrigation system for cocoa cultivation. The pact will also support construction of warehouses for cocoa beans storage, construction of cocoa roads in rural communities and the construction of cocoa processing plants.

Mr Emmanuel Opoku explained that the commitment of CCEC to the agreement on one side and COCOBOD on the other were sure ways of materializing the vision of COCOBOD in the outlined projects. ‘We stand to gain nothing if we fail to bring our combined efforts to the direction of this new path that the management of COCOBOD is charting’, he added.

CCEC has strong capacity in the provision of agricultural machinery and technical services and is among the top Ten Chinese Corporations. The total sum involved in this collaboration is estimated to be USD1.5bn.

The idea to pursue the agreement began during the state visit of the President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to China in September, 2018.

Ghana and China took advantage of COCOBOD’s participation in the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) to sign the agreement for technical coordination.

COCOBOD’s cocoa sector improvement agenda seeks to uplift Ghana’s cocoa industry to a pedestal that occupies an important position in the production of chocolates and its allied products globally.