Republic of Madagascar Minister confirms commitment to sign ICA 2022

Richard Randriamandrato, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Madagascar, has announced that the Government of Madagascar will sign the International Coffee Agreement 2022 (ICA 2022) in October 2022, when it becomes available for signature.

On July 7, Randriamandrato met with the executive director of the International Coffee Organization (ICO), Vanusia Nogueira, at the organization’s London headquarters.

There, Randriamandrato bolstered the existing partnership between Madagascar and the ICO and laid the groundwork for further collaboration to revitalize the Malagasy coffee industry.

Madagascar has an opportunity, according to Randriamandrato, if the ICO and its Coffee Public-Private Task Force (CPPTF) increase their collaboration.

Randriamandrato states, “I’m looking forward to concretizing what we’ve discussed, particularly the desire to have Madagascar serve as a future site for the CPPTF’s pilot projects.”

Through its Roadmap for 2020-2030, the CPPTF pursues new commitments toward a prosperous, sustainable, and inclusive coffee industry. Importantly, its pilot projects emphasize the promotion of initiatives, such as targeted producer support programs, as a means of achieving social and economic progress in coffee-producing nations while protecting natural resources.

Nogueira demanded the prompt designation of a national focal point to enhance the country’s participation in ICO activities, including those of the CPPTF. She also invited the Minister to attend the upcoming 134th International Coffee Council session, which will be held in Bogota, Colombia, where the ICA 2022 will be formally opened for signatures.

Nogueira stated, “I look forward to a strengthened and ongoing cooperation between ICO and the Republic of Madagascar, which will serve the best interests of both parties and transform the sector’s challenges into tremendous opportunities.”

Madagascar is the world’s twenty-third largest coffee producer, primarily producing high-quality Robusta. The country’s success with other high-value crops, such as vanilla, has sparked optimism that Arabica coffee cultivation will increase in the future, thereby boosting the specialty coffee market. The country’s robust domestic consumption represents an enormous opportunity for value addition and supply chain growth.

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