President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday ratified the International Coffee Agreement 2007 after the cabinet approved Nigeria’s membership of the International Coffee Organization, an official statement said Thursday.
The president Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu said that the agreement would promote a sustainable coffee economy for the benefit of all stakeholders, and particularly, of small-scale farmers in coffee-producing countries.
“The FEC meeting had drawn a conclusion on the agreement on October 21, 2020, with emphasis on Conclusion 10, which approved the preparation of the Instrument of Ratification of Nigeria’s membership of the International Coffee Organisation and International Coffee Agreement of 2007.
“The 2007 Agreement will strengthen the ICO’s role as a forum for intergovernmental consultations, facilitate international trade through increased transparency and access to relevant information,” Shehu said
Nigeria had been a major Coffee producer since the late 19th century, as a major cash crop for farmers in the country for decades.
According to Shehu, the agreement is an important instrument for development cooperation, and will provide the legal framework for core activities undertaken by the Organisation in the future.
He said the Instrument of Ratification was prepared by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.