I.Coast and Netherlands strengthen cocoa cooperation

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Ivory Coast and the Netherlands agreed Monday to strengthen their "cocoa chain" with the view to increase activity between the world's top producer from west Africa and its main outlet in Europe.

"It is here that the cocoa chain begins and it finishes in Amsterdam," chairman of the Amsterdam Regional Business Association Paul Wevers said during a ceremony in the Ivory Coast capital.

Wevers is leading a delegation of businessmen in Abidjan to "maintain the cocoa chain and invest in the development project of the port".

Trade in mostly cocoa between the two ports reached some 260,000 tonnes in 2009.

Cocoa and coffee represent 40 percent of export receipts in the Ivory Coast and some 20 percent of its gross domestic product.

© 2010 AFP

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  • Leo Salazar posted:

    on 5th October 2010, 12:05:00 - Reply

    Yet just 2 days ago, Ivory Coast opened a new cocoa processing factory in San Pedro which will allow them to surpass Amsterdam's 430,000 tons, currently the largest in the world. http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9IJHU4G0.htm

    So what is this news story about, an empty gesture to put a smiling face on the soon-to-be-obsolete cooperation? Significant that nobody from the IC side is quoted in this story; only the Dutch side.