Q1 : Can you remind us the circumstances of CCIC establishment ?
The government thought it wise to bring together the actors together, so that they could work on issues with common objectives and interest, and for each actor to play correctly his own role definitely. The decision was taken and it was decided to create CCIC because the actors of cocoa and coffee sectors were scattered, not disciplined, had no principles, no laws, no friendly among themselves as partners in the business, …
Q2: What are the difficulties faced during its establishment?
the exporters, millers, roasters and the producers themselves were working separately: there was anarchy. So to bring them together was so difficult, because of the selfishness of some of the people. We had to do a lot of campaign at all levels, a lot of sensitization, in all the regions. I can remember that we went to producers in their farms, in the subdivision even with door to door method to make them to be affiliated to CCIC by creating the producers’ college. The message was to tell them that by coming together, they will have a good relationship with the Government. It will support them in all ways, easily give them the material, financial or any other form of assistance when they are in need in the case there are working together in CCIC.
Q3: in the beginning of CCIC how was is organisation ?
Right at the beginning, we have the General assembly, which the apex, the highest, the final decision making body, the Executive Council. But it is just recently that we put in place other committees. Like permanent committee for instance to ease managing functioning.
Q4: How do you foresee the next 25 years of CCIC?
If things do not change, CCIC will have so many improvements. Because CCIC have been able to a lot of sensitization, capacity building. The improvements that we expect are the areas of our product quality, more women and youth in the sector