Alliance of Cocoa
National Assembly Complex
Tafawa Balewa Square
P.O. Box 1718
The Alliance of Cocoa Producing Countries (COPAL)
is an intergovernmental organization instituted in January 1962 by representatives of the governments of five cocoa producing countries in the city of Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
The founding members are Ghana, Nigeria,
Brazil, Ivory Coast, and Cameroon. COPAL is guided by the Abidjan Charter. The headquarters is located in Lagos, Nigeria.
Current Member Countries:
There are currently ten (10) member countries, namely, Brazil, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Ghana, Malaysia, Nigeria,
Sao Tome and Principe and Togo. The member countries of the Alliance account for approximately 75% of total world cocoa production.
Membership of COPAL Any cocoa producing country shall be entitled to become a member of the Alliance provided that it accepts the Abidjan Charter.
COPAL includes three major bodies:
- Council of Ministers
The Council of Minnisters is the supreme Authority and consists of all the members of the Alliance. It has a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman. These offices rotate annually among the members of the Alliance.
- General Assembly
The General Assembly consists of all the members of the Alliance. There is a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, and an Internal Auditor. The General Assembly is responsible to and works under the general direction of the Council of Ministers. It ensures the proper and efficient running of the affairs of the Alliance.
The Secretary-General of the Alliance is the organization's Chief
Executive, and directs the affairs of the Secretariat; a Deputy Secretary-General and such staff as may be required for the efficient operation of the Alliance and its component bodies.
The Secretariat is responsible for the implementation of the decisions of the Council and of the General Assembly and for the proper and
efficient running of the affairs of the Alliance.
It services and assists the Council of Ministers, the General Assembly and the Committees of the Alliance in the performance of their functions and, in that regard, undertake such work and studies relating to the objectives of the Alliance as may be assigned to it by these bodies.
These bodies are assisted by four committees:
The Promotion Committee is created as a statutory Committee of the Alliance of Cocoa Producing Countries. This Committee is charged with, inter alia:
- Initiating, monitoring and reviewing a Promotion Programme
- Assisting National Promotion Committees of Member States
- Conducting campaigns, subject to the approval of any Member whose territory is involved
- Recommending to the General Assembly, where appropriate the means of funding projects under the Promotion Programme
- Reviewing information on matters affecting consumption of cocoa.
Membership of the Committee is open to all members of the Alliance. Non-members of the Alliance including the private sector, willing to participate in the promotion programme may however be admitted as observers/associate members.
- Scientific Research
The Scientific Research Committee is created as a statutory Committee of the Alliance of Cocoa Producing Countries. This Committee is charged with, inter alia,
- Examining scientific matters as they relate to production, disease and pest management/control, storage, quality, alternative uses of cocoa/by-products as well as substitutes etc. and to make appropriate recommendations to the General Assembly;
- Assisting the Secretariat in the creation of an exhaustive database of all relevant statistics for cocoa including available expertise within the CPA in all disciples including Farming, Cooperatives, Marketing, Transportation and Processing etc;
- Assisting Member-States in the formulation of projects and any other form of technical assistance they may require;
- Assisting on the creation of Research Zones and research priorities to avoid research duplication and to take advantage of comparative and regional ecologies; to create a model of partnership for research to include: research institutes/financial institutions/end users/information vectors;
- Assisting the Secretariat in the Organization of International Cocoa Conferences; particularly: the choice of themes, budgets, dates and venue including the selection and classification of the papers for the conferences;
- Facilitating the exchange of information between the Alliance and the scientific world.
The Committee is composed of Researchers from all the Member-States of the Alliance whose activities cover the different disciples of Cocoa Research. The Alliance, upon proposition by Secretariat, designates seven (7) permanent Researchers of international reputation as Permanent Members of the Committee.
The Economic Committee is created as a statutory Committee of the Alliance of Cocoa Producing Countries. This Committee is charged with, inter alia:
- Coordinating market supply strategies of production;
- Coordinate the policies and programs of production management;
- Determine and recommend actions and measures that could contribute to the establishment of the market equilibrium sort for;
- Assisting in the collection of appropriate statistics;
- Facilitating the exchange of information between members of the Alliance;
- To assist, where necessary, member-States.
All members of the Alliance participate in the Economic Committee with designates from the public and private sectors.
- Administrative and Finances Committee
The Administrative and Finance Committee is created as a statutory Committee of the Alliance of Cocoa Producing Countries. This Committee is charged with, inter alia:
- Assuring the proper application of the Administrative Rules of the Alliance in their entirety and, in particular, questions relating to Human
Resources, Headquarters, and meeting of the Alliance;
- Examining the management and financial resources of the Organisation, in particular to analyse the financial situation, examine the balance sheet and accounts of the Alliance, the report of the Auditors, the draft Budget and make recommendations to the General Assembly;
- Assisting the Secretariat in the management of the assets of the Organisation;
- Assisting the Secretariat in the realisation of publications.
It is composed of all members of the Alliance.
COPAL's objectives are to:
- Exchange technical and scientific information
- Discuss problems of mutual interest and to advance social and economic relations between producers
- Ensure adequate supplies to the market at remunerative
- Promote the expansion of consumption
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