PH ap­plies mem­ber­ship at int’l ca­cao org

Sun.Star Davao - - BUSINESS - By Bomie Lane S. Castillo

THE coun­try will soon be part of the largest global or­ga­ni­za­tion for co­coa pro­duc­ing and co­sum­ing mem­ber coun­tries next year af­ter re­ceiv­ing num­bers of in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion for hav­ing qual­ity ca­cao beans, an of­fi­cial said.

In an in­ter­view with De­part­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI)- Davao As­sis­tant Re­gional Di­rec­tor Ed­win Ban­querigo, he said the ap­pli­ca­tion of the coun­try to be­come a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Co­coa Or­ga­ni­za­tion (Icco) will help the coun­try’s ca­cao in­dus­try to re­ceive global mar­ket ac­cep­tance and ac­quire mod­ern tech­nol­ogy and pro­grams for ca­cao de­vel­op­ment from other mem­ber coun­tries.

Ban­querigo added that this will also pro­vide the coun­try the fi­nal pre­mium pric­ing of ex­ported ca­cao that is glob­ally-com­pe­tent and will help ex­pand the in­dus­try’s net­work.

Ca­cao In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Min­danao, Inc (Ci­dami) Pres­i­dent Val Tur­tur, in a sep­a­rate in­ter­view, said the coun­try’s ap­pli­ca­tion has to be made by the na­tional gov­ern­ment as it is a state-based mem­ber­ship.

“That is why we had to part­ner with DTI to lobby our ap­pli­ca­tion as it is the only agency that re­sponded among all the other agen­cies we reached out,” Tur­tor said

Ban­querigo said Ci­dami, to­gether with other ca­cao or­ga­ni­za­tions, will be fi­nal­iz­ing the needed de­tails be­fore the end of this year.

DTI, he said, tar­gets to sub­mit the mem­ber­ship ap­pli­ca­tion in Jan­uary of next year.

“Our ap­pli­ca­tion is timely as well as the coun­try will be re­ceiv­ing an ac­cred­i­ta­tion that our choco­lates are con­sid­ered as an in­ter­na­tion­ally fine fla­vor this month dur­ing a choco­late fes­ti­val in Paris, France through Ci­dami Presidet Val Tur­tur,” he said.

On the other hand, Tur­tur said he will try to talk with other Icco of­fi­cial that will be present dur­ing the choco­late fes­ti­val on how to ex­pe­dite the coun­try’s mem­ber­ship ap­pli­ca­tion.

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