IACO officials said that African producers were very united in making good progress towards the re-introduction of export quotas, but expressed doubt over whether other countries would be willing to make concessions, especially those that supported the Colombian plan, whereby coffee that was surplus to import requirements would be withheld by producing countries in order to balance supply and demand, leading to a stabilization of prices.
The IACO plans to launch a campaign to promote consumption of coffee in member countries and also help boost the image of the continent's product.
IACO, which is based in Abijan, Cote d'Ivoire, held a meeting there in May discuss the need to re-introduce export quotas, but at the same time it wanted to compare Africa's strategy with that of other coffee producer groups.
At a press conference after the meeting, Elijah Mwangle, the Kenyan chairman of the IACO, said that although there was failure to reach agreement on a conference to renegotiate export quotas, the fact that all major coffee market players came to Nairobi showed the urgency and solidarity producers had in this summer.
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