BY YESMAN ANTOH-
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS, Accra, Ghana- THE MANAGEMENT of Ghana Cocoa Board and its subsidiary the Cocoa Marketing Company (CMC) Limited wish to clarify that, it has not failed to secure a buyer for its 2020/21 cocoa beans as has been widely publicized in the international media and replicated in the national media.
In a letter signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Joseph Boahen Aiddo said Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire last week lifted the suspension of the sale of 2020/21 cocoa beans after officially announcing the new trading mechanism for the sale of cocoa.
Aiddo said in line with trading practice, CMC on June 19, 2019, decided to do a market sounding after the introduction of a Living Income Differential (LID) and weigh the market reaction and its dynamics.
“We will like to correct the misrepresentation of the LID to mean a surcharge. The LID is part of the price component of the trading mechanism and not a surcharge as was reported by the Bloomberg,” he stated.
The Management of Ghana Cocoa Board and its subsidiary Cocoa Marketing Company CMC Limited have observed with worry the inaccurate interpretation and publication by Bloomberg and other media house on the sale of Ghana’s beans.
The CEO call on all to disregard the news about Ghana’s beans not finding a buyer which seems to fall in line with a certain negative narrative of a challenge in the implementation of well-understood trading mechanism.
“We wish to assure Ghanaian farmers and all stakeholders that, the new mechanism has been understood to be the official trading system, and we shall sell at a price for the benefit of our farmers and the sustainability of the cocoa industry,” Aiddo stated.
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