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Michel Arrion reappointed as ICCO Executive Director

By Anthony Myers

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Michel Arrion. Pic: ICCO
Michel Arrion. Pic: ICCO

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The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has announced the reappointment of Michel Arrion as Executive Director for a period of 5 years until 30 September 2028.

Confirmation of Arrion’s reappointment was adopted during a recent 107th regular session of the ICCO, which was held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Arrion has served as Executive Director of the ICCO since 2019 and has been instrumental in advancing the organization’s mission to promote a sustainable world cocoa economy.

Under his leadership, the ICCO has made significant progress in promoting transparency and cooperation within the cocoa sector and has overseen a number of significant initiatives.

They include the establishment of a five-year strategic plan putting the farmers’ income at the core of the objectives of the organization, the improvement of the ICCO statistical information, and the strengthening of relationships with key stakeholders in the cocoa sector.

"The cocoa value chain is facing a number of complex challenges, from economic and social inequality to climate change​,” Arrion said. "I am committed to working with our members and partners to develop innovative solutions that promote a sustainable and equitable cocoa economy."

The ICCO also confirmed that its next 108th​ regular session of ICC will be held from 2 to 6 October 2023 in Abidjan and will start with the celebration of the 50th​ anniversary of the ICCO and the 10th​ anniversary of the Abidjan Declaration on the Global Cocoa Agenda.

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