The Coffee Industry Board of Directors have been urged to rebuild the industry as it was 20 years ago.
John Kendiga, acting Deputy Secretary, Policy & Planning at the Department of Agriculture & Livestock issued this challenge during the swearing in of two Board of Directors for Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) in Goroka today, Thursday 16 December, 2016.
“We must take responsibility over the decline in the industry in terms of export volume and benefits to farmers.
“Let’s put aside our personal difference and politics and work together as a team to rebuild the industry as it was 20 years ago.
“You have the knowledge and wisdom to work together to get the government to support us by doing what we know best,” says Mr Kendiga who represented the DAL Secretary.
The swearing in ceremony saw two directors Jack Kulam (WHP SHCGA) and Peter Hawii (Southern region SHCGA) taking an oath before Eastern Highlands Senior Magistrate Gerald Vetunawa.
The ceremony was witnessed by eight other directors who were sworn in earlier on Friday 4 November 2014. Also in attendance were CIC chief executive officer Charles Dambui, General Manager Industry Operations Steven Tumae and Company Secretary/Lawyer Ms. Wilma Banake-Agusave.
So far 10 of the 12-member CIC Board have already taken an oath. Two members yet to be sworn in are Secretary or Alternate (Department of Commerce Trade & Industry) and Secretary or Alternate (Department of Treasury).
It is understood that swearing in of the remaining board directors will take precedent at the inaugural board meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Friday 16 December, 2016 in Goroka. Tomorrow’s meeting to be held at CIC’s board room will formalise the appointment of Chairman and deputy Chairman.
The CEO Mr Dambui in is address at today’s swearing in ceremony says the CIC Board and Management is only as good as what it can action for the 2.5 million plus coffee farmers and stakeholders in the industry.
“The onus is on us now to represent effectively the growers, exporters and all other stakeholders in the value chain.
“We can talk smart here but to action it outside is another thing.
“We have a challenge to bring back the glory days. You (CIC Board) will provide guidance to the management.
“The government trusted us in our appointment and is watching for us to move forward. I believe we’re action directors.”
Going forward, Mr Dambui said the Management of CIC is prepared to work together with the Board to strengthen and grow the 3 billion Kina coffee industry.
“The industry is progressing well so far, we just have to make it more relevant.”
John Kendiga, acting Deputy Secretary, Policy & Planning at the Department of Agriculture & Livestock.
Charles Dambui, Chief Executive Officer of CIC.
Peter Hawii (right) representing Southern region smallholders coffee taking an oath before Eastern Highlands Provincial Senior Magistrate Gerald Vetunawa.
Jack Kulam (right) of WHP SHCGA taking an oath before Eastern Highlands Provincial Senior Magistrate Gerald Vetunawa. Looking on is CIC Company Secretary/Lawyer Ms. Wilma Banake-Agusave.
Approved for release:
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
“Yumi lukautim Kofi na Kofi bai lukautim Yumi”