14th African Fine Coffee Conference & Exhibition-Statement of the Secretary General of IACO

Honorable Minister, Distinguished Presenters, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, all Protocol observed, It is a great pleasure for me to join you on this occasion when the AFCA conference comes to Dar-es Salaam for the first time. I remember the debates we had in the early years of AFCA when I was part of the leadership planning to bring the conference to Tanzania. It was considered that the closer the conference was to the coffee producers, the better. We have so far been to Arusha twice, and I guess this is the closest we can get to Mbeya at the moment.