Regional Coffee Advocacy 10-12 December in Arusha Tanzania
Representatives of coffee sector associations from the five countries participating in MARKUP participated in a Regional Coffee Advocacy Meeting in Arusha on 10th December,
among them InterCafé (Burundi), Kenya Coffee Traders Association (KCTA), Coffee Exporters & Processors Association of Rwanda (CEPAR), Tanzania Coffee Association (TCA) and Uganda Coffee Federation (UCF). The meeting marked the peak of the efforts to improve regional trade for coffee in the East African Community (EAC) through the advocacy for the removal of sectoral trade barriers after one year of activities.
The individual national associations/federations on coffee have collaborated with ITC and the East African Business Council (EABC). This partnership aims at increasing regional and international trade.
Being the first regional event of the advocacy component, this meeting represented a key opportunity to exchange experiences and bring the conversation to the regional level.