Ethiopia hosted the ICO’s 4th World Coffee Conference (March 6-8, 2016) and 116th International Coffee Council (March 9-11, 2016), a world-class industry-wide event.


WCC 2016 March 6-11, 2016, United Nations Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Letter from the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Teferra Derebew, Minister of Agriculture and Natural ResourcesThe Government of Ethiopia will host the International Coffee Organization’s (ICO) 4th World Coffee Conference and 116th International Council meeting on March 6-11, 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This conference is the first of its kind on the African continent, the center of origin and diversity for all the coffee species known to date. Thus we are proud to be the first African nation to host this key event under the theme ‘Nurturing Coffee Culture & Diversity’.

On behalf of the Government of Ethiopia, I am very pleased to invite you to such a special event taking place at the United Nations Conference Center. More than 1000 participants including Heads of State, high level delegates and academia from 77 ICO member countries and others across the globe will be attending this conference.

As a source of livelihood for millions of coffee growers, processors and traders in the world, our continent and my country Ethiopia, economic and social significance of coffee is immense. The Government and the coffee growers of Ethiopia have long been exerting concerted efforts to improving productivity and quality of coffee. Along with this, due attention is being given to preserving its unique and diverse flavor that receives much appreciation from the consumers all over the world. We have highest regard and great respect for our development partners and the coffee consumers in extending their crucial support to enabling us deliver our strategies and achieve our objectives without compromising economical, social and environmental sustainability of the coffee sector.

The objective of this conference is therefore to bring together all stakeholders in the sector to review key production and marketing issues and forward solutions that would shape the future of the coffee industry in such away it benefits producers and the consumers fairly. In view of this, high-level speakers, topical discussions, and an exhibition of products and services are included in the range of the events’ programming.

On behalf of my ministry, I look forward to welcoming you to this premier event and would like to express my sincere hope to seeing you very soon in Addis Ababa, the Capital City of Ethiopia and Africa.

Ministry of Agriculture and Natural ResourcesTeferra Derebew
Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources