The Information minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has welcomed news from the European Union (EU) that there is no ban on cocoa from Ghana.
He described the report as “good news.”
“The process of improving the quality of Ghanaian cocoa should be a mutually agreed path that aligns our common interests. Good news,” the Ofoase Ayirebi MP tweeted on Tuesday after the EU ambassador to Ghana, Irchad Razaaly said the bloc is not banning Ghana’s cocoa.
Razaaly said the EU rather wants more of Ghana’s cocoa.
Speaking at the second edition of Orange Cocoa Day 2022 in Accra, Razaaly said: “The call for more sustainable cocoa production is growing globally. And our citizens in Europe are increasingly demanding measures for ensuring that cocoa and other commodities are produced in a socially environmental sustainable way. This explains EU’s legislation on afforestation and forest degradation and must not be seen as a threat to Ghana’s cocoa.”
“There is no ban on Ghana’s cocoa. On the contrary, we want more of Ghana’s cocoa, and we are in support of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire amongst all of the producers who meet these requirements,” he added.
Earlier, Nkrumah has revealed that the Ghana Embassy in Belgium under the leadership of ambassador Sena Boateng, has brought to the attention of the government of Ghana that in Europe, there is a new legislation that could soon make Ghanaian cocoa and coffee unexportable to many international markets.
Nkrumah further said that the embassy has also commenced work on realigning Ghanaian and European interests in cocoa and coffee.