A two day international conference on coffee opened today (November 8th) in Addis Ababa. It is first time the conference has been held in Ethiopia. The Vice-President of the Ethiopian Coffee Exporters Association Board, Emebet Tafesse, and Board Member, Tadesse Meskela, said up to 250 representatives from local and international coffee organizations, including the Executive Director of the International Coffee Organization, Robério Oliveira Silva, are expected to participate.
According to the officials, the conference is aimed at boosting Ethiopia's status and promoting Ethiopian coffee in the global coffee market. They said the conference will also help to find solutions to problems relating to coffee production and supply. It will also help the country to achieve its plans to earn over US$1.1 billion by supplying 220,000 tons of coffee to the world market during the Growth and Transformation Plan.
The Ethiopian Coffee Exporters Association was established forty years ago, and it plans to organize coffee exhibitions to promote Ethiopian coffee and its products. Ethiopia is the original home of coffee, of course, and the name derives from the Kaffa region in the south-west of the country. The rich culture of coffee and the ceremonies of drinking it reflect the country's long history.