International Coffee Organization
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ICO exporting members
ICO importing members
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The International Coffee Organization (ICO) was set up in 1963 in London, under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) because of the great economic importance of coffee. It administers the International Coffee Agreement (ICA), an important instrument for development cooperation.
It was a result of the five-year International Coffee Agreement signed in 1962 at the UN in New York City and renegotiated in 1968, 1976, 1983, 1994 and 2007 at the ICO in London. As at 17 March 2017 its membership comprises 43 producing members and 7 importing members.
The International Coffee Council is the highest authority of the Organization and is composed of representatives of each Member Government. It meets in March and September to discuss coffee matters, approve strategic documents and consider the recommendations of advisory bodies and committees.
The ICO's headquarters is located at 222 Gray's Inn Road in London and its current Executive Director is the Brazilian José Sette.