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Volume 406: debated on Friday 23 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recommendations for action she will make at the International Coffee Organisation/World bank coffee conference on 19 May 2003 in London. [114332]

The European Commission will speak on behalf of EU member states at the International Coffee Organisation/World Bank Conference. The Conference aims to bring together producers from developing countries, Government officials, experts from international organisations, advocacy groups and industry representatives to discuss alternatives such as diversification, quality, added value and market development in order to help coffee producers increase their income and improve living standards. It is hoped that the Conference will help to develop ideas for specific programmes and activities which could make a real contribution to solving the coffee crisis.