New Delhi, June 26 : The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for the signing and ratification of the International Coffee Agreement, 2007 by Government of India and empowered India's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom to sign the Instrument in this regard and deposit the same with the depositary - International Coffee Organisation, London - on behalf of the Government of India.
India's acceptance to the International Coffee Agreement, 2007 would be essential to maintain the International Coffee Organisation as a forum for international cooperation on coffee matters. Further, as India has a significant interest in the export of coffee it would be immensely benefitted from the membership of the International Coffee Agreement.
The cabinet said India is one of the founding Members of the International Coffee Organization and our involvement and contribution to the growth and stature of the organization has been well appreciated and recognized over the year.
The Government had been approving India's continued membership in the International Coffee Agreement (ICA) from time to time.
India's accession to the last International Coffee Agreement, 2001 which has been extended until September 30, 2008.