Mr. Robério Oliveira Silva took up his post as the Executive Director of the International Coffee Organization on 1 November 2011.
After graduating in economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, Robério immersed himself in the field of commodities, particularly coffee. He has 25 years of experience in both the public and the private sectors, including his tenure as Director of the Coffee Department in the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply; Commodities Secretary in the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade; Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Chamber of Foreign Trade (CAMEX); Secretary‑General of the Association of Coffee Producing Countries; and Secretary‑General of the Brazilian Federation of Coffee Exporters.
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The International Coffee Organization (ICO) is the main intergovernmental organization for coffee, bringing together exporting and importing Governments to tackle the challenges facing the world coffee sector through international cooperation. Its Member Governments represent 95% of world coffee production and 83% of world consumption.
The ICO’s mission is to strengthen the global coffee sector and promote its sustainable expansion in a market-based environment for the betterment of all participants in the coffee sector.
It makes a practical contribution to the development of a sustainable world coffee sector and to reducing poverty in developing countries by:
The ICO was set up in London in 1963 under the auspices of the United Nations because of the great economic importance of coffee. It administers the International Coffee Agreement (ICA), an important instrument for development cooperation. The latest Agreement, the ICA 2007, entered into force on 2 February 2011.