THE Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) belongs to the farmers and the board has a responsibility to serve them, says a new chairman for CIC Board of Directors Joseph Kom.
“I want to remind us that CIC belongs to the farmers. We would not be here if it was not for them,” he said.
“We therefore have a responsibility to our farmers and the people of Papua New Guinea.”
Mr Kom, who represents Simbu Smallholders Coffee Growers Association, is also the chairman of SHCGA.
He was elected to the chair by 7-2 votes at a board meeting held at the CIC AL Hurrell boardroom in Goroka on Dec 16.
The Deputy chairman is Ellyson Keitaono who represents PNG Blockholders.
Mr Kom acknowledged the challenges in the industry. He urged the CIC board and management and all stakeholders in the industry to work together to improve the industry.
“The coffee environment is not the same as it was 20 years ago. This is our challenge,” he said.
“But CIC has a regulating agency has improved it its mandated function. We must appreciate that as well.
“I also acknowledge that many things that have happened. We have to leave those behind us and move forward.
“The formation of a board and election of office bearers is a new chapter for CIC.”
The incoming chair also thanked nine of the 12-member Board of Directors present in the meeting for the trust and confidence they bestowed on him to lead as chairman.
“This board is balanced with experience and young members.
“I’m confident with the board members to provide guidance and direction for the management of CIC to effectively service our farmers and all stakeholders in the value chain.”
Mr Kom also challenged the CIC Management to provide reliable and up-to-date advice for the board to make decisions that are relevant to the changing coffee industry.
The CIC CEO Charles Dambui welcomed the appointment of Mr Kom and said the management is prepared to work with the board to strengthen and grow the 3 billion kina coffee industry.
“The industry is progressing well so far, we just have to make it more relevant.”