ABIDJAN, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- The chairman of the organizing committee for the ongoing global conference on cocoa, Apportune Kouacou, on Monday expressed Cote d'Ivoire's desire to reaffirm its position as the world's biggest cocoa producer.
Kouacou who was addressing a press conference in Abidjan said that the country intended to reinforce the cocoa production in order to boost its economy.
He said that the holding of the world conference was important for Cote d'Ivoire, where cocoa and coffee sector represents 15 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 38 percent of its export revenues.
Kouacou said that the meeting will mainly discuss the policies that need to be put in place in cocoa producing countries to respond to the demand.
Over 1,000 participants, especially representatives from cocoa producing and consuming countries, senior officials of the cocoa and chocolate manufacturing companies, researchers and cocoa farmers' associations are taking part in the world cocoa conference that is taking place in Abidjan.
The four-day conference is expected to adopt a "global agenda" that will ensure sustainable cocoa production.
For several decades, Cote d'Ivoire has held the first position as the world's biggest cocoa producer with over 36 percent of all produced cocoa in the world.