Last Update: February 22, 2017
ASIAN AND PACIFIC COCONUT COMMUNITY
The Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) is an intergovernmental organization of coconut producing countries organized in 1969 under the aegis of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP). The APCC Secretariat is located in Jakarta, Indonesia and is headed by an executive director.
The APCC has 18 coconut producing member countries accounting for over 90 percent of world coconut production and exports of coconut products. The APCC member countries include: Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Vanuatu, and Vietnam. Jamaica and Kenya are associate member countries of the APCC.
Membership to the Community is open to all coconut producing countries, with the unanimous consent of the existing members and by acceding to the agreement establishing the Coconut Community.
The representatives of member countries hold the office of the chairman. Each chairman holds the office for one year.
The Community carries out its functions through its Secretariat based in Jakarta, Indonesia. The APCC secretariat is regulated by the government of Indonesia and is headed by the executive director appointed for a stipulated period at the session of the Community.
NATIONAL LIAISON OFFICERS
For executing its functions the APCC Secretariat coordinates with member countries through a network of national liaison officers. Their responsibilities include the development of the coconut industry and national focal points that deal with coconut in their respective countries.
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNITED NATIONS AGENCIES
The Asian and Pacific Coconut Community maintains close contacts with the United Nations Organization and its special agencies. For carrying out its functions smoothly and effectively, the Community consults and seeks assistance from these experts.