Chair of the International Coffee Council for 2021/22 announced

The 130th Session of the International Coffee Council confirmed that Iván Romero-Martínez Ambassador of Honduras will be Chair of the International Coffee Council for the 2021/22 coffee year, which commenced on 1 October 2021.

Romero Martínez is the current ambassador of Honduras, the United Kingdom, and North Ireland, and represents Honduras at the International Coffee Organization (ICO).

In his acceptance of this position, Romero Martínez reiterated his commitment to work for the benefit of the ICO’s exporting and importing members, as well as producers and consumers.

José Sette, ICO’s Executive Director congratulated Romero Martínez on his election, highlighting his diplomatic experience and knowledge. Sette says Romero Martínez will be a great asset, guiding the council in the modernisation of the International Coffee Agreement and mobilising countries and resources to benefit the whole coffee sector.

Romero Martínez has been a diplomat since 1971, serving as Ambassador of Honduras to several countries, including Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Finland, Haiti, Ireland, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Morocco, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

He has also represented his country at the rank of Ambassador to the European Commission in Belgium, and to the United Nations in New York and Geneva.

Romero Martínez has also held the position of Special Advisor to the President of Honduras, with the rank of Secretary of State and Deputy Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States. He has also worked at the embassy of Honduras in Canada and the US.

He graduated from the National University of Honduras with a degree in Law and Social Sciences, progressing to complete a PhD in International Relations from the Catholic University of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

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