A five-member Board of Directors for the Quality Control Company (QCC) Limited, a subsidiary of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD),  has been inaugurated by the Deputy Minister of Finance, Cassiel Ato Forson, a statement on the Finance Ministry’s website has said.

In a speech read on behalf of the Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper, Mr Forson challenged the new Board to come out with pragmatic policies for the management of QCC to enable the company ensure the quality of Ghana’s cocoa beans is always the premium choice of buyers.

He said Ghana’s cocoa beans have become the benchmark against which cocoa beans from other sources are assessed, adding that “It is Government’s expectation that the Board of Directors will provide the right policy direction to help the Management of QCC to improve upon the quality of beans Ghana sells to her clients”.

In his remarks, Dr Opuni assured government of the Board’s commitment to ensure that Ghana’s cocoa beans remained the premium choice on the international market.

He said the management of QCC has initiated a road map towards the attainment of a superintendent status, thus the Board will provide them with the necessary support as this status will enable them diversify and globalise their operations.

“These initiatives are so crucial in the cocoa value chain and also in line with COCOBOD’s mission of producing, marketing and processing premium quality cocoa beans”, he added.

The Quality Control Company Limited was established to inspect, grade and seal cocoa, coffee and Shea nut prior to sales to the local and international markets. It is also responsible for the fumigation and

Other members of the Board are; Dr Francis Kofi Oppong, Deputy Chief Executive (A&QC) COCOBOD; Mr Thomas Kwame Osei, MD QCC; Mr Eric Karikari-Boateng, Laboratory Scientist, Food and Drugs Regulating Authority; and Mr Yaw Kyei, representative of Licensed Buying Companies.