Lae coffee complex set to go

THE new coffee office complex currently being built in Lae, Morobe Province, is expected to be completed next month.
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An artist's impression of Lae's new coffee office

Staff Reporter

This was announced during a meeting between the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) and representatives from the departments of National Planning and Monitoring and Treasury last Monday, the Post-Courier newspaper reported.
CIC chief operations officer Steven Tumae and team met with the government department delegation last week in Lae to update them on the progress of construction and also to visit the construction site to see how the actual work was progressing.
Tumae said preliminary work on submissions and securing funding on the new office complex started in 2014. However, actual approval by the Governor-General to have the advert out for bidding was done in 2018.
The contract awarded to Haom Builders in 2020 was funded by the National Government at a cost of K10.6 million.
He said the office played a very important role in ensuring coffee beans are graded according to their qualities and certified before exporting.
"The new export office is a three-storey building with coffee laboratory, export office, quality control and compliance office, conference and meeting facility, library. and other office spaces for our partners," Tumae said.
"Quality is the mainstay of the industry. We are giving the contractor another month to complete the building, although a lot of issues have been slowing down the work.
"We anticipate commissioning the new building inSeptember."
CIC acting manager for regulations and compliance program, Johnem Pusa, said his program is responsible for certification of coffee, licencing and inspection, quality control and exports.
"Quality control is the platform where farmers' coffee and importers' money exchange. That's why we have our team here that checks all coffee going out against the revised green bean standards," he said.
"When this is not met, the coffee is either rejected or downgraded.
"Exporters must meet the price. From our end, we have to make sure that price posted by New York coffee market must be translated to farmers.
"We enforce all the policy guidelines and ensure they are met."
Treasury official Napa Hurim said the same solutions could not be applied to every problem in the coffee industry.
"We have to look at more efficient methods for rehabilitation, do it in a more coordinated and efficient way," he said.




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