On June 22, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor hosted the Child Labor in Cocoa Coordinating Group (CLCCG) Principals Meeting to discuss progress and challenges under the Harkin-Engel Protocol’s Framework of Action. WCF Acting President, Tim McCoy, provided remarks at the event.
“Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to make remarks at the beginning of what promises to be two days of rich and forward-looking discussions as we gather once again for the CLCCG Principals Meeting and Stakeholders Dialogue. Almost one year ago, we met in Washington to review the progress and challenges of the past five years under the Harkin-Engel Protocol’s Framework of Action. I believe that I speak on behalf of everyone here in saying that we remain especially grateful for the commitment to addressing the worst forms of child labor in cocoa communities that was demonstrated by the Ivorian delegation, through the personal participation in last year’s meetings by First Lady Dominique Ouattara and a strong delegation of Ivorian government officials. I am pleased to see that, this year, both the Ivorian and Ghanaian governments are represented by delegations led by two especially dedicated and talented government ministers. Thank you both for joining us for these important discussions.”