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The functions of the CIB

Published:Monday | September 29, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaican coffee industry is regulated by the Government of Jamaica through the Coffee Industry Board (CIB), which was established under the Coffee Industry Regulations Act in 1948.

The agency was created to rehabilitate and expand the coffee industry and protect the quality of Jamaican coffee after the unprecedented decline of its reputation internationally. The mission of the CIB is to encourage the development of the Jamaican coffee industry, promote the welfare of persons engaged in the industry and protect the quality and integrity of Jamaican coffee.

The CIB owns the registered trademarks - Jamaica Blue Mountain and Jamaica High Mountain Supreme - and is responsible for the integrity of these brands. The board members are appointed by the minister of agriculture in accordance with Section 14 of the Coffee Industry Regulation Act and consists of a maximum of nine members - (three growers' representatives and six nominated members).

The director general is responsible for the day-to-day management of the CIB and reports to the board. The CIB carries out its mandate through its core processes of certification, licensing and advisory services. The core process areas are managed by a quality assurance manager for certification, a legal officer/board secretary for licensing, and an advisory services manager for advisory services, respectively. The CIB has a staff complement of 42