The Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC)




The Coffee Industry Corporation Limited (CICL) is a government agency in Papua New Guinea that is responsible for the development and promotion of the coffee industry in the country. The CICL works to improve the productivity and sustainability of the coffee sector, as well as to increase the income of coffee farmers. Some of the specific roles and responsibilities of the CICL include:

  1. Providing extension services and technical assistance to coffee farmers
  2. Promoting good agricultural practices and sustainable farming methods
  3. Supporting the development of processing and milling facilities
  4. Providing training and capacity building for coffee farmers and industry stakeholders
  5. Developing and implementing policies and programs to support the coffee sector
  6. Promoting the export of Papua New Guinea coffee
  7. Conducting research and development to improve coffee production and quality



Coffee Industry Corporation Limited (CICL), is a national institution with the regulatory mandate to oversee the coffee industry. The industry creates employment for 524,000 households which is equivalent to 2.5 million rural populace and generates export revenue of 600 to 700 million PGK annually.

The brief basically defines the CICL and its roles in the coffee industry, and provides a background information on coffee.


2.1 Legislative Framework

CICL was established under the Parliament Act in 1991.  The roles and responsibility stipulated in the CIC Act 1991 defined CIC as the Regulator of coffee industry in PNG.

2.2 CIC Board

It has an able Board that provides the governance role.  CIC Board is made up of 12 members comprising of • 6 smallholder association representatives; • 3 government representatives (DAL, Treasury, and Commerce & Trade) • 1 Exporters Council representative; • 1 Plantations & Processors Association representative; and • 1 Block-holders Associations

2.3 Functional Structure & Management

CIC head office is located in Goroka, EHP.  The current management comprises of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who is the policy head of organization and an interface between the industry and the government.  The Chief Operations Officer (COO) reports to the CEO, and he is the operational head of CICL.  There are six Program Managers reporting to the COO.  The six programs are; 1. Industry Regulatory and Compliance 2. Small and Medium Enterprise and Development 3. Research and Innovation 4. Marketing & Partnership 5. ICT 6. Corporate Services.

2.4 CIC Presence in PNG

CIC head office is located in Goroka.  It has three research stations that are located at Aiyura in EHP, Panga substation in Jiwaka province, and Omuru research station in Madang province.  CIC Provincial Office is located in the 17 provinces of the country with five Regional Office. The coffee export office is located in Lae, Morobe Province.

2.5 Staff Strength

The staff ceiling of CICL as per the organizational structure is 205, that includes both technical and support staff.    The ratio of extension officer to farmer in a province is about 1:20,000 which remains a challenge for CICL and the coffee industry.


3.1 Contribution to national economy

Coffee is the oldest commodity in the world and the second-most traded commodity after crude oil.  PNG contributes 1% to the world’s coffee production, and is a price taker.  At the national economy, coffee industry creates employment for 524 households which is equivalent to 2.5 million people.  Coffee accounts for 27% of the total agricultural exports and 6% of GDP translating to K450 million annually.

3.2 Coffee Sectors

Coffee production in PNG is categorized into 3 sectors namely; smallholders, blocks, and plantation.  As shown in Figure 1, the contribution of smallholders, block holders, and plantations are 87%, 8% and 5% respectively.





  1.       Policies/Regulations:  Coffee Industry Corporation Act 1991
  2.       National Coffee Development Roadmap 2020-2030: National Coffee Development Roadmap 2020-2030
  3.       CIC Strategic Business Plan 2020-2024: CIC Strategic Business Plan 2020-2024
  4.       Green Coffee Sample Guide: Green Coffee Sample Guide
  5.       Coffee Industry Brochure (Aug22): 210803 PNG Coffee Industry A3 Brochure
  6.       The Coffee Exporters Guide 2012: The Coffee Exporters Guide 2012
  7.       New Membership Application Form: New Membership Application Form


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      Telephone No:         (675) 532 2466 / (675) 531 1206

      Link to other Online Properties:

  1. Corporate Website
  2. Coffee Export Management & Facilitation System – (used only by registered licensed coffee operators)
  3. Helpdesk Support:
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