ICAO General Assembly and Field Trip with NACF, Korea
ICA-AP Joint Seminar
EXCOM Meeting and Field Trip with NAC Norway
15-17 May 2019 - Oslo, Norway
ICA-Asia Pacific Regional Assembly
General Assembly of the ICA
ICAO General Assembly and Special Session
19 October - Buenos Aires, Argentinaa
WFO General Assembly
ICA-AP Joint Seminar
14-19 May 2018 - Seoul, Korea
ICAO EXCOM MEETING
EXCOM Meeting and Special Lecture with OR-KOOP Turkey
5-6 April 2018 - Ankara, Turkey
AFGC Annual Meeting
Colombo, Sri Lanka
ICA Global Conference and General Assembly
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
ICA General Assembly
15-17 November 2017 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
ICAO EXCOM Meeting, General Meeting, and Seminar
13-14 November 2017 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
EXCOM Meeting and Joint Seminar with OCB Brazil
3-5 April 2017 - Brasilia, Brazil
ICA Asia-Pacific General Assembly 17-19 November, New Delhi, India
ICAO EXCOM Meeting, General Meeting, and Seminar - "Smart Farming" 15-16 November, New Delhi, India
International Summit of Cooperatives 11-13 October 2016, Quebec, Canada
ICAO Executive Committee Meeting & General Assembly
8~9 Nov 2015, Antalya, Turkey
FAO-ICAO Joint Conference
Co-operatives : Empowering People for Sustainable Development and Zero Hunger
12~14 Jul 2015, Milan, Italy
WFO General Assembly, 24~27 Jun 2015, Milan, Italy
ICAO Executive Committee Meeting
ICAO Executive Committee Meeting, 12 May 2015, Seoul, Republic of Korea
3rd Global Soil Week, 19~23 Apr 2015, Berlin, Germany
World Water Forum, 12~17 Apr 2015, Daegu & Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea
Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, 9~11 Mar 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE
IYFF Conference by the Norway National Committee for IYFF
October 21, Oslo, Norway
International Summit of Cooperatives, October 6~9, Quebec, Canada
ICAO General Meeting
ICAO Conference on the International Year of Family Farming
Fostering Family Farming with Agricultural Co-operatives,
June 19~20, Bangkok, Thailand
ICAO Executive Meeting, June 19, Bangkok, Thailand
IV BRICS Cooperatives Meeting, May 14~17 Curitiba, Brazil
EXPOCOOP, May 15~17, Curitiba, Brazil
World Farmers Forum General Assembly
ICA General Assembly
ICAO General Meeting
23 October ICAO General Assembly Seoul, Korea
ICAO and NACF host ICAO General Assembly in Seoul
On 26 September, the International Cooperative Agricultural Organization (ICAO) and the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation (NACF) of Korea co-hosted the 2019 ICAO General Assembly at NACF headquarters in Seoul, Korea.
Established in 1951 as a sectoral organization of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), the ICAO has a membership of 38 cooperatives from 33 countries. Its secretariat has been hosted by the NACF of Korea since 1998.
Held on the theme of “Agriculture: Dreaming of a Brighter Future”, the assembly was attended by over 50 cooperators from 23 countries including Uganda, Brazil, Norway, Japan and India. Also attended were the Secretary Generals of ICA Asia-Pacific and Africa Offices to discuss current trends agriculture at both national and regional levels.
The main highlight of the event was the launch of a new ICAO vision: deliver “Happiness for Farmers, Peace for the World”. To fulfill the vision, the ICA’s sectoral organization outlined three core values: Harmony Between Humans and Nature; Happy Farmers, Happy People; and Bridge to the future, along with six specific action plans to support the values.
In his remarks, President Kim said: “The new ICAO Vision suggests what we agricultural cooperatives should do for the future of agriculture and rural communities”. “The future of agriculture we want is one where agricultural development, improvement in farmers lives and growth of rural communities occur in a synchronized way”.
The second part of the assembly consisted of an international forum for agriculture. Dr. Eui-sik Hwang, Deputy Director of Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI) gave a talk on “Sustainable Agriculture: the role of Agricultural Cooperatives”. The talk was followed by a panel discussion participated by a moderator and four cooperators, each representing their own continent. The panelists spoke about examples of local cooperatives contributing to sustainable agriculture as well as common challenges in achieving sustainability.
On Wednesday, a day before the assembly, the participants had the opportunity to visit the NACF’s major distribution centre in Anseong, south of Seoul and Yangjae Hanaro Mart ? the biggest of the Hanaro grocery stores owned by the NACF.
The next ICAO event will be a meeting of its 9-member Executive Committee held in April next year in Brazil.
26-30 November ICA-Asia Pacific Regional Assembly Tehran, Iran
13th ICA-Asia Pacific Regional Assembly
The following article was originally posted on the Official ICA Website:
The 13th ICA-AP Regional Assembly will take place between November 26-30, 2018 in the picturesque capital city of Tehran, Iran, in partnership with the Iranian cooperative movement, headed by the Iran Chamber of Co-operatives (ICC). The theme for this year’s assembly is Cooperatives help economies become more resilient and sustainable.
Cooperatives develop individual participation, can build resilience, and create social capital. The Regional Assembly encompasses the Co-operative Forum and other engaging events organized by the regional sectoral and thematic committees.
The biennial Regional Assembly, represented by all members directly, is the highest authority of the ICA-Asia and Pacific (ICA-AP). The Regional Assembly is a central policy-making and representative body that brings together all members and provides them a platform to discuss multiple issues concerning development and growth of cooperatives as well as the opportunity to network and form bilateral and multilateral alliances for mutual benefit. The ICA-AP Regional Assembly plays a vital role in strengthening the democratic governance process of cooperatives by building consensus on issues and passes the agenda after discussion and to the satisfaction of all members.
Since the year 2000, the Cooperative Forum has been held in conjunction with the regional assembly to take advantage of the presence of a large number of participants from the ICA-AP membership. The Forum brings together stakeholders to assess progress, discuss challenges and arrive at decisions to strengthen cooperative enterprises as models of sustainable development.
The objectives of this year’s Cooperative Forum is to showcase the contribution of cooperatives in helping economies become more resilient and sustainable, review progress and gaps in performance to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), discuss on creating an ‘ecosystem’ with focus on ‘cooperation among cooperatives’ in the region and build consensus for joint action, and discuss and adopt ‘innovation’ in cooperative business for stability and growth.
The Forum will take place on November 28, and will be attended by prominent personalities like Hon. Ali Larijani, Speaker of the Parliament of Iran, Eng. Hamid Kalantari, Deputy Minister of Co-operatives, and Dr. Ali Rebiei, Minister of Co-operatives, Labour and Social Welfare, Iran.
Regional Women’s Forum
The Women’ Forum is organized under the aegis of the ICA-AP Committee on Women. The Women’s Committee works to promote gender integration in cooperatives and encourages the participation of women at all levels in cooperatives, especially at the leadership and decision making levels.
The First Regional Women’s Forum was held in 1998 in Seoul, Korea and since then has been an integral part of every Regional Assembly. The theme for this year’s Women’s Forum is Strengthening Resilience by Empowering Women in Cooperatives, and will take place on November 27.
The objectives of the Forum include understanding the situation of resilience in relation to women’s cooperatives, the issues, challenges and opportunities in the region, sharing information and good practices from ICA-AP, its network of members, and international organisations on strengthening resilience, and formulating ways to assist in the strengthening of resilience of women in cooperatives. Expert speakers from cooperative movements, international agencies, and relevant government bodies are expected to speak at the Forum.
Regional Cooperative Research Conference
The ICA-AP Committee on Cooperative Research started in 2000 and has organised 12 regional research conferences and local seminars till date. The 13th ICA-AP Regional Cooperative Research Conference will be organised on the theme Cooperatives contribute to more sustainable and resilient societies on November 27. The conference comes as an opportunity for researchers, academicians, policy-makers and key stakeholders to discuss and deliberate the need to research-promote-advocate for cooperatives as important contributors to a more sustainable and resilient society.
The conference shall play a crucial role in generating and promoting greater understanding of the cooperative model, building the capacity of the cooperators, and bridging the movement with policymakers and the academic community.
With over 15 papers being presented from across the various geographies of the Asia-Pacific region, the conference will be attended by over 50 participants including key national and international delegations.
Joint Workshop on Youth & Cooperatives in Educational Institutions
The workshop will take place on November 26, and will be themed on Building Resilience & Sustainability through the 5th Cooperative Principle on Education, Training, and information, and the following three areas will be addressed Student Cooperation; Cooperatives in Curriculum; Cooperatives as Safe Spaces for youth. The workshop is expected to attract 30-40 participants from the Regional Assembly and 50 local participants.
Development Meeting & Workshop of Industrial and Service Cooperatives
The Development Meeting & Workshop of Industrial and Service Cooperatives will be themed on Emerging Trends in Work & Ownership structures in Cooperatives and will address the following three areas: Status report on the ongoing research on the subject, Cross-sectoral synergies for resilience and sustainability, and the Role of social and solidarity economies in development. The Meeting is expected to take place on November 27.
25 October General Assembly of the ICA Buenos Aires
2018 General Assembly of the ICA, Buenos Aires
This article was originally posted on the ICA Website:
The 2018 General Assembly of the ICA sees milestones for the cooperative movement
As an appetizer for the V Summit of the Cooperatives that will kick start tomorrow in Buenos Aires, more than 250 cooperators from 70 different countries worldwide participated in the 2018 ICA General Assembly yesterday. Ariel Guarco opened his first Assembly as President of the International Cooperative Alliance in his hometown with an engaged room full of cooperators.
A number of motions were approved including, the venue of the next General Assembly 2019 to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, a declaration on decent work and against harassment, the new ICA website was launched and the celebration of a 2020 World Cooperative Congress for the 125th Anniversary of the ICA.
International organisations were invited to animate a roundtable on how to partner for sustainable development. Vic Van Vuuren, Director of Enterprise Department of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Marco Marzano De Marinis, from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) discussed together with Ariel Guarco and ICA Board member, Martin Lowery, on the future of work and the importance of partnerships among other topics. “#coops need to be put in the agenda. Currently, the cooperative model is not at the UN level debate and we need the ICA for this”, said Vic van Vuuren
The promotion of youth cooperatives received a big push. The International Summit of Cooperatives President, Monique Leroux, announce through a video that the Summit is giving $250,000 over 5 years to finance #coopyouth activities. The agreement for this donation was signed by the Chair of the ICA Youth Network, Sebastien Chaillou, the Executive Director of Cooperative and Mutuals Canada, Denyse Guy and the Director General of the ICA, Bruno Roelants.
A declaration on decent work and against harassment was approved by ICA members, being one of the first international organisations to engage for zero tolerance towards any form of harassment (both sexual and moral) and any type of violence in the workplace.
New Board Members were ratified, including Mrs Graciela Fernández as Vice President for the Americas, should she be elected as President for the Americas on 25 October, and Mr Japheth Magomere Vice-President for the Africa Region. Mr Ramon Imperial was warmly honoured by the whole cooperative movement present in Buenos Aires as he is retiring after the Cooperatives of the Americas Assembly that will be held on 25 October.
8 June WFO General Assembly Rome, Italy
WFO General Assembly. Moscow 2018
WFO General Assembly. Moscow 2018: Towards a Farmers Driven Climate Change Agenda
The following article was originally posted on the WFO website dated June 8th:
Rome, Italy, June 8, 2018 – The 2018 World Farmers’ Organisation General Assembly ended on 31 May, with a renewed enthusiasm and desire of all the actors involved to work together in the search for effective solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Under the theme “Towards a Farmers Driven Climate Change Agenda”, the event featured the involvement of more than 700 participants from more than 40 countries all over the world, from New Zealand to Canada, from Argentina to Japan, from South Africa to Norway.
During the opening ceremony, Mr. Vladimir Plotnikov, president of the WFO Russian member organization, AKKOR - the Association of Peasant Farms and Agricultural Cooperatives of Russia, welcomed hundreds of farmers’ leaders from all over the world, as well as representatives of the Russian authorities, such as the new Minister for Agriculture H.E. Mr. Dmitry Pátrushev, economics and academia.
Farmers’ leaders met in Moscow to exchange their views and share their experience of climate change impacts on their farms and in their countries. In addition, representatives of multilateral organisations, research centres, private sector entities and civil society took part in the debate. These included FAO, IFAD, UNISDR, OIE, UPOV, World Bank Group, Bioversity International, IFA, Crop Life International, IFOAM, IDF and Bayer, to name but a few.
The WFO General Assembly lasted four days, from 28 to 31 May 2018, and the first was dedicated to four interactive workshops. Speakers and participants shared their opinions and experiences to improve farmers’ resilience to climate change to achieve global food security, within the framework of the 2030 Agenda. The relevant role of the agricultural sector in climate change mitigation practices was also explored.
The debate covered different topics, such as the opportunities of climate- smart approaches, the role of insurance schemes, the relationship between organic farming and climate change, and the importance of innovation. All the topics were discussed in a holistic manner, thus achieving an inspiring and constructive exchange among all the actors of the entire value chain.
The second day consisted of the Internal Affairs Session, during which the General Assembly approved the launch of the “farmers’ driven climate change agenda”.
Farmers play a leading role in providing a global sustainable future and they want to be the real leaders of the political process on the climate change in agricultural sector.
The relaunch of the bottom-up approach by the WFO member organisations was a tremendous achievement as it set the principle that will guide WFO activities over the next years.
“We want to say to the world what farmers we can do to tackle climate change and, instead of waiting for politicians to tell us what to do, we want to come up with a farmers’ driven climate change agenda”, said the president De Jager.
During the High-Level Panel Session on 30 May, the spotlight was once more on farmers that had the opportunity to tell their own stories of climate change, presenting their best practices to tackle it.
Key stakeholders illustrated what they are currently doing or plan to do to support the farmers to develop resilience to the climate change or implement effective actions to mitigate it.
The third day featured also the participation of one of the strongest voices in the global food industry, Danielle Nierenberg of Food Tank, a no-profit organisation founded in 2013 to highlight sustainable ways of alleviating hunger and poverty.
The General Assembly culminated in the farms visit around the Moscow Area, during which participants had the opportunity to share their own knowledge and experience and learning from each other.
5-7 April ICAO EXCOM MEETING Ankara, Turkey
2018 ICAO EXCOM Meeting in Ankara, Turkey
2018 ICAO Executive Committee Meeting in Ankara, Turkey
From 5-7th April, the 2018 ICAO Executive Committee Meeting was held in Ankara Turkey, hosted by OR-KOOP, inviting ICAO EXCOM members and women farmers from member countries. President Mr. KIM Byeong-Won was represented by the Vice Chairman of the NACF, Mr. HEO Sik, and eight EXCOM members were present at the meeting. Mr. Tarun Bhargava from IFFCO could not attend due to internal issues of their cooperative.
To celebrate and further promote the 2017 ICAO Declaration of Ambitions, the ICAO set two goals for this year: To promote trade based on cooperation among cooperatives, and to empower young farmers and women farmers, and these were selected as the main themes of this year's ICAO EXCOM meeting.
After having the EXCOM meeting and exchanging information about each others activities during the past six months, the ICAO hosted two special sessions dedicated to the main promotion goals, “COOP to COOP Trade” and “Time to Recognize and Empower Women Farmers.”
For the “COOP to COOP Trade” session, all attending EXCOM members presented trade opportunities among our members and other cooperatives. The Agricultural Credit Cooperative (ACC) from Turkey, also joined to give an introduction about their cooperative and brief business opportunities with the present members.
For the second session on “Time to Recognize and Empower Women Farmers”, the ICAO invited ten women farmers from eight countries, including two keynote speakers, each from Finland and Turkey, to share their experiences as women farmers in their own countries with the rest of the audience.
After the EXCOM meeting and special sessions, President Cafer Yuksel of OR-KOOP Turkey hosted a welcoming dinner for all guests.
On the second day, participants went on a field trip to local Turkish Cooperatives. The first destination was to the ACC Packaging Facility in Etimesgut where members could visit the processing and packaging site for ACC products. Next, the team moved to Beypazari and visited the office of TARIM KOOP Turkey and their member women farmers to see the Turkish agriculture in Person.
The whole schedule ended with a farewell dinner hosted by the Vice President of the NACF, Mr. HEO Sik.
20-21 March AFGC Annual Meeting Colombo, Sri Lanka
2018 AFGC Annual Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka
2018 AFGC Annual Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka
From March 20-21, the 18th AFGC Annual Meeting was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, hosted by one of its members, the Independent Farmers Network of Sri Lanka (IFNSL). A total of 20 members from 9 member cooperatives attended this meeting, of which 4 are also members of the ICAO: JA-Zenchu, NACF, CLT and VCA This year’s meeting was held under two themes, “Activities for farmers groups and agricultural cooperatives to deal with natural disaster” and “Challenges to increase farm income recognizing pros and cons of economic partnership treaties.”
From the NACF/ICAO, NACF Executive VP Mr. SON Byung-Hwan, ICAO Deputy Secretary General Mr. Kim Ki-Hoon and ICA-AP MBO staff Mr. KIM Sangmin attended the meeting.
Mr. Kim Sangmin first gave a presentation on how Korean agricultural cooperatives deal with natural disasters. He mentioned that among different types of natural disasters, typhoons affect Korea the most and the damage cost caused alone in 2016 was around 320 million dollars. To react to disasters, the NACF acts as the control tower and supports victims through providing finances, materials, labor force and more. Additionally, the NACF promotes member cooperatives to buy NH insurances that guarantee damages caused by natural disasters.
Ms. Tran Thu Hang from VCA, Vietnam also gave a presentation on the same topic and explained recent incidents of the no. 10 and no. 12 typhoon that also caused great damage to their agricultural areas. She also added that agricultural cooperatives actively participated in the recovery projects, leading the Vietnamese Government to support them through specific policies.
Mr. Phanuwat Wanraway from CLT, Thailand presented Thailand’s situation on this issue and talked about one of their worst disasters in history which was the flood in 2011. He explained that a 3-step recovery plan was set to overcome the incident: immediate rescue and relief, damage recovery, reconstruction.
After moving to the second theme ‘Challenge for increasing farmers’ income, recognizing pros and cons of economic partnership treaties’, Ms. Altantuya Tseden-Ish from NAMAC, Mongol expressed her concerns towards FTAs signed with exporting powerhouses. However, she explained the EPA signed between Mongol and Japan and that this agreement will be helpful in benefitting the export of Mongolian agricultural goods.
Mr. Hironori Hijioka of JA-Zenchu, Japan also explained about EPAs with Asian countries and the TPP. Additionally, he expressed concern about the decrease in food consumption within Japan due to their aging society and that JA-Zenchu plans to expand export of agri-goods to solve and increase farmer’s income related issues.
Lastly, Mr. Kim Ki-Hoon of the ICAO gave a brief introduction of the organization and the activities it is launching to increase farmers income and support co-ops worldwide. Some on the activities mentioned include ICAO meetings, Women Farmers’ Forum, Africa Project, Joint Workshops and Scholarships to international students to study in Korea.
Before ending the meeting, new membership of NAMAC, Mongol was approved leading to a total of 10 members, and the entire meeting ended after deciding the next meeting to be hosted by VCA in Da Nang, Vietnam.
14-17 November ICA Global Conference and General Assembly Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1) Preview: Global Conference and General Assembly
Preview: Global Conference and General Assembly in Malaysia
As the International Co-operative Alliance prepares to gather in Kuala Lumpur, we look at what to expect at the event
The following article was issued by Anca Voinea for Co-operative News:
In November the global co-op movement will meet in Malaysia for the International Co-operative Alliance Global Conference and General Assembly. The biennial event will bring together delegates from around the world to explore how co-operatives are putting people at the centre of development.
Malaysia is home to 12,000 co-operatives with over seven million members and a turnover of RM 34,950.98m (USD $8,126.29m). Their apex body, ANKGASA, was founded in 1966 to unify Malaysian co-ops and represent them at national and international level.
The event’s programme promises a diverse schedule structured around four themes: learn, experiment, network and explore.
The conference opens on Wednesday, 15 November, with a keynote speech by Dr Linda Yueh, who will provide a global outlook on economic, environmental and social challenges and the possible contributions of co-operatives in addressing them. Dr Yueh is a member of the World Economic Forum, a fellow in economics at Oxford University and adjunct professor at the London Business School.
There will also be debates, workshops and networking sessions covering subjects such as ‘Building partnerships for the future’, ‘What is the Alliance’s member value?’ and ‘An analysis of the contributing to citizens’ health by co-ops’.
Delegates can also attend a book signing session by Ed Mayo, secretary general of Co-operatives UK, who will present his upcoming book A Short History of Co-operation, and have the chance to meet the candidates for the Alliance’s board before the elections at the General Assembly.
On Thursday the conference will continue with a plenary on ‘Assessing the co-operative sector’, additional workshops and debates, and a closing plenary including a keynote presentation by Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway, who will discuss the implications for building a more sustainable future as a united movement.
An all-day visit to Malaysian co-ops is available on Wednesday and Thursday. A closing reception takes place on Thursday evening.
Friday will be dedicated to the Alliance’s General Assembly, which is also open to attendees not representing member organisations. The agenda will include the election of the Alliance Board, the approval of the 2016 accounts and appointment of the auditor and proposed amendments to articles and by-laws and motions or resolutions submitted.
Who is Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland?
Dr Brundtland, who will deliver the conference’s closing keynote plenary, is a medical doctor and Master of Public Health (MPH), and is known as the ‘Mother of Sustainability’.
Under her guidance in 1987, the World Commission on Environment and Development produced the landmark report Our Common Future, also known as the Brundtland report. The document coined the concept of sustainable development.
She graduated from the Harvard School of Public Health in the USA in 1965 and worked as a doctor in Norway until 1974, when she was appointed minister of the environment. She went on to lead the country as prime minister in 1981, being in government for more than 10 years.
She was a key figure in Norwegian politics until 1996 when she resigned from the Labour Party to make way for a new generation of leaders.
Dr Brundtland was chair of the World Health Organisation between 1998-2003 and UN special envoy on climate change between 2007-2010.
She is currently deputy chair of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights.
The path to Kuala Lumpur: An inside look at the Global Conference from ANGKASA
This November, hundreds of co-operators will converge on Kuala Lumpur for Cooperatives: Putting people at the centre of development, the Alliance’s 2017 Global Conference. We took a moment to check in with Dato’ Abdul Fattah Abdullah, president of ANGKASA, the Malaysian National Co-operative Movement and conference co-host, to see how the conference planning was progressing and to give participants a sneak peek at what awaits them at the biggest co-operative event of the year…
What unique aspects of the Malaysian co-operative identity will be represented AT the conference?
ANGKASA is very pleased to announce that all preparations to welcome co-operators from around the world to the Alliance’s Global Conference are under way and on schedule. As hosts, we are all very excited as the countdown to the conference draws nearer to the day we receive our first guests.
Our hosting committees are also very busy finalising all the details together with the Alliance secretariat to ensure that co-operators coming to the conference will experience the true Malaysian hospitality that the country is known for in this region.
I am also proud that our hosting of the conference has opened opportunities to local co-op participation, from providing the airport transfers to bringing co-operators on our scheduled tour programmes which will allow delegates to visit successful co-operatives in the country.
The 50 volunteers who will be assisting during the conference will also be from the Co-operative College; the experience will provide them with a global insight to the world of co-operatives. As part of the conference, the hosts have also prepared a programme that will showcase the rich culture and traditions of Malaysia, such as the sampling of local fruits, enjoying traditional performances and picking up local crafts.
Nothing was spared from ANGKASA, from the local hibiscus-inspired Conference logo motif to the daily melting pot of various foods that everyone will be enjoying.
What are some of the most exciting and unique elements of the Global Conference that you can share with delegates?
Again, as host and the apex organisation for co-operatives in Malaysia, we feel this will be the best opportunity for us to showcase the very best of Malaysia to fellow co-operators from around the world.
In line with the co-operative spirit, ANGKASA is happy to announce that we will be providing special tour visits to interesting places for friends and family accompanying you while you attend the conference. To those visiting Malaysia for the first time, you will be in for a memorable experience during your visit.
Tell us about the opportunity that MACCOPs presents.
At ANGKASA, we are very proud of our Malaysia Carnival of Co-operative Products & Services (MACCOPS, for short). It is our way to see Malaysian co-ops play a greater role in the ASEAN economic integration by linking with other co-operatives from the region.
The 2017 MACCOPS edition will see more participation from international co-operatives exhibiting products and services. As it will be organised in conjunction with the Global Conference and General Assembly, delegations from across this region can also join the planned business matching and business forum sessions.
Co-operatives need to play a more active role in the economy, especially when it comes to wealth creation. Strengthening our domestic position is important and at the same time we need to look to international markets and international partner co-operatives to strengthen our revenue base.
Trade visitors to MACCOPS can expect to meet decision makers from local and international co-ops at the exhibition, engage in business matching and participate in seminars and other events that will ensure access to industry experts. Co-operatives will have dedicated Coop-2-Coop networking sessions. So, if your country’s co-operative or your members might have something to showcase, MACCOPS is the place to be.
Why did ANGKASA want to host the Global Conference?
Many co-operatives have been comfortable operating within Malaysia but the future is bigger than that. We need to see ASEAN as our domestic market especially as the ASEAN Economic Community is becoming more important. Malaysian co-operatives need to find strategic partners globally who want to leverage the 8 million co-operative members in Malaysia and vice versa.
We feel that hosting the Global Conference together with Alliance will allow this to take place, as the global sharing of experience and expertise of co-operators from around the world can only benefit the co-operative movement.
So once again, I take this opportunity to welcome all fellow co-operators to come to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this November for the ICA Global Conference and General Assembly while experiencing ‘Malaysia, Truly Asia’.
12 May ICAO Executive Committee Meeting Seoul, Korea
2015 1st ICAO Executive Committee Meeting in Seoul
On 12 May, the ICAO Executive Committee meeting was held in Seoul, Korea. It was followed by an international seminar on the enhancement of added value in agriculture. The Executive Committee meeting was attended by five of that body’s eight members: President Choi (NACF), Vice-presidents Yaguchi (JA-Zenchu) and Angala (UCA) and Executive Members Yüksel (OR-KOOP) and Domagalski (NCC; via the representation of Dr. Adam Piechowski). Vice-Presidents Tømte (FNAC) and Freitas (OCB) and Executive Member Saxena (IFFCO) were unable to attend due to commitments in their home countries of Norway, Brazil and India, respectively.
The European members in attendance reported on their meeting with Vice-president Tømte and others from the ICAO Europe region, held after the Cooperatives Europe General Assembly in Paris in April. They introduced their initiatives to engage with other organizations, designed to broaden the scope of ICAO’s activities. President Choi welcomed the European members’ proposals, saying they would enhance ICAO’s profile at both the regional and global levels.
After the EXCOM meeting’s conclusion, the international seminar began. The keynote presentation on the sixth industrialization of agriculture in Korea was delivered by Dr. Kim from NACF; country presentations by the EXCOM member organizations followed and included agro-processing by co-operatives in Uganda, agriculture in Turkey, and the enhancement of added value in agriculture through cooperatives in Poland. The presentation materials on the sixth industrialization of agriculture in Japan and best agricultural practices adopted in India were provided prior to the event by JA-Zenchu and IFFCO, but they were not presented at the seminar due to, respectively, Vice-president Yaguchi’s early departure and Executive Member Saxena’s absence. All seminar presentations may be found on the ICAO website, at www.icao.coop.
17~18 September ICAO General Meeting Bali, Indonesia
2014 ICAO General Meeting
1. Date : 17~18 September 2014
2. Program Wednesday, 17 September, 2014
10:00~11:20 ICAO General Meeting
opening : Won-Byung CHOI, ICAO President
congratulatory : Balu Iyer, Regional Director of ICA AP
Vice president reports
Secretary General's report
ICAO 3 Year Strategic Planning
22 October ICAO General Assembly Virtual
ICAO held the Executive Committee on march 10, 2021.
At this meeting, the executive committee agreed to explore new agricultural and rural business models for farmers around the world. ICAO has decided to pursue the hands-on projects for member cooperatives and farmers.
UCA representing Africa region plans to expand the establishment of a supply center. The goal is to support members to increase their farm income by providing input materials such as fertilizer and machinery.
OCB representing America region identify the current status of agricultural cooperatives in the region to strengthen ICAO network and cooperation among cooperatives.
NACF and JA Zenchu representing Asia-Pacific region will lead the Mongolian agricultural cooperative to build a brand for market power of enhancing farmers’ income.
NCC representing Europe region will discover and share best practices for reducing food waste and contribute to food security and system.
Also, the Executive Committee appointed Kamarudin ISMAIL as its auditor.
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