Asia-Pacific cooperatives discuss cooperation

A meeting to promote cooperation between cooperatives in the Asia Pacific and compare notes on their development began yesterday in Ha Noi.

An act perfomed in the opening ceremony yesterday in Ha Noi to welcome the 8th meeting of International Cooperative Alliance Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly. (Photo: Minh Dien)

The 8th meeting of International Cooperative Alliance Asia-Pacific (ICA-AP) Regional Assembly, following its four-day meeting, will make recommendations to governments for developing cooperatives.

Around 400 delegates from 35 countries and members of ICA-AP and cooperatives are attending.

They are joined by National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, and Vietnamese Fatherland Front Chairman Huynh Dam.

“Cooperation is a model that needs to be developed because it is adaptable to changes,”  Ivano Barberini, chairman of the ICA said.

Mr. Trong emphasized the positive role played by cooperatives in building and developing Viet Nam.

“Cooperatives have gone through 60 years of development and Vietnam has around 18,000 cooperatives and cooperative unions and 320,000 cooperative groups,” he added.

The 8th ICA-AP will approve new regulations and development strategies and elect a new board of leaders for 2009-12.

The 5th Asia-Pacific Co-operative Forum on the advantages cooperatives offer during the global economic crisis was also held yesterday.

By B.Quyen – Translated by H.Mien

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