October 29 - November 2, 2012
ICA Extraordinary General Assembly
(October 29 - November 2, 2012, Manchester, UK)
Discussing the Blueprint for A Co-operative Decade
In the light of the International Year of Co-operatives, International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) held Extraordinary General Assembly in Manchester, UK, from 29 October until 2 November 2012. Prof. Kokichi Shoji (President of NFUCA) and Yusuke Miyajima (NFUCA Student Committee member) attended the event.
At the same time, ICA also organized the third global fair for the co-operative movement, ICA Expo 2012. Expo Co-op 2012 brought co-operative enterprises from over 45 countries with 200 exhibitors. The total number of visitors reached 10,000 people. They visited the booths and attended meetings and workshops that were held at the event.
The main subject of discussion in the Assembly was the ‘Blueprint for the Co-operative Decade’, which will turn the International Year of Cooperatives into a decade of co-operation. At the symposium, speakers from Co-operatives UK (UK), Mondragon Corporation (Spain) and Desjardins (Canada, a co-operative financial group) presented about how co-operatives contributed to the economic development and contributed to the society through creating employment.
The relationship among co-operatives becomes stronger with the 2012 International Year of Co-operatives. NFUCA also shares the spirits of cooperation and working together to spread the values and principles of co-operative.
ICA Extraordinary General Assembly (ICA President, Dame Pauline Green, second from left, with other speakers)
From left to right: Dame Pauline Green (ICA President), Prof. Kokichi Shoji (President of NFUCA), Yusuke Miyajima (Student Committee member)