New Committee Replaces INCOTEC

This document has been made available in electronic format
     by the International Co-operative Alliance ICA
                     February 1996

           New Committee Replaces INCOTEC

Co-operative educators and trainers attending the INCOTEC meetings in
Manchester voted unanimously to replace INCOTEC, the ICA International
Committee for Training and Education in Co-operatives by a new Committee to
be called the ICA Global HRD Committee.

The underlying thinking behind the new committee will include focus,
centrality of HRD to co-operatives, flexibility, relevance, functionality,
and sustainability. More specifically, the committee will:
* provide a focal point for HRD work in co-operatives;
* be open and flexible in its work and in its membership;
* promote collaboration amongst agencies and organisations active in
Co-operative HRD;
* be an interactive network;
* aim at answering the real needs of the ordinary members through the HRD
and educational framework of the ICA and its member organisations.

The current Executive Committee will continue for another two years  and be
joined by representatives from the ILO, SCC, the ICA Regional Office for
the Americas, and Indonesia. The ICA will provide Secretariat services to
the Committee.

Dr Robert Houlton, the outgoing Chairman was praised and thanked for his
contribution to HRD in Co-operatives during his tenure. Dr Yehudah  Paz,
formerly Vice-Chairman of INCOTEC, was confirmed as chairman for the
interim committee.

A key task for the interim committee will be to clarify the nature and
activities of the new committee. It will also be expected to come up with
the proposals on how to raise resources to sustain the committee.

The Executive Committee and the Plenary were followed by a workshop on
networking in Co-operative HRD. Reports given at the workshop showed that
there were many HRD networking activities being carried out in Africa, the
Americas, and Asia-Pacific. The ILO COOPNET Project was shown to be a major
player in these activities.

It was agreed that networking should take maximum advantage of the Internet
and other modern technologies. However, it should be borne in mind that
there are cases where publications, actual getting together and other
modest methods could be more appropriate.

Gregory Prouttskov and Ben Kadasia