COPAC Secretariat Transfers to Geneva (1996)

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         by the International Co-operative Alliance ICA 
                         July, 1996

            (Source: ICA News, Issue No.3/1996- pp.3)

               COPAC Secretariat Transfers to Geneva

The Committee for the Pro-motion and Advancement of
Co-operatives (COPAC) officially established its office in
Geneva on April 1, 1996. Ms. MariaElena Chavez has been
appointed COPAC coordinator. Ms. Vittoria Zaffarano, the COPAC
office manager will assist the coordinator during 1996 until
the full transfer of the COPAC office from Rome is completed.

COPAC was established in Rome in 1971 to improve the
coordination of membership activities for the promotion of
co-operatives. Its present membership includes the Food and
Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO), International
Labour Organization (ILO), the International Federation of
Agricultural Producers (IFAP), International Union of Food,
Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco, and Allied
Workers Associations (IUF), World Council of Credit Unions
(WOCCU) and the ICA.

The COPAC coordinator can be contacted at the ICA Head Office;
telephone: (41-22) 929 88 25;

Further information about COPAC and its members can be found
on the ICA/UWCC Co-operative Gopher (gopher://wiscinfo. or on the ICA International
Web Site (

                 New ICA Organisation

At the June meeting, the ICA Board received a report from the
Interim Steering Committee established to finalise plans to
create the International Health Co-operative Organisation
(IHCO) as an ICA Specialised Organisation. 

The Board approved the draft rules of the new Organisation,
which plans to hold its founding meeting on 22 November to
coincide with the Regional Assembly for the Americas. 

The new body will promote health co-ops of three kinds:
consumer- and user- owned, and integrated forms. Only members
of ICA will be eligible for full membership, although a
category of associate membership will also be available for
others. ICA Head Office will provide the secretary for the

               Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly 

The second ICA Regional Assembly of 1996 was held in Petaling
Jaya, Malaysia, from 13-14 June under the chairmanship of
Royal Professor Ungku A. Aziz, President of the National
Co-operative Organisation of Malaysia, ANGKASA.  

Among the agenda issues dealt with by the 1800 participants

*    approval of a new four-year development plan (1997-2000)
     for the Region}l Office;

*    review of the report of the advisory committee on the
     policy and direction of the Regional Office, which
     recommended that efforts be focused in the areas of
     improving the business efficiency of co-operatives, human
     resource development, and improvement of co-operatives'
     image and relations with government;

*    approval of a model constitution for adoption by
     Specialised Regional Committees;

*    establishment of two working groups to draw up guidelines
     for the establishment of regional housing and women's

*    reports on national progress in publicising and using the
     Co-operative Identity Statement;

*    preparations for the next meeting of Co-operative
     Ministers and leaders, scheduled to be held in Thailand
     in March 1997;

*    acceptance of the offer by Bangladesh to host the 1998
     Regional Assembly.

The participants also decided that the nomination of a
candidate for election as ICA Vice-President would be
postponed until the March 1997 meeting of the regional
Executive Council.

In his opening address to the Assembly, ICA President Graham
Melmoth noted that the rapid growth of economies and
co-operative movements in the Asia-Pacific region had
generated both opportunities and anxieties.  

Referring to the wish expressed by some Asian members for
greater representation on the ICA Board, and for retaining a
larger percentage of subscription payments for use in the
region, he said that both issues are being examined within the
global ICA context by the Special Board Committee on Rules and
Finance, which will present its proposals for change to the
1997 General Assembly. 

At the conclusion of the Assembly Mr. Melmoth paid tribute to
the retiring Regional Director, G.K. Sharma, for the progress
made by ICA in the region during the last nine years, and
introduced the newly-appointed Regional Director, Robby Tulus
of Indonesia, who will take up his position on 1 October.