Highlights of the ICA Board Meeting (1996)

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                         December, 1996

          (Source: ICA News, Issue No.6, 1996, pp.8)

               Highlights of the ICA Board Meeting 

During its meeting in Budapest the Board approved a record number
of membership applications. Of the 17 new ICA member
organisations, 14 are from the Americas region.  Other new
members are from Palestine, Malta, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Board also officially approved the establishment of the ICA
Development Trust as the formal body that will implement the
ICA's development programme in the future. The members of the ICA
Board will constitute the Board of the Development Trust, and its
management will be carried out by the staff of the ICA
Development Section. At its next meeting the Board will consider
the establishment of a global advisory body for the Trust.

The Board accepted a management recommendation that the ICA
Regional Office for West Africa be relocated from Abidjan, Cote
d'Ivoire, to Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. As previously discussed
with the Regional Council, this will result in significant
financial savings.

The Board continued its examination of how to improve the
representation of women within co-operative organisations. It was
agreed that the ICA President would write to all member
organisations in order to encourage them to give high priority
to this issue, and also ask them to inform ICA of their policies
and targets. 

After achieving a surplus of over 225,000 Swiss francs in 1995,
largely due to the success of the Manchester Congress, ICA is
projecting only a small surplus for both 1996 and 1997. 
The Board approved these financial reports and requested
management to continue its discussions with representatives of
those sectors in which changes to the subscription formula
or process are desirable. The 1997 General Assembly, now
scheduled to be held in Geneva on 15 and 16 September,
will feature elections to the Board and the Audit and Control
Committee. Member organisations will be requested to submit
nominations, as per the Rules, three months prior to
the meeting.  

The Special Committee on Rules and Finance was asked to examine
the possibility of establishing a Nominations Committee in order
to improve the representation of regions, sectors, and women on
the ICA Governing Bodies.

The next ICA Board meeting will be held on April 1819, in
Uganda, at the invitation of the ICA Vice-President for Africa,
Bernard Wolimbwa. The Board also accepted an invitation from the
ICA's Canadian member organisations to hold the 1999 General
Assembly in Quebec, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of
the Desjardins caisse populaire movement.

(A two page centre-spread of photos taken during the Regional
Assembly appears on pages 6 & 7 of the ICA News - not included)