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

      The International Organisation of Industrial,
        Artisanal and Service Producers' Co-ops

by Yves Regis


Chairman:      Yves Regis (France)
Secretary:     Martine Cabanis (France)
Confederation Generale des S.C.O.P. 37, rue Jean Leclaire - 75017 Paris
(France). Tel. (33) 1- Fax. (33) 1-

Vice-Chairmen: Vishwanhatan - N.C.U.I. (India); Marian Rybar - S.Z.V.D.
(Slovakia); Marco di Martino - CECOP's President (Italy)

Members: Enzo di Torre Chafran - C.A.L. (Paraguay); A.S. Kibora - ICA
Office Abidjan (Africa); Yuzo Nagato (Japan);  Javier Sanz (Spain);
Mohamed Sebayi (Egypt); Istvan Szabo (Hungary)

Membership: CICOPA has 72 Member organisations from 55 countries (Europe:
15, Africa: 15, America: 13, Asia: 9)

Publication: CICOPA NEWSLETTER, three times a year

Statutory Meetings: Each year one Plenary Meeting (usually at a place and
at the moment ICA Board Meeting is held) and two Executive Committees are

These Plenary Meetings were held in Tokyo (October 24th 1992); Geneva
(September 6th 1993); Prague (October 24th 1994), and Manchester (September
16-17th 1995).

The most recent Executive Committees were held in Cairo (Egypt) and Vitoria
(Spain) 1994; Paris (France) April 24th 1995, and Manchester (Great
Britain) September 17th 1995.

Regional Organisations
CECOP: CICOPA-EUROPE located in Brussels is the strongest Regional
organisation with a significant budget. CICOPA AMERICA LATINO starting on
several specific actions, for the moment in CONO SUR. 4th World CICOPA
Conference - VITORIA-GASTEIZ(near MONDRAGON Group) - between the 6th and
the 10th of June 1994 - 400 participants from 52 countries.

Opening Ceremony
Jose-Antonio Ardanza, President of the Basque Government; Jose-Angel
Cuerda, Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz; Paulino Luesma, Minister of Labour and
Social Security of the Basque Government; Joe Fazio, Head of the
Co-operative branch of the ILO in Geneva (Switzerland); Lars Marcus,
President of the ICA (Sweden); Claude Fonrojet, General Delegate for Social
Innovation and Economy (France); Yves Regis, President of CICOPA (France)

Technical Visit to Mondragon
Mondragon Co-operative Corporation (M.C.C.)
Caja Laboral Popular
Polytechnical Training Institute
FAGOR - EROSKI, etc...

9 Items in 3 days
1st day:
1.  Modern Industry and Democratic Participation
2.. Development - Handicraft Women
3 . Job Creation - Youth and Co-operatives in the future

2nd day
1.  Development and Solidarity
2.  Business Exchanges
3.  Human Resources

3rd day
1.  Formal and Participatory Democracy
2.  Indivisible Reserves/
3.  Social and Human Mission of Producers Co-operation

Records of this Conference with final conclusions are available (in
English, French and Spanish at the cost of USD 40.).

CICOPA Development programmes
a)   CICOPA tries to help development of Producers' Co-operatives
organisations in some countries where it is now possible to get a technical
support from one of the ICA Regional Offices, where APEX Co-operative
Organisations do approve it and where a public co-financing is possible.

b)   Its principle aims are creation of a producers' co-operatives Union(if
it does not exist in the country, or Federation and of a first Permanent
Service of Advice and Help for Co-operative Management (mainly marketing
and financial management).

     CICOPA is convinced no lasting development could be realised with
feeble and isolated enterprises.

c)   The basic rule is to help the creation and development of such a
service but not alone. This is happening with the growing financial
participation of the beneficiary co-operatives themselves, at first as
partners in the action and then taking full responsibility or ensuring the
service goes on after CICOPA financial support stops.

Present Programmes
1    In India: both Bangalore (Karnataka) and Delhi (Jaipur, Muradabad,
etc. Units-Multipurpose women co-operatives; weavers; metalware, etc...
2    In West Africa:  Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast with most interesting
results (specially line of credit from World Bank) and soon Benin and
3    In East Africa: project for Tanzania.
4    America Latina: Cono Sur: Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina and soon Chile
and Brazil.
5    Central America: Costa Rica - Salvador, Honduras, etc...
6    Eastern Europe: mainly Republic of Russia (Elaboration and lobbying of
a Russian Law upon Industrial Producers' co-operatives).
7    Important Project in China with both Gung Ho organisation and All
China Industrial and Handicraft Co-operative Federation.