Introductions from new Board Members (1997)

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This document has been made available in electronic format
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Dec., 1997
(Source: ICA Review, Vol.90 No.4, 1997, pp.53-54)

Introductions from New Board  Members
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Rahaiah Baheran, Malaysia
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My name is Rahaiah Baheran. I am Vice- President of Angkasa, apex
organisation for the co-operative movement of Malaysia, with its 4.2
million co-operators, 1.5 million of which are women

By virtue of being chairperson of the ICA Regional Women's Committee
for Asia and the Pacific, now in its formation state, I believe that I
represent the Region more so than the women co-operators of Asia and
the Pacific of countries such as Egypt and Israel to China, including 
India, Asian countries and Australia.

On a personal note I would like to add that I have been a co-operator
for almost 40 years for both my parents were co-operators. I began
getting actively involved in the movement when I was elected to the
board of a rice-mill co-operative when I was 18.

Today I am a director of a primary co-operative that deals with addressing
members' needs - and currently working on day-care centres for working
members.

Right now, I happen to be a member of Parliament of Malaysia, sitting
in the Senate. If I may say so, the experience gained has enabled me to
be a better co-operative leader.

I have been a committee member of the ICA Global Women's Committee
since 1991 and have been contributing to meetings, seminars, and
conferences as a participant and as a resource person.

Dear delegates, if given a chance I would like to serve on the ICA Board,
to work together with the President, Vice-presidents and other members
yet to be elected today, this would give the Asian Pacific touch of a
Malaysian Woman Co-operator which I believe is much needed to make
our ICA Board one that has a strong global perspective and goes some
way towards solving the gender balance. Thank you!

Hiroshi Khono, Japan
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My name is Hiroshi Khono. I am the Managing Director of JA Zenchu
and am standing for election to the Board as a representative of ten
member organisations of the ICA in Japan.

It is a great honour for me to speak in front of an audience of co-operators
around the world. My time is limited to three minutes so without further ado
I would like to give a brief introduction.

JA Zenchu is a national organisation which comprises 8.5 million members
and represents agricultural co-operative movements in Japan. It carries out
activities such as planning policies to promote agriculture and agricultural
co-operatives, education, auditing and international co-operation.

I became the Managing Director of JA Zenchu in 1990 and at the moment
I am in charge of planning policies for agriculture and the promotion of
agricultural co-operatives and international co-operation. I am also chairman
of Japan Joint Council of Co-operatives (JJC) which is organised by the
10 Japanese ICA members and a Director of the International Federation of
Agricultural Producers (IFAP).

My involvement with co-operative movements goes back to 1958 when I
joined JA Zennou and, since then and until I became an executive of JA-
Zenchu, I was working in the rice and wheat sales.

Let me touch upon the international activities of JA Zenchu. 30 Years ago,
with the agreement of the Japanese agricultural co-operative organisations,
we established the Institute for the Development of Agricultural
Co-operation in  Asia (IDACA). In collaboration with the ICA Asia Pacific
regional secretariat, we have been conducting training in the organisation,
management and business of agricultural co-operatives for leaders of
agricultural co-operatives in developing countries centred around Asia.

Recently, we sent experts to Asian countries to co-operate in fostering
agricultural co-operatives and to give them guidance on lifestyle
improvement for women in rural areas.

JA Zenchu is committed to further strengthening activities of this nature
in the future and I would like to emphasize in particular the following
three objectives:

1.	To expand our co-operation to the African region in addition to the
	Asia Pacific region;

2.	To strengthen co-operation for the development of women in rural
	areas;

3.	To further promote collaboration with European member
	organisations.

We intend to pool our efforts further for the development of the world
co-operative movement under the recently revised co-operative principles.

Thank you very much for your attention.

Stefania Marcone, Italy
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My dear friends co-operators, I take this occasion to introduce myself to
you. As you know, I am the Italian nominee for the ICA Board election and
am pleased and honoured to represent, today, the three Italian Apex
organisations., reaffirming their active involvement in the ICA for the
realisation of the co-operative values and principles, in promoting
Co-operation to Development and inter-co-operative East-West and
North-South relations.

The values and principles of the ICA are those in which, during the last
ten years, the most decisive one has been for my maturing personally and
professionally with my work experience at Legacoop International
Department since 1987, first as liaison officer with ICA and, at present,
as Director of the Legacoop International Office.

So, over the years, I have been acquainted with ICA work and structure,
with its unique unitary role, as well as having the opportunity of meeting 
the representatives of many co-operative organisations, learning a lot from
all of them.

I feel deep emotion, in addressing myself to you, emotion of a woman who
feels herself facing the huge challenge of being the first woman, in the
history of my co-operative movement, to be candidate for the ICA Board.
What comforts me in taking on this responsibility, is that, in case of
election, I can rely upon the strong support of all the Italian Co-operative
Movement to carry out my task as best as possible.

As far as my personal contribution is concerned, first of all the presence
in the ICA Board of a representative from a Co-operative Movement with
a strong multi-sectoral feature and know-how, can bring positive input to
the ICA policy guidelines processes.

Secondly, the choice made by the Italians to put forward the nomination of
a young co-operator is likely to represent a signal of renewal, stressing the
necessity to get more women and youth involved in the co-operative
movement at the eve of the next millennium. The co-operative movement has
a lot to give to youth, who look  at their future with fear and uncertainty.

Despite the remarkable efforts and innovative policies implemented till now,
we should concentrate further efforts to strengthen the co-operative
promotion towards youth, helping them to find their "co-operative way"
capable of corresponding to their huge requirements in terms of
employment, self-esteem, solidarity, peace, environment, international
co-operation etc.

I am deeply convinced that on this ground too. the co-operative movement,
through its worldwide organisation,  can meet the challenge and win. For
this I am ready to bring my contribution with passion and determination.

Churll-Hee Won, Korea
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Mr. President, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, I am very
grateful to all of you for giving me this opportunity to ask for  your kind
support as a candidate for the Board member of the International
Co-operative Alliance and particularly it is a great honour for the
co-operative movement in Korea.

I am now representing agricultural co-operatives in Korea as the Chairman
and President of the National Agricultural Co-operative Federation, and
also representing the whole co-operative movement as the Chairman of the
National Co-operative Council of Korea. The Council was organised by ten
national level co-operative organisations and consists of 14 million
members.

The National Agricultural Co-operative Federation is affiliated with 1,400
agricultural co-operatives, which cover more than 90 percent of Korean
farmers as their members.

Korean Agricultural Co-operatives now enjoy very successful business
accomplishments in various areas as multi-purpose co-operatives. Our
market business shares 40% in the local agricultural market and the banking
business mobilised 84 billion US dollars of deposits, which is the largest
among banks in Korea.

I have worked for the agricultural co-operative movement for more than
20 years in various positions and was elected as Chairman and President
of the Federation in 1994.

In the area of overseas co-operation, I am very happy to have had the
opportunity to associate and collaborate with a number of co-operative
leaders around the world. I have assumed the Chair of the Far Eastern
Agricultural Co-operative Collaboration Council. Since 1995, I have been
involved in the international co-operative activities with the International
Co-operative Agricultural Organisation as Vice-President.

If the opportunity to work for the ICA Board presents itself, I shall put forth
my utmost efforts to promote and protect co-operative values and principles;
facilitate the development of economic and other mutually beneficial
relations among member organizations; and further encourage the member
co-operatives at the international and regional levels to maximise
co-operative capabilities moving towards the challenging 21st century.