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Report of the International Co-operative Agricultural Organisation to the General Assembly  (1998)

July, 1998
(Source: ICA Review, Vol.91 No.2 - Annual Report 1997-1998, pp. 46-48)


Executive Committee

President:  Claude Béland (Québec, Canada)
Secretary:  Ghislain Paradis (Québec, Canada)
Vice-Presidents & E. Pflimlin, France (Europe), E.K. Mureithi, Kenya  (East, Central     and South Africa), M. Cardozo, Uruguay (Latin America), E.H.     Boohene, Ghana (West Africa),  J.A. Niño, Panama (The      Americas), B.S. Vishwanathan, India (Asia and the Pacific), M. El     Haloui, Morocco (North Africa and Middle East), (Commonwealth    of Independent States, organization in progress)

Members:  M.K. Pedelty  (U.K.),  J.-C. Detilleux (France), E. Laskiewicz     (Poland), T.O. Olupitan (Nigeria), C. Snyder (USA)

Associate:  C. Baker (WOCCU, USA)

The International Co-operative Banking Association was set up by national co-operative banks and financial organizations:

• To exchange information;

• To promote co-operation among co-operative banks;

• To promote the development of new co-operative banks through advice and assistance;

• To research and study subjects of common interest, i.e. capital formation, co-operative values as applied to banking, etc.

Membership is open to all banks and central thrift and credit organizations through one of the eight Regional Committees or by direct membership of the Central Executive Committee.  90 members from 43 countries.

The ICBA Central Executive Committee maintains close contact with the World Council of Credit Unions (USA), the  European Association of  Co-operative Banks (Brussels)  and the International Raiffeisen Union (Bonn).  The ICBA is a true global and democratically-elected specialized organization of the ICA, representing the views of co-operative financial institutions all over the world.

Meetings and issues
A Central Executive Committee meeting of the ICBA along with a Plenary Session and a Seminar took place on 16 and 17 September 1997,  in Geneva, Switzerland.  More than 80 participants attended the Seminar, on the theme  “International standards regarding capital: A threat or an opportunity for financial co-operatives ?”.  On that occasion a presentation  was made by an official from the Standard & Poor’s (USA) rating agency.  Representatives from Europe, the Americas, Latin America, Africa and India were invited to share their views on this topic.  The presentations made on that occasion appear in the ninth edition of the ICBA Journal (available by contacting the ICBA secretariat).

At the ICBA Seminar of September 1997,  a special tribute was paid to former ICBA President, Mr. Terry Thomas, for his contribution to the co-operative world.

ICBA has launched a study on the profile of financial co-operative institutions worldwide.  This survey is carried out by the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Centre de Gestion des Coopératives, Montréal, Canada.   It is tabled to be published in mid 1998.

Other events
Over the past 12 months, Mr.  Béland,  as President of the ICBA , and Mr. Paradis, as Secretary, attended various international conferences.

In November 1997, Mr. Béland  was invited to make a presentation on the occasion of the ICA Regional Conference -  Americas 1997,   in Mexico City, entitled “The Mouvement des caisses Desjardins and Employment: Directing our Efforts where it counts”.

In December 1997, in Santa Fe de Bogotá, the ICBA Secretary, Mr. Ghislain Paradis, attended a Seminar of the Columbia Banking Superintendence, Co-operative Confederation (Superintendencia Bancaria Confederación - CONFECOOP) where he made a presentation entitled “The Co-operative bank: An Engaged and Powerful Actor in Development” (El movimiento cooperativo bancario: Un actor compromedito y poderoso para el desarrollo).

Coming events
A Central Executive Committee meeting of the ICBA along with a Plenary Session and a Seminar  are scheduled for 18 and 19 October  in Paris, France.  The theme of the Seminar will be: “The Co-operative Capital Market”.