(Source: ICA Review, Vol.91 No.2 - Annual Report 1997-1998, pp. 65-68)
INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION OF INDUSTRIAL, ARTISANAL
AND SERVICE PRODUCERS' CO-OPERATIVES (CICOPA)
Chairman: Marián Rybár (Slovakia)
Secretary: Arsenio Invernizzi (ICA)
Vice-Chairmen: B.S.Vishvanathan (India); Mohamed Sebaiy (Egypt),
Members: Michel Gauthier (France); Yuzo Nagato (Japan); Dumitru Danga (Romania); Agus Sudono (Indonesia); Mrs. Prasad (India); Vivian Woodell (UK), Alvarino (Uruguay), Ada Souleymane Kibora (West Africa); Vincent Lubasi (East, Central and Southern Africa), Daman Prakash (India)
CICOPA has 72 member organisations from 52 countries (Europe: 15, Africa: 15, America: 13, Asia: 9).
CICOPA Newsletter, twice a year.
Every two years a Plenary meeting is held (usually to coincide with the ICA Board meeting) with two Executive meetings taking place each year, the last of which was in Geneva in September 1997. The CICOPA General Assembly approved new rules including provisions for the creation of regional sub-committees and development organisations. CICOPA-France-Development became the first CICOPA development organisation.
On 18 September 1997, the Extraordinary General Assembly of CECOP/ CICOPA-Europe was held and ratified the creation of a CICOPA European subcommittee.
At the ICA Regional Conference in Mexico City in November 1997, a preparatory committee consisting of five people representing producer co-operative oganisations from the Americas was established in order to prepare the Constituent General Assembly of CICOPA-Américas in Uruguay in November 1998. Similar steps are being implemented for the Asia and Pacific region.
CICOPA DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES:
CICOPA implements its development programmes through the following consultants: Ruben Villa, Bruno Roelants, Pierre Guiard-Schmid, Sergeyi Smolyansky.
SOUTH CONE OF LATIN AMERICA (Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay)
Programme title: Advisory service for co-operative entreprises.
Objective: Reinforce and develop the production and service co-operative movement, and strengthen commercial links. The programme has been completed in Paraguay and Uruguay and continues in Argentina.
Main results achieved:
During 1997, the project “Strengthening Co-operative Management” was discussed with ACSUR (Las Segovias y La Unión de Cooperativas Madrileñas). This project provides technical assistance in the area of management and also a 24-month training programme on subjects such as co-operative legislation, marketing, financial administration and human resources, etc.
The programme is offered in two countries: Costa Rica and El Salvador. It was launched in December 1997. In El Salvador, the programme is conducted by the Agrarian Reform for the Production, Processing and Exportation of Coffee and in Costa Rica by the National Council of Co-operatives and the Consortium of Industrial Co-operatives of Palm Oil. The beneficiaries of the programme are about twenty co-operatives in each country which deal with agricultural or the industrial production of handicrafts.
This programme started in January 1996 and the present three-year phase ends in January 1999. The programme is implemented through XIMENG, a consultancy co-operative.
Main features of the programme at this stage:
The India project started in 1993 with the present three-year phase running between the beginning of 1997 and the end of 1999. This programme is divided into two sub-programmes.
North Central India : The main focus is on the establishment and consolidation of a co-operative consortium and the commercialisation of products. The main thrust has been in the shoe sector. In November 1997, a federation of silk co-operatives was established with as many as 50 primary co-operatives registered. An important Japanese bilateral programme for upgrading the technology used in silk production is now under negotiation (Madhya Pradesh).
Southern India : The co-operative sector in this region has made considerable improvements, especially in the field of commercialisation and self-financing ratio.
Under the guidance and with the direct participation of the Institute of Social Co-operation ICOSI - France, the Central Union of Worker´s Productive Co-operatives and the University of National and World Economy pursue a range of actions related to the foundation of an International Educational Centre for the training of co-operative personnel.
Activities planned into future
CICOPA is studying the feasibility of extending the development programmes in China, India and other Asian countries and a proposal for Brazil is also being studied. Preparations have begun on the establishment of a the subcommittee for Asia and the Pacific. The organization of the fifth CICOPA Conference was discussed during the EC meeting on 5 May 1998 in Bucharest.