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Report of ICA Global HRD Committee to the General Assembly (1998)

July, 1998
(Source: ICA Review, Vol.91 No.2 - Annual Report 1997-1998, pp. 72-73)


Executive Committee
Chairperson:  Yehudah Paz (Israel)

Vice-Chairpersons: Ungku A. Aziz (Malaysia); Gabriele Ullrich (ILO); Fakhry       Shousha (Egypt); Taketoshi Nojiri (Japan)

Members:  B.D. Sharma (India); Vitaliy Teplov (Russia); Saled Syafradji     (Indonesia); Esther Gicheru (Kenya); Luis Arturo Muñoz (Colombia)

Secretary:  Jan-Eirik Imbsen (ICA)

We are pleased with our increasing contacts with committees like Communications and Research, but we have so far not had any substantive discussions with any of the committees representing business sectors. We hope that it will be possible to open a dialogue with some of them also.

A meeting of the Executive Committee was held in conjunction with last year’s General Assembly in Geneva. We also organised a workshop on Electronic Networking and Distance Education in collaboration with the Communications Committee and the ILO Coopnet programme.

As a follow up to the seminar, exciting work is now being done by our communications department on a new web site that could be of great interest to the HRD Committee. The Virtual Community for Co-operative Education (VCCE) will be a free association of co-operative educators, developers, researchers, learners and communicators collaborating for the advancement of co-operative education and research. The VCCE website, which is being developed at head office by Hazel Wilcox, an independent consultant, in collaboration with Apple Computers, will contain materials relevant to co-operative education and research. Provided funding can be identified, there will be a specific platform within the VCCE allowing for the HRD Committee to communicate and network.

This year’s events include:

A workshop on Development/Training – Adding Value has been planned as part of the Research Conference in Cork in May. Royal Professor Aziz represented the Committee and chaired the workshop.

A global seminar on Value-based Professional Management in Co-operatives will be held in Pune, India, in September. The NCUI (India), which has kindly offered to cover all local costs in connection with the seminar, and ICA ROAP are joint organisers with the HRD Committee. This theme is also in line with ICA’s development priorities as expressed in the new draft Policy for Co-operative Development.

The next statutory meeting will take place in Seoul in October in conjunction with the Asia/Pacific Regional Assembly.