Meetings

**Meetings**

Since the 29th Congress of the ICA in 1988, the ICA Secretariat has
organized the annual Central Committee of the ICA in close collaboration
with host organizations in each country, India, Spain and Germany.

The ICA staff person responsible for the organization of ICA's annual
meeting moved to Sweden in 1990. Her services were retained on a part-time
basis until the Tokyo Congress as she had already begun work on this
project before leaving the ICA Secretariat in Geneva.


*ICA Meetings Manual*

This 90-page document is a working tool and source of reference for those
responsible for the organization of an ICA Congress or Central Committee
meeting. The Manual was compiled and developed over a period of three years
in consultation with ICA member organizations which have hosted an ICA
Congress or Central Committee meeting during that period.

Although the Manual will be revised to reflect changes in the ICA structure
after 1992, the basic document will remain valid for future ICA meetings.


*Executive Committee*

Since the 1988 Congress, the Executive Committee has met on nine occasions
in: Beijing, Geneva, Salzburg, New Delhi, Strasbourg, Madrid, Helsinki,
Berlin, and Florence.

Five new members have been elected by the Central Committee to replace
members who resigned since 1988:  Luis Armando Carello, Argentina; Ota
Karen, Czech and Slovak Federative Republic; Ian MacPherson, Canada; B.
Vishwanathan, India; and Reimer Volkers, Germany.

In October 1991 Raija Itkonen of Finland was elected Vice-President
following the resignation of Yvon Daneau, Vice-President since 1984.  She
is the first woman ever to hold this position. In January 1992 Pavel
Fedirko, Vice-President since 1988, resigned from the Executive Committee.

At the 1991 Central Committee meeting it was agreed that the terms of the
current Executive Committee members be extended until the meeting of the
new General Assembly in 1993 in order to facilitate transition to the new
structure.  As a result, the only elections scheduled to take place during
the 1992 Central Committee meeting in Tokyo are to fill existing vacancies,
including the one vacant Vice-President position.


*Audit and Control Committee*

The Audit and Control Committee has held two meetings per year during the
period under review: one takes place at the end of the annual audit, when
the external auditors are present, and the second is held in conjunction
with the Central Committee meetings each year.  In addition, the Chairman
of the Committee participated in the annual Workplan and Budget meetings in
Geneva, where planning is carried out for the following year. He also
attended the annual review meeting which is held in Geneva during the work
of the external auditors.

At the Central Committee meeting in Berlin, 1991, Mr. F. Dahrendorf was
elected to fill the vacancy on the Committee following the retirement of
Dr. H. Fahrenkrog.

The members of the committee are listed on page 7 of this report.

The Committee has annually delivered reports on their findings to the
Central Committee. These reports are included each year in the ICA Annual
Reports.


*Central Committee*

Since the 1988 Congress in Stockholm, the Central Committee has met each
year as follows:

The 1989 Central Committee was held in the Vigyan Bhawan conference centre
in New Delhi, India on 2-7 October 1989. The Central Committee meeting was
hosted by the National Co-operative Union of India. This was the first time
a Central Committee had been held in an Asian country and the event
attracted over 700 participants. The following meetings were held in
conjunction with the Central Committee meeting: ICA Executive Committee,
Audit and Control Committee, nine Specialized Organizations working parties
and a meeting of ICA Representatives to the UN. For the first time the
Central Committee programme included a welcome reception for newly admitted
members to the ICA. The two main themes on the Central Committee agenda
were "The Challenge of Global Economic Integration" and "Co-operatives in
Asia".

The 1990 Central Committee meeting was held at the Palacio de Congresos,
Madrid, Spain, on 16-21 September 1990 and hosted by ICA member
organizations in Spain. Over 600 participants attended the Madrid meetings
which, in addition to Central Committee included the ICA Executive
Committee, Audit and Control Committee, ten Specialized Organizations, two
Working Parties, ICA Development Forum, Development Advisory Committee,
meetings with Chairmen of Specialized Organizations, ICA Representatives to
the UN, Basic Values Committee, CLICEC, and a welcome reception for new
members to the ICA. Three main themes were discussed on the Central
Committee agenda: "The Challenge for Co-operative Capital", "Co-operatives
and the Environment" and "Developments in Eastern and Central Europe".

The 1991 Central Committee meeting was held at the Palast Hotel/Congress
Centre Berlin, Germany, on 12-19 October 1991 and was hosted by Verband der
Konsumgenossenschaften (VdK). Over 500 participants attended the meetings.
Held in conjunction with the Central Committee were: ICA Executive
Committee, Audit and Control Committee, 11 Specialized Organizations, 3
Working Parties, ICA Development Forum, Development Advisory Committee,
meetings with Chairmen of Specialized Organization, ICA representatives to
the UN, Basic Values Committee, CLICEC, the International Co-operative
Petroleum Association and a welcome reception for new members to the ICA.
Two themes were discussed on the Central Committee agenda: "Report of the
ICA Structure Committee" and "Co-operatives in Eastern and Central Europe".


*XXXth Congress*

The 30th Congress of the ICA will be held in the Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo on
27-30 October 1992. The Congress will be hosted by ICA member organizations
in Japan and will be preceded on 15-25 October by meetings of the ICA
Central Committee, ICA Executive Committee, Audit and Control Committee, 11
Specialized Organizations, 3 Working Parties, meetings with Chairmen of
Specialized Organizations and ICA Representatives to the UN, CLICEC, as
well as a welcome reception for new members to the ICA. The main themes to
be discussed on the Congress Agenda will be: Basic Co-operative Values and
Environment & Sustainable Development. The Congress will also discuss the
new Rules & Structure of the ICA.


*Future Direction*

The organization of meetings will remain a high priority for the ICA.
Provided that the proposals of the Structure Committee are accepted by the
Congress, a change in the ICA structure after 1992 will mean that the
Central Committee and the Congress will disappear as they are now known,
although extraordinary Congresses may be held from time to time to mark a
special event. This will be the case in 1995 when the ICA will hold a
Centenary Congress in Manchester. The Central Committee will become the
General Assembly, which will meet every second year. During years when the
General Assembly does not meet, a new meeting structure, called Regional
Assemblies, will be in place. The organization of the General Assembly will
be the responsibility of the ICA Head office whereas the organization of
the Regional Assembles will be the responsibility of ICA's Regional
Offices. The change in the meetings structure was considered necessary in
order to provide for a better representation of member organizations and to
allow more in-depth discussion on regional activities, while not losing the
global focus of the ICA's international network.