International databank to better serve member organizations (1997)

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This document has been made available in electronic format
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July, 1997
(Source: Asia-Pacific Co-op News, Vol.4, No.2, Apr-June 1997, pp.5)


International Databank to Better Serve Member Organisations
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Creating national databanks within the Asia-Pacific region will provide
ICA ROAP with the most up-to-date information on the co-operative
movement, said Technical Officer Data Bank for ICA ROAP Ram
Prakash.

Prakash visited member organisations in Thailand, Japan, the Republic of
Korea and Singapore in May to introduce a new data collection
questionnaire. He said the response was very good.

The visits were a part of ICA's international strategy to maintain current
and comprehensive co-operative data. The questionnaire was developed
by an international committee.

With co-operation from member organisations in the region, the ICA
ROAP databank will provide valuable statistics on membership, identify
growth sectors, as well as strengths and weaknesses, and market share.
As a participant on the inter-national committee, Prakash succeeded in his
goal to ensure the new system could accommodate more detailed
information in the future.  He said co-operation from national bodies is
vital to the success of ICA ROAP's databank.