12th ICA-Japan Management Training Course commences (1997)

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Oct, 1997
(Source: Asia-Pacific Co-op News, Vol.4, No.3, Jul-Sept. 1997, pp.4)


12th ICA-Japan Management Training Course commences
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The 12th ICA-Japan Training  Course on Strengthening Management
of Agricultural Co-operatives in Asia,  organised by ICA with funding
support from the Ministry of Agriculture,  Forestry and Fisheries
(MAFF) of the Government of Japan and with active collaboration from
ICA member organisations in the Asia-Pacific, commenced in New Delhi
on Monday, October 20, 1997. 

Fifteen participants (including five women) from ten countries -
Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the
Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam -  will travel with the course, to
India, the Philippines and Japan.

The training course was formally inaugurated by His Excellency Sakutaro
Tanino, Ambassador of Japan in India. 

Ambassador Tanino congratulated the participants on their selection and
conveyed his appreciation to the ICA for the efficient conduct of this
training programme over the last eleven years. Exposure of three country
situations and different management patterns will be of great help to the
participants, he said. The participants will greatly benefit from the
experiences of the Japanese agricultural co-op movement. While attending
the training course, the participants should try to implement some of the
experiences gained in their respective movements to help their own. 

Ambassador Tanino conveyed his good wishes to the participants for the
successful completion of their training programme.

In his address, Robby Tulus thanked the Ambassador and extended ICA
ROAP's appreciation to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and
Fisheries (MAFF) of the Government of Japan, for their continued
funding support.  The programme, Mr Tulus added, fills the gap of human
resource development in the agricultural co-op sector in this vast region of
Asia and Pacific. This programme has been  very well received by the
member organisations of the ICA.

Many countries in the Region have adopted Japanese management pattern
successfully in their economic development.

Participants' exposure to Japanese agricultural co-operative management
will be of great benefit to their respective movements on the completion of
the training programme.

Dr. Daman Prakash, Project Director,  ICA ROAP, echoed the vote of
thanks and explained that as a part of the training course programme, all
the participants are encouraged  to prepare developmental project
proposals - 162 such project proposals have been prepared by the 165
participants participating in the previous 11 training courses. Because of
their quality, content, structure and relevance to the sponsoring
movements, many of these projects have been fully implemented in
different countries of the region, bringing monitory benefits to farmer
members at the grassroots. 

A follow-up review workshop will be held with former participants in the
Philippines.  It will explore the present situation of the movement and
implementation of project proposals.

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Data Bank Workshop Report
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The report of the workshop conducted by ICA ROAP  on  Developing
a Global ICA Data Bank in Jan. '97 in New Delhi, is ready.

The Data Bank officers of the ICA from all the Regions and the HO and
the Director Communication, ICA, discussed strategies and approaches
to develop such a global data bank.

Those who are interested to have a copy of the same may contact
Mr.Ram Prakash, Membership Officer at the ICA Regional Office,
New Delhi.
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