Draft Minutes - 1995

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                         January 1996

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                      ICA General Assembly
                Manchester, 22 - 23 September 1995

                         Draft Minutes
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Official Business
President Lars Marcus called the General Assembly to order, at
14:30 on 22 September, following the conclusion of the 2-1/2
day
Centennial Congress.

The Agenda, as circulated with the meeting papers, was
approved.

The Minutes of the 1993 General Assembly, as circulated in the
Review of International Co-operation, Volume 37, Number 1,
1994,
were approved.

The Director-General reported that 305 official
Representatives
of member organisations had registered for the Congress and
General Assembly, out of a total of 1,219 participants,
thereby
establishing a quorum.

Reports from the Governing Bodies
Reports on regional activities were presented by:

-    Mitsugu Horiuchi, ICA Vice-President (Asia-Pacific)
-    Roberto Rodrigues, ICA Vice-President (Americas)
-    Bernard Wolimbwa, ICA Alternate Vice-President (Africa)
-    Graham Melmoth, ICA Vice-President (Europe)

Pal Bartus, member of the Audit and Control Committee,
presented
the Committee's report, which recommended that the ICA's
Financial Statements for 1993 and 1994 be approved.  Following
an intervention by Alexandra Wilson (Canada), and a
clarification
from the Deputy Director-General about the way in which
subscription control and penalties are applied.

The report and recommendation were approved.

Director-General's Report
Bruce Thordarson highlighted issues from his written report,
contained in the ICA's Annual Report.  He expressed his
appreciation to the ICA staff in the Head Office and Regional
Offices, and on their behalf thanked the retiring President
for
his contributions to the Alliance.

Elections
President Marcus referred to the presentation he had made at
the
Opening Ceremony of Congress, which had traced the evolution
of
ICA during the 11 years of his presidency.  He expressed his
thanks to ICA members, to the ICA staff, and to his wife.

Elections were then held to fill vacant positions on the Board
and on the Audit and Control Committee.

George Money, Chairman of the Co-operative Union of the U.K.,
presented the nomination of Graham Melmoth, Secretary of the
Co-operative Wholesale Society, as President of the ICA.  The
nomination was approved without dissent.

Taking the chair, Mr. Melmoth paid tribute to Mr. Marcus, to
the
other Board members, and to the ICA staff for their
significant
accomplishments during recent years.  He said that the ICA
Board
would hold a planning session in December in order to discuss
future directions.  He emphasised his view that ICA must be a
broadly-based, politically neutral organisation.  The
President
expressed his thanks to the ICA members for their confidence.

The President then introduced the nominees for Vice-President,
as decided by the Regional Assemblies.  The General Assembly
formally elected:

-    Hakaru Toyoda, President of the Central Union of
     Agricultural Co-operatives in Japan, as ICA
Vice-President
     (Asia-Pacific);
-    Bernard Wolimbwa, Chairman of the Uganda Co-operative
     Alliance, as ICA Vice-President (Africa); and
-    Lars Hillbom, Senior Vice-President of KF, Sweden, as ICA
     Vice-President (Europe).

The President introduced Claude Beland, President of the
Desjardins Movement, who had been nominated by the ICA's two
Canadian members.  Mr. Beland was elected to the Board.

Mr. Melmoth presented awards of appreciation to the retiring
Board members: Lars Marcus, Leroy Larsen, Mitsugu Horiuchi,
and
Momodou Dibba (in absentia).

The President reminded delegates that Wilhelm Kaltenborn,
member
of the Executive Board of VdK, Germany, had been nominated to
fill the vacancy on the Audit and Control Committee caused by
the
retirement of Frank Dahrendorf.  Mr. Kaltenborn was elected.
The President then adjourned the meeting.

Guest Presentation
The General Assembly resumed at 09:30 on 23 September.  
President Melmoth introduced Pauline Green, leader of the
socialist group in the European Parliament, who addressed the
meeting.

Reports from the Specialised Bodies
The following representatives of the Specialised Bodies
reported
on their recent activities:

-    Fisheries Committee - Shoji Uemura, Chairman
-    Agriculture Committee - Roberto Rodrigues, the outgoing
     Chairman, who introduced the newly-elected Chairman,
Mario
     Dumais from Canada
-    CICOPA - Yves Regis, Chairman
-    Consumer Committee - M. Ohya, Vice-Chairman
-    Housing Committee - Rolf Trodin, Chairman
-    International Co-operative Banking Association - Claude
     Beland, Chairman, who paid tribute to Terry Thomas, who
had
     retired after seven years as Chairman
-    International Co-operative and Mutual Insurance
     Federation - Hans Dahlberg, Chief Executive
-    INTER-COOP - Steinar Sivertsen, Chairman
-    International Co-operative and Associated Tourism
     Organisation - Michael Grindrod, Chairman
-    Communications Committee - Iain Williamson, Vice-Chairman
-    Research Committee - Sven Ake Book, outgoing Chairman,
who
     introduced the new Chairman, Roger Spear from Britain
-    INCOTEC - Yehudah Paz, who reported that the members'    
     meeting had decided to disband INCOTEC and to establish a
     new ICA Committee on Human Resource Development, of which
     he had been elected Chairman
-    Women's Committee - Katarina Apelqvist, Chairperson, who
     reported that the Committee's name had been changed to
"ICA
     Global Women's Committee"

Dr. S. Kato, Chairman of the Medical Committee of the Japanese
Consumers' Co-operative Union, reported on the Co-operative
Health and Social Care Forum, which had met in Manchester on
18
September, and which had decided to establish a steering
committee with a view to creating a new ICA Specialised Body.

President Melmoth thanked the Specialised Bodies for their
reports, and said that the proposal to establish a new
Specialised Body would be carefully examined by the Board.
Resolutions
The President referred to the discussion which had already
taken
place during the Congress concerning the Board Resolution and
the
Statement on the Co-operative Identity.  The Board's views had
been contained in a memorandum distributed to participants,
dated
18 September. A listing of additional amendments was
distributed.
Natsuko Yuasa of JCCU spoke in favour of an amendment to
retain
the reference to "cultural needs and aspirations" in the
definition of a co-operative.  The Representatives agreed to
accept the Resolution presented by the Board, as well as the
amended version of the Co-operative Identity Statement
(Annexes 1 and 2).

The Resolution presented by the Board regarding the second
Congress theme, Sustainable Human Development, having been
extensively discussed during the Congress, was also approved
(Annex 3).

Per-Olof Jonsson of Sweden spoke in favour of the amendment
proposed by JCCU regarding the Resolution on Co-operative
Democracy.  The amended Resolution was approved (Annex 4).

The President of JCCU, S. Takemoto, spoke in favour of the
Resolution on Peace, which was also approved (Annex 5).

Raija Itkonen, ICA Board member from Finland, spoke in favour
of
the Resolution on Gender Equality in Co-operatives, submitted
by
ICA Europe, which was approved (Annex 6).

The resolutions submitted by the National Co-operative
Business
Association of the USA, regarding Strategic Alliances and Lars
Marcus, were also approved  (Annexes 7 and 8).

Any Other Business
The President reported that the Board had received an
invitation
from Yehudah Paz, on behalf of the co-operative movement in
Israel, to hold the 1997 General Assembly in Tel Aviv.  The
invitation was accepted.

There being no other business, the President thanked the
members
and staff of the Congress Organising Committee, the
participants,
the interpreters, and the ICA staff, and closed the General
Assembly.