Introduction

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                         APRIL 1997

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                    ICA SPECIALISED BODIES
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The following information sheets present the activities of the
specialised bodies of the International Co-operative Alliance.
You will also find names and addresses of the Chairman and
Secretary of the specialised bodies.

For any further information please contact the ICA
Communication Department at the following address:

     International Co-operative Alliance
     15, route des Morillons, 1218 Grand-Saconnex/Geneva,
     Switzerland
     Phone:    41-22-9298888
     Fax:      41-22-7984122
     Email:    info@coop.org

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                    ICA SPECIALISED BODIES
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The ICA brings together, at international level, co-operatives
of different kinds such as consumer, financial, agricultural,
industrial and housing co-operatives. Many of its member
organisations who are involved in the same field of activities
have established specialised organisations and committees to
discuss concerns of common interest, exchange views, and
promote collaboration. Such co-operation between ICA members
began in 1922 with the founding of the International
Co-operative Insurance Comittee, now called the International
Co-operative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF).

Following the 30th ICA Congress in Tokyo in 1992, these
organisations were re-named specialised bodies. Article 24 of
the ICA Rules specifies the conditions for their establishment
and operation.

                    LIST OF SPECIALISED BODIES
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SPECIALISED ORGANISATIONS

     -    International Co-operative Agricultural Organisation
          (ICAO)
     -    International Organisation of Industrial, Artisanal
          and Service Producers' Co-operatives (CICOPA)
     -    International Co-operative Consumer Organisation
          (ICCO)
     -    International Co-operative Fisheries Organisation
          (ICFO)
     -    ICA Housing Organisation (ICAHO)
     -    International Co-operative Banking Association
          (ICBA)
     -    International Co-operative Energy Organisation
          (ICEO)
     -    International Co-operative and Mutual Insurance
          Federation (ICMIF)
     -    International Organisation for Consumer Co-operative
          Distributive Trade (INTER-COOP)
     -    International Co-operative and Associated Tourism
          Organisation (TICA)
     -    International Co-operative Health Organisation
          (ICHO)


SPECIALISED COMMITTEES

     -    ICA Global HRD Committee (HRD)   
     -    ICA Communications Committee (ICACC)
     -    ICA Women's Committee (GWA)
     -    ICA Committee on Co-operative Research (ICACCR)