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Center Links to International Cooperative Conference, Hosts International Groups

Organizers from the Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia invited UWCC's Brent Hueth to participate in their conference on "Public Policy, Rural Development, and Cooperatives" held in Cartagena, Colombia, July 24-25, 2012.

The conference brought together participants from the Americas and Europe to discuss the public policy frameworks that support cooperative business activity in the respective countries.

Several international groups have visited the Center recently, in order to learn about successes and challenges in each other’s cooperative sectors. A delegation of 11 dairy cooperatives from Argentina visited the United States this spring to meet with leaders from industry, government, and universities. Led by Alejandro Galetto, the group included representatives from SanCor, Argentina's largest dairy cooperative, and 10 other smaller cooperatives that account for about 18% of Argentina's total milk production. The delegration was exploring U.S. examples of collaborations between cooperatives that might be applicable to the Argentinian dairy sector.

A three-person delegation from Indonesia visited the Center in September, as part of a fact-finding trip to learn about the U.S. cooperative sector, good governance practices and challenges, and the statutory and legal tools that support cooperative operations.

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