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ICA-AP Forum on Development of Co-operatives in Pacific Islands

& Observance of International Day of Co-operatives 2018

July 5-7, 2018. Port Vila, Republic of Vanuatu

 

 

PACIFIC FORUM ON DEVELOPMENT OF CO-OPERATIVES

 

The International Cooperative Alliance – Asia and Pacific (ICA-AP) Forum on Development of Co-operatives in Pacific Islands [The Pacific Forum] is being organized on July 5 & 6, 2018 at Hotel Holiday Inn, Port Vila, Republic of Vanuatu. The Forum is an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas & knowledge on development of co-operatives and to integrate co-operatives and representative organizations in the Pacific region.  The basic purpose of this initiative is to  bring together all our members on a common platform to share, inform, learn, network and explore ways and means to develop and strengthen the coop movement in their respective countries as well as in the region. The Forum will also mark the 2018 International Day of Co-operatives (#CoopsDay2018) on 7 July 2018 with local co-operators in Vanuatu. Responsible Consumption and Production is the ICA slogan for #CoopsDay2018 and will complement the exposition of products produced by co-operatives in Vanuatuan.

 

The Forum is being organized in partnership with Alliance member Office of the Registrar of Co-operatives and Business Development Services (ORCBDS), Government of the Republic of Vanuatu, and the ICA-EU Partnership on Co-operatives in Development: People Centered Businesses in Action.

 

Programme Schdule

 

Opening Ceremony

Speakers

 

Welcome Address

Mr. Joseph Ridley, Director & Registrar, ORCBDS

Mr. Balu Iyer, Regional Director, ICA-AP

 

Speeches

 

Mr. Donglin Li, Director

ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries

H.E. Mr. Wera Mori, Minister of Trade, Commerce and Industry, PNG

Mr. Peter Eafeare, Deputy Director General, MSG

Hon. Bob Loughman,  Deputy Prime Minister and  Minister of Tourism, Trade, Commerce & Ni-Vanuatu Business

 

Appreciation

 

Ms. Savitri Singh, Program Director, ICA-AP

 

SESSION ONE

Chair: Mr. Craig Presland, CEO Co-operative Business New Zealand  (CNBZ)

State of Co-operatives in Pacific Islands

Country status paper on co-operatives that reflects the current state, issues, challenges and opportunities. Presenters are encouraged to share information backed by data and examples. Presentations to be followed by Q&A

 

Presentations by representatives of co-operatives/institutions

Mrs. Kammari Betiota, Director, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Co-operatives (MCIC),Government of Kiribati, Tarawa

Mr. Stephen Sallun, OCS, PNG

Mr. Benjamin Inukoru, Registrat of Co-operatives Solomon Islands, Samoa

Mr. Tony Sewen, Chairman, ORCBDS, Vanuatu

 

SESSION- TWO

Group Discussion and Report

Three Groups to reflect on the presentations made during Session 1

Facilitators: ICAAP, VANGO and ORCBDS (Vanuatu)

Synthesising Needs and Development Challenges of Co-operatives in Pacific Islands

Group discussion on main needs and challenges  co-operatives face in the Pacific region, and main steps ICA-AP can take to influence change. 

 

Short Introduction to ILO Tools

(Think.Coop; Start.coop; Accelerate.coop & Manage.Coop) via Video

Ms. Andrea Davila, ILO Expert, Geneva

 

SESSION THREE

Chair: Mr. Balu Iyer, Regional Director, ICA-AP

ICA & Co-operative Development in the Pacific Islands

ICA-AP members work on a range of cross-cutting sectors and issues. The presentations will cover the work of ICA-AP and members in the areas of agriculture, consumer, fisheries, women and youth.

 

Presentations by ICA Members in the AP region: (Subject to Confirmations)

 

ICA Development initiatives by Ms. Savitri Singh, Program Director, ICA-AP

 

Ms. Alexandra Horden, Business development by Business and Council of Co-operatives & Mutuals, Australia

 

Mr. Craig Presland, CEO Co-operative Business New Zealand  (CNBZ)

 

Mr. Rudra Bhattarai & Ms. Meena Pokhrel, National Agricultural Co-operative Central Federation, (NACCFL) Nepal

 

Ms. Siti Nurul Aini, Chairperson Indonesian Women's Co-operative (KOPWANI), Dewan Koperasi Indonesia (DEKOPIN)

 

SESSION FOUR

Chair: Mr. Tony Sewen, Chairman, ORCBDS, Vanuatu

Co-operatives in International Development

Cases and Interventions by International Development Actors in the Pacific Islands

 

Ms. Ekta Singh, PIANGO

Mr.Donglin Li, Director ILO

Mr. David Hopa Programme Manager Economic Development , MSG

Ms. Anne Pakoa, Founder and Secretariat, Vanuatu Human Rights Coalition and Board of Director, VANGO

Mr. Balu Iyer, ICA-AP

 

SESSION FIVE: Group Discussion

 

Synthesising Needs and Development Challenges of Co-operatives in Pacific Islands

 

Chief moderator:  Ms. Alexandra Hordern,  BCCM Australia

Aided by Mr. Joseph Ridley, ORCBDS; Mr. Santosh Kumar, ICA-AP

Group discussion on main needs and challenges  co-operatives face in the Pacific region, and main steps ICA-AP can take to influence change.

 

Closing Ceremony

Report and recommendations

Closing address by

Regional Director, ICA-AP

Deputy Prime Minister and  Minister of Tourism, Trade, Commerce & Ni-Vanuatu Business

 

 

 

Event start date:
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Event end date:
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Venue: Vanuatu