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We're pleased to announce the addition of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives (MCIC) from Kiribati as an Associate Member. MCIC is one of the government ministries established in 1995. Its main functions are to enhance the development of the private sector including cooperatives and credit unions, provide business and cooperative training, auditing of cooperative and credit union societies; enhance the flow of foreign investment; promote and regulate business trade. The Ministry has joined a number of memberships to international bodies and recently received support and approval to join the ICA. There are more than 200 cooperative societies registered in Kiribati. For more information please visit their website- This takes the total of ICA-AP membership to 105 members from 33 countries.