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The ICA-AP Malaysia Business Office (ICA-AP MBO), ICA Committee on Consumer Cooperation for Asia and Pacific (ICA-AP Consumer Committee), Malaysian National Co-operative Movement (ANGKASA) and the Japanese Consumers' Co-operative Union (JCCU) jointly organized the Sustainable Development Goals Seminar on September 4 and 5, 2019 at Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The seminar focused on "SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth". The theme of the seminar was chosen as it resonated with the theme of this year’s International Day of Cooperatives; " COOPS 4 DECENT WORK."

 

The  two day event was attended by more than 70 delegates including representatives from 20 member organizations of  ICA-AP, Malaysian cooperative leaders, staff, invited guests and resource persons. The seminar began with a welcome address by Mr. Balasubramanian Iyer, Regional Director of ICA-AP and Mr. Haruyoshi Amano, Chairperson of ICA-AP Consumer Committee and Manager, International Department of JCCU.

 

The delegates pose for a group photo.

 

 

 

Mr. Ariffin Mamat, Director General, Cooperative Institute of Malaysia, presented a paper on economic growth of the cooperative sector and introduced activities conducted by Malaysian cooperatives towards implementation of the SDGs. Datuk HJ Mohamad Ali B Hasan, Vice President, ANGKASA, spoke about the problems of unemployment worldwide and introduced ANGKASA’s programs for job creation and support to entrepreneurship. Datin Seri Paduka Dr. Hajah Jamilah Binti Din, Board of Directors, Co-op Bank Pertama, delivered a paper on the contribution of financial cooperatives in Malaysia towards SDG 8.  

 

The lectures were followed by a special study session conducted by Mr. Hyungsik Eum, Strategy and Statistics Coordinator, ICA, covering the concept, understanding and measurement of SDG 8, and how cooperatives are contributing towards it. Ms. Heira Hardiyanti, Cooperative Consultant, Dekopin, Indonesia, presented a paper on building decent work and economic growth of Indonesian cooperatives.

 

On the second day, the delegates visited the National Land Finance Co-op Society Limited (Koperasi NLFCS BHD) in Kuala Lumpur. NLFCS is ranked 6th of the top 100 cooperatives in Malaysia for 2018. Dato' Raj Somasundram, CEO, NLFCS, presented an overview of NLFCS and the involvement of the cooperative in the SDGs.