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Dr. Ariel Guarco, President of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), will visit six countries in Asia from July 21 to August 1. The 12-day official tour will take him to Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Korea and Japan.


President Guarco will meet ICA members, call on Ministers and representatives in charge of cooperatives, and visit cooperatives to gain first-hand understanding of the movement in these countries.


This is his second tour visit to Asia since taking over as President in 2017. In February 2019, he was in India and Vietnam as part of the High-Level Government of Argentina mission led by H.E. Mauricio Macri, President of Aregentina. In 2018, Mr. Ariel Guarco joined 1,000 delegates at the Second Cooperative Congress of Nepal. He has visited China and Japan before assuming the Presidency, as well as Singapore in the capacity of a member of the ICA Board. 


The six countries in Asia are home to some of the oldest and most vibrant cooperative movements in the world. They have a long-standing history of contributing to the economic, social and political development of their countries. Cooperatives from Indonesia, Japan, Korea, and Singapore figure in the World Cooperative Monitor which ranks the Top 300 cooperatives in the world in terms of turnover and turnover/GDP per capita. Cooperatives in these countries are not only improving livelihoods and contributing to the GDP, but also actively contributing to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.


President Guarco will get a deeper insight of the cooperative movements in these countries, know first-hand the ground realities, hear the proposals and needs of members, and facilitate contact with relevant government bodies. His objective is to communicate about cooperatives as people-centred enterprises rooted in the territory and how the ICA is a democratic organization which seeks active participation of its members through the different regions and sectoral organizations to raise awareness. Since being elected as ICA President in November 2017, Mr. Guarco has visited more than 30 countries.