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The Second ICA-AP Cooperative Registrars’ Forum on “Creating Enabling Legal Framework and Policies to Promote Sustainable Development of Co-operatives in the 21st Century,” will be held from April 16-19, 2019, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The Theme for the Forum is: Creating Enabling Legal Framework and Policies to Promote Sustainable Development of Co-operatives in the 21st Century. The Forum will deliberate on trends in the 21st century and its impact on co-operatives; ascertain legislation and policies that affect co-operatives in relations to new and emerging areas; exchange knowledge and best cases in creation of an enabling environment; collaboration between government and the cooperative movement in addressing current socio-economic issues and working towards implementation of the SDGs. 




The Forum will be attended by registrars, government representatives, ICA-AP member organizations, international agencies, CSOs and cooperators from Vietnam. Presentations will be made by eminent speakers on the main themes of the Forum:


Session 1- Status of Co-operative Development in the 21st  Century 



Topic-Status of global efforts to consolidate statistics on co-operatives

Mr. Chang-Hee Lee, Director, ILO Country Office for Vietnam




Topic-Co-operatives and Producer Organizations in the Asia-Pacific

Ms. Kaore Abe, Programme Officer (Partnership and Resource Mobilization) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Food and Agriculture Organization


Session 2: National Statements on Regulation, Governance and Status of Co-operatives

Leg 1: Efforts by the State in promoting inclusive co-operative societies




Topic- Co-operatives and Producer Organizations in the Asia-Pacific

Mr. Hyungsik Eum, Strategy and Statistics Coordinator, ICA-EU Partnership,  International Cooperative Alliance


Leg 2: Co-operatives in promotion of sustainable food systems & production



Mr. Abhilaksh Likhi, Joint Secretary and Central Registrar, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, India.



Ms. Tshering Wangmo, Chief Marketing Officer, DAMC, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan.


Leg 3: Increasing employment and entrepreneurship through co-operatives



Topic: Report on new generation cooperatives and ease of doing business

Mr. Krishnagopal GV, Executive Director, Access Livelihood Consulting, India




Mrs. Meriam binti Mat Nor, Deputy Executive Chairman, Malaysia Cooperative Societies Commission, Malaysia.


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