Bhutan becomes the associate member of International Cooperative Alliance

With due approval from the Royal Government of Bhutan, the Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives (DAMC) becomes the associate member of International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and joins the global cooperative family. The ICA is the apex body of the world’s cooperative movement which acts as the custodian and voice of the cooperative movement worldwide. It is a special support considered to Bhutan’s nascent cooperative movement by ICA which otherwise is rarely considered to government organization like DAMC. The Bhutan’s membership to ICA set a land mark milestone in our cooperative movement.

Bhutan’s Cooperative movement is expected benefit enormously from the ICA and its 271 member organizations around the world from 96 countries. The members of the ICA have the following specific benefits and privileges;

Forum for Inter-cooperation

• Develop business relationships and partnerships with ICA members

• ICA Expo and trade fairs

• Access to the ICA network

• Connection to the global development network

Co-operative Knowledge

• Gain access to ICA as a resource for co-operative expertise, in particular co-operative statistics, information and intelligence

• Participate in capacity building/training programmes

• Exchange of information and technical documents

• Receive and access information on co-operatives including regular publications

• Access member only resources including the ICA Membership Directory, member only information releases, and global co-operative statistics as requested.

Global Voice

• ICA defines and promotes the co-operative difference with media and policy-makers

• ICA represents the co-operative movement in multilateral organisations including the United Nations system, the International Accounting Standards Board, the European Union, and others

• Defence for the co-operative movement with national governments at the request of members

• Participate in the governance of the ICA

To view the letter of acceptance by ICA to DAMC’s associate membership Click Here

-Submitted by: DAMC

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