April 18-21: The Hon’ble Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture & Forests (MOAF), Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, participated in the 10th Asia-Pacific Cooperative Minister’s Conference on Visioning ahead to 2030; “Promoting Stranger Partnership between Government and Cooperative Stakeholders in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals” at Hanoi, Vietnam.
Established in 1990, by the International Co-op Alliance Asia Pacific (ICA-AP), it is a quadrennial event organized to provide a platform for co-ops and government to discuss current and emerging issues and set a common agenda towards the establishment of new forms of cooperation between government and cooperative.
Presenting his statement on the status of the cooperative movement in Bhutan during the third day of the conference, the Hon’ble Minister conveyed his good wishes to the government and people of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and expressed his appreciation to the ICA-AP for the support especially the capacity building support extended to Bhutan thus far and iterated the need for further co-operation particularly in the areas of co-op capacity building and in networking with other co-operative entities; and support in emerging issues in other areas.
Currently, Bhutan has 52 Cooperatives and 342 Farmers Groups operating mostly in the Renewal Natural Resource (RNR) sector. The Hon’ble Minister was accompanied by the Director General of the Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives (DAMC), who is also the ex officio Registrar of Co-operatives in Bhutan and Officiating Chief of the Cooperatives Development Division (CDD).
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