ICA Board meets in Bulgaria
SOFIA-The President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev inaugurated the opening session of the International Cooperative Alliance [ICA] board meeting that took place from March 7-9, 2023 in Sofia.
The leaders of National Cooperative Organisations from 21 countries appointed as the board members from all ICA regions-Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and Africa attended the meeting.
In his remarks, President Rumen Radev said, “It is a real privilege for me to attend the meeting of the ICA board, of one of the most progressive and social movements in the world.”
“The world cooperative movement not only withstood the turbulent globalisation processes in the economy. What’s more, it has proven that it can be truly sustainable, that it can be a truly social model. And the International Cooperative Alliance is a good example of this,” he added.
Later, the delegates visited the Water Filter Plant and a Specialised Rehabilitation hospital- ZDRAVE run by the Bulgarian Cooperative Union in Sofia with the ICA President Ariel Guarco. They closely interacted with the representatives of the Union.
Besides, they also visited different cooperative stores in Sofia. “Bulgaria Cooperative Union is working towards making citizens self-reliant by giving various types of training through cooperatives,” said Dileepbhai Shanghai while visiting different cooperatives.
The attendees visited cooperatives in health, consumer and service sectors and had a deeper look into Bulgarian history at the National Cooperative Museum.
During the meeting in Sofia, discussions were held on important topics related to the implementation of the priorities set out in the Strategic Plan for the Development of Cooperatives in the Second Cooperative Decade 2030, namely: Popularisation of Cooperative Identity, Growth of the cooperative movement, Cooperation between cooperatives, Cooperatives’ contribution to global sustainable development.
The ICA Board of Directors also adopted the agenda and materials for the upcoming ICA General Assembly to be held on June 28, 2023, in Brussels, Belgium.
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