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During the 13th ICA-AP Regional Assembly


The 13th Regional Assembly, 10th Co-operative Forum and related events were held from November 26-30, 2018 in Tehran, Iran. More than 300 delegates from across 18 countries attend the events.  The Assembly approved/adopted several resolutions which included a declaration from the 10th Co-operative Forum, amendment to the change in name of Campus/University Committee to ICA-AP Committee on Educational Institutions and to the rules regarding co-option of Chair of ICA-AP Women Committee to the Regional Board.


The opening ceremony was attended by over 500 delegates from Iran and the region.  Dr. Ali Larijani, Speaker of Parliament and Mr. Mohammad Shariatmadari, Minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare graced the Opening Ceremony. Mr. Farhad Dezhpasand, Minister of Economy, addressed the closing ceremony.


The theme of the 10th Cooperative Forum was, “Co-operatives Help Economies become more Resilient and Sustainable.” The role of co-operatives in building a resilient and sustainable society across the Asia-Pacific region was brought out through presentations and discussions.  The Resolution adopted by the Regional Assembly acknowledges the diversity of experience and approaches in the Asia-Pacific region and calls on co-operatives to enhance efforts to collect and disseminate data, work with governments to collectively build an enabling environment, promote inclusive development, embrace  technology and new emerging areas, strengthen capacities of co-operatives, and build mutually beneficial and sustainable partnership with State-actors, especially in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals.


We would like to thank Mr. Bahman Abdollahi, President Iran Chamber of Cooperatives and his team and members from Iran for the wonderful arrangements made and their warm and generous hospitality!


More details to follow in the next newsletter.