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It is getting bigger and stronger! Two new CICOPA sub-regional organisations were born on the American continent.
On 20th October, CICOPA Mercosur was created as a sub-regional organisation of CICOPA. José Orbaiceta, President of the Worker Cooperative Federation of Argentina (FECOOTRA) was elected as president. The cooperative movement in MERCOSUR –an economic and political agreement among Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay-, unites it forces to strengthen its collaboration. CICOPA members in the four countries had already begun cooperating among themselves since 2008 within the framework of the project “Red del Sur”, with the support of Italian NGO COSPE and of the European Commission.
On 13th October, CICOPA North America was established at the occasion of an historical conference about cooperatives and business succession, which took place in Quebec from 11th to 15th October. Rebecca Kemble (U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, USFWC) was elected president of CICOPA North America. After forming CICOPA-North America, Kemble from the USFWC, Alain Bridault from the Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation, and the presidents of the three Quebec worker cooperative federations, jointly signed the “Quebec Declaration” (http://www.canadianworker.coop/news/worker-co-op-news/quebec-declaration-creation-cicopa-north-america) demonstrating their commitment to work together.
The conference gathered Canadian officials in charge of territorial development, the vice-president of the International Cooperative Alliance, Felice Scalvini, the Secretary General of CICOPA, Bruno Roelants, and several European and South American representatives of the cooperative movement.
These two sub-regional organisations will integrate “CICOPA-Americas”, to be established on 15th November in Cancun.
Photo: Establishment of CICOPA North America
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