"In order to strengthen sector specific cooperative networks everyone involved needs to work together", said Christian Miño, president of Argentina's Confederación Nacional de Cooperativas de Trabajo/CNCT (National Confederation of Worker Cooperatives, in English). Specifically, he was speaking in relation to the signing of an agreement with the Universidad Nacional de Lanús/UNLa (Lanús National University, in English), working towards the creation of strong and sustainable cooperative production units in the textile, engineering, construction, food, and communications sectors.
There are a number of planned projects and programmes, including important ventures such as the design of lightweight machinery; a programme for environmental considerations for cooperatives; technical advice for food production; and creating links between cooperative media organisations and radio and TV projects involving UNLa. The agreement aims to develop sector specific strategies (both productive and commercial) centring around: linking intra-network production; providing training to workers to increase levels of professionalism; strengthening management structures (technical, administrative, managerial, and commercial); and drawing up strategies to improve and modernise technologies employed by production units.
"Our colleagues at Lanús National University have experience and knowledge of the sector. They’ve organised the structure of programmes based around specific key areas to ensure the productive development of cooperatives: based on research, training, and planning. If we’re serious about strengthening cooperative networks we must work together, and with concrete actions" added the CNCT president.
On the 28th October, CNCT’s president, Christian Miño, signed the framework agreement with Lanús National University’s (UNLa) chancellor, Ana Jaramillo. Jaramillo made it clear that the agreement was a response to the need to "strengthen links, both horizontally – to ensure scalability, and vertically – to strengthen the sector". According to Jaramillo "the university project is geared towards social issues as well as integration with the community". She went on to explain that the alliance would consist of three fundamental stages: "research, training, and concrete action, all of which must be integrated into the same project to bolster the cooperative movement. This project is not a snapshot – it’s a long list of actions to be completed."
Miño finished by saying: “the signing of the agreement hails a process of mutual learning, of applying all the tools we have at our disposal to accelerate the huge potential for self-management we have in our country. Because productive development won’t happen without proper integration".
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