Special Assembly in Manchester for the ICA

An Extraordinary General Assembly is set to be convened by the International Co-operative Alliance next year.

An Extraordinary General Assembly is set to be convened by the International Co-operative Alliance next year. Ahead of the expiration of a four year strategy that was formed at the General Assembly in Rome in 2008, the ICA is to build upon that strategy at the Manchester event in the UK. The event will coincide with the International Year's closing ceremony at the Co-operative World Festival and Expo event from October 29th-November 3rd. The 2008 Assembly led to the formation of the Global Leadership team, comprised of the ICA Director-General and Regional Directors. It also decided the ICA headquarters would move from Geneva to Brussels. That four-year strategic plan expires at the end of 2012, and the Assembly is looking to adopt a new vision from 2013.  Delegates agreed that the plan should propel ICA from the opportunity of the International Year of Co-operatives towards a vision of co-operative growth through the remaining decade. A post International Year planning group will also be established to determine whether the ICA can be established as a co-operative under Belgian law when it moves to Brussels. The Group will also consider recommendations to amend the subscription formula and that a report on these three items be made to the General Assembly for approval at an Extraordinary session in Manchester. Charles Gould, Director-General, of the ICA said "The Board will establish a Post-IYC Planning Group to initiate a consultation process with members to determine whether ICA should be established under Belgian law as a co-operative or as an association; and that the Planning Group also draft a strategic plan to take effect 1 January 2013; and that the Planning Group also consider recommendations to amend the subscription formula and that a report on these three items be made to the General Assembly for approval at an Extraordinary session in late October and early November 2012 in Manchester, UK in conjunction with the ICA Expo and a World Co-operative Congress."

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