Cooperators to attend inaugural stakeholders’ conference next week

Cooperative movement stakeholders are expected to attend a three-day inaugural Cooperative Movement Stakeholders Annual conference scheduled to be held in Mombasa between June 13-15, 2023 to discuss the progress and achievements of the movement in Kenya.

The conference, whose theme will be ‘Cooperative Business model for Socio-economic Transformation, will focus on how various sectors of the movement boost economic development.

Co-operatives & MSMEs Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui is expected to open the conference.

Principal Secretary State department for Co-operatives Patrick Kilemi will highlight the government’s priorities for the co-operative movement in the 2023/2024 financial year.

Kilemi will preside over the awards of certificates and officiate the closing ceremony.

Commissioner for Cooperative Development David Obonyo will highlight the preservation and promotion of the cooperative identity through legal and regulatory framework.

Obonyo has been advocating and encouraging cooperative societies to ensure they strictly stick to the laws governing the cooperative movement for the benefit of coop members and the growth of the institutions.

Cooperative Bank of Kenya Managing Director and Group CEO Dr Gideon Muriuki will highlight leveraging technology for socio-economic inclusion in the cooperative movement.

International Labour Organisation (ILO) officer Caroline Njuki will highlight ILO approach to cooperatives as a pathway to job creation.

Deputy chief of Party ACDI/VOCA Simon Muli will present issues on news frontiers for the cooperative movement in Arid and Semi-Arid Land (ASAL) areas.

Prof Esther Githeru will talk of the contribution of the cooperative business model in development practices and opportunities and its impact to the development and growth of cooperative movement in the country.

ICA Africa Regional Director and CEO Dr. Chigoye Sifa will give a talk on Unchartered territory: Expanding the Co-operative enterprise in East and Central African Region.

Co-operative University of Kenya (CUK) Vice Chancellor Prof. Kamau Ngamau will deliver closing remarks.

Prof. Wycliffe Oboka from CUK will highlight the overview of the financial inclusion Fund and the Leadership and Integrity Course for co-operative leaders.

CUK representative Dr. Lydia Mutua will highlight the facilitative role of cooperative development in the country.

Players from agricultural and value chain sector, financial, transport, housing, diary and mining and blue economy cooperatives will also share their experiences.

Through the conference, they will learn from one another and get strong ideals to push the cooperative movement to greater heights.

By Peter Otuoro

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