The meeting brought together 14 ministers from across Africa to focus on ways of supporting the co-operative enterprise model and engaging with governments.
At the opening of the event from 25-26 October, Rwanda’s Prime Minister Dr Pierre Damien Habumuremyi called on participants to increase awareness of co-operatives across Africa and the model’s contribution to development and the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.
He said: “This year of co-operatives has created an opportunity for the global co-operative movement and has allowed Governments worldwide to discuss and take resolutions on the future of co-operatives.”
African governments should also promote the formation and growth of co-operatives among individuals and institutions to address common economic needs, according to the Prime Minister, and policies, laws and regulations to support co-operative formation and growth should be established.
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Source: ICA official website.