The recently organized the 10th ICA Asia Pacific Co-operatives Ministers’ conference in Hanoi from April 18 to 21. The Asia-Pacific Co-operative Ministers’ Conference (APCMC) established in 1990 by the International Cooperative Alliance Asia Pacific(ICA-AP), is a quadrennial event to provide a platform for co-operatives and governments to discuss current and emerging issues and set a common agenda towards establishment of new forms of cooperation.


The backdrop to the conference was the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that sets a course to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. The 2030 Agenda explicitly recognizes co-operative enterprises as important players within the private sector to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Considering this, the 10th APCMC set the theme: “Visioning Ahead to 2030: Promoting Stronger Partnerships between Government and Co-operative Stakeholders in realizing the SDGs.” The conference focused on issues that came out of Regional Consultations in Jakarta and Kathmandu and the Gulf Cooperative Council meeting – (a) Food Sovereignty – role of producers and consumers, (b) New Co-operative Approaches (Innovation), (c) Public-Private partnership, (d) Co-operatives and the Transition from the Informal into the Formal economy, and (e) Enabling Environment (Legislative and Regulatory Frameworks).

So, what did the Ministers and representatives from Ministries say and commit? Read more at: