Asia-Pacific research conference looks at co-operative governance and participation

28 Dec 2015

Fifty-four delegates from Australia, India, Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines attended the 10th Regional Cooperative Research Conference of the Asia Pacific region. The event took place in Pune, India on 5-6 November.

The conference looked at the governance of co-operatives and features 30 presentations from researchers from across the region. They looked at a variety of governance related issues, including the role of the board and the executive, co-operative leadership and the legal environment. The research papers presented at the conference will be reviewed and some will be included in a book that will be published in the near future.

In his inaugural speech, Dr Chandrapal Singh Yadav, member of parliament for Rajya Sabha and President of the National Co-operative Union of India (NCUI), highlighted the need for co-operatives to emerge as autonomous entities created and operated by members. He provided a historical background of the contribution of co-operatives in India and added that co-operatives held different segments of the economy on a balanced footing.