Liberia Observes International Day of Cooperatives July 1

first_imgBy Bisi KlahPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by proclamation declared Saturday, July 1, as International Day of Cooperatives to be observed throughout the country as a working holiday.She called on all Liberians as well as international organizations concerned to join the cooperative movement of Liberia through the Cooperative Development Agency (CDA) in executing appropriate programs befitting the observance of the day.Based on the principle of cooperation, cooperatives helped create new ethics and values in business and economics and are important in the world’s economic and social development, said a release from COOP. In 1895 ICA was formed, and since 1927 it observes the first Saturday of July as International Cooperative Day.In 1994 the United Nations recognized and reaffirmed that cooperatives were vital in the world’s economic, social and cultural development. However, two years earlier – on December 16, 1992 – the UN General Assembly proclaimed the first Saturday of July 1995 as the International Day of Cooperatives, marking the centenary of ICA’s establishment.She admonished the CDA to continue to play important roles in the country’s economic and social development which is vital to creating new ethics and sustaining values in business and cultural development.Cooperative enterprises are based on ethics, values, and a set of seven fundamental principles that keep people, rather than profit, at the center of their businesses.Cooperatives can be a self-help tool for people to create their own economic opportunities through the power of the collective and pull themselves out of poverty.They re-invest in communities in which they operate, securing not only the livelihoods of their members but also increasing the wealth of the community as a whole. By being sources of decent work, spaces for democracy and peace building, and an economic force (the top 300 cooperatives alone generate US$2.5 trillion in annual turnover, more than the GDP of France), cooperatives are truly a partner in transforming the world.To create awareness and share cooperative solutions for inclusive development, here, in Liberia, under the auspices of the CDA, the day’s activities will feature a Radio Talk Show.According to the CDA, the discussants, all agricultural experts with a focus on cooperative education, will delve on the topic “Inclusion” as the theme of 2017 International Cooperative Day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgAt a well attended meeting in Glenties last night, the Labour Party selected its local area representative Seamus Rodgers to contest the forthcoming election in the Glenties Area.Seamus Rodgers in typical pose addressing a meeting.Seamus last held a seat there over a decade ago and hopes are high that he will be returning to Lifford now that there is an extra seat up for grabs.A spokesman for the party said “No man deserves the honour more as he is an indefatigable worker for the good of the community.His commitment is total. “He is a member of in excess of twenty organisations.The time and energy involved marks him out as a person of unique character,strength and determination.His work load is never seen as a burden.“Seamus see as a privilege to work for the community and help those who are in need of assistance His contacts at national level and the respect in which he is held there has helped to deliver important services whether it be nursing services on Arranmore or provisions for the handicapped in Dungloe. Seamus is on the go twenty-four seven criss-crossing the county and country doing his utmost to find solutions to problems whether personal or community.“Without his likes we would all be in a much poorer place. He epitomises community spirit at its most wholesome and it would be a fitting tribute if he was given the honour of being their elected representative.”LABOUR CHOOSE VETERAN RODGERS TO STAND FOR ELECTION was last modified: February 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:labourSeamus Rodgerslast_img read more