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Committee of Cooperatives of Industrial, Artisanal and Service Production of Cooperatives of the Americas (CICOPA AMERICAS)


WHAT IS CICOPA AMERICAS?

It is the Regional Sectoral Organization of the Cooperatives of Industrial, Artisanal Production and Cooperative Services of the Americas. It is a consultative organism of the Regional Administration Council of Cooperatives of the Americas.

CICOPA-Americas functions as an institutional, economic, social, cultural, pedagogical and scientific representation of cooperatives in the production or associated work cooperative sector.

CICOPA-Americas functions as an institutional, economic, social, cultural, pedagogical and scientific representation of cooperatives in the production or associated work cooperative sector.

Objectives

Provide permanent support to the sector of associated work cooperatives in the region; gathers, represents, develops and defends its members in matters of a sectoral nature.

Serve as a consultation body for the Cooperative Bodies of the Americas, in those matters and problems that concern the associated work cooperatives of the region.

Being a support for the Regional Board of Directors of Cooperatives of the Americas in the defense and articulation with government and international entities that issue accounting, financial, supervision, regulation and legislation standards that affect worker cooperatives.

To be a space for discussion, analysis, and exchange among worker cooperatives in the Americas, to increase the competitiveness of their organizations.

Serve as a link and facilitate useful communication for all its members, allowing the constant flow of information. 

Promote business and commercial development of the activity of worker cooperatives in the Americas.

Support the development of initiatives that promote the creation of associated work cooperatives in the countries of the region.

Facilitate an effective link between worker cooperatives in the Americas.

Carry out actions and research work on all economic, financial, social and legal matters related to the operation and development of worker cooperatives.

Represent its members, by delegation of the Regional Board of Cooperatives of the Americas, before regional integration institutions and other international institutions, as well as before authorities and institutions that have some relationship with the interests of its members.

Maintain close coordination with CICOPA and with the Cooperatives of the Americas.

Topics on the CICOPA Americas Agenda

social alliances

Integration and mutual knowledge between CTA of the continent and sub-regions.

Involve (be) the wide field of social organizations of the continent for development alternatives.

Mutual support CICOPA-Americas and COFIA as an organization of the financial cooperative sector.

National regulatory frameworks

There is a lack of adequate regulation that ignores the cooperative nature and the associated work model.

Lack or deficient control and supervision of false CTAs.

Support for legislative initiatives to include and develop the specific legal framework for CTA.

Influence on public policies

Specific public policies that include at least:
   • financial support according to the specificity of CTA
   • local public policies to promote
   • technical advice and training
   • specific quotas for state purchases; among other.

Internalization of the MERCOSUR cooperative statute.

Encouragement of the development of inter-cooperative linkages in the region


Board of Directors 2022-2026