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VI Summit of the Americas committed to strengthening cooperatives

3 May 2012

The OAS (Organization of American States) has recently published the documents adopted by the heads of state during the VI Summit of the Americas celebrated from 14 to 15 April, in Cartagena, Colombia.

The International Cooperative Alliance -recognized by the OAS as a representative body of the civil society- was represented by the Executive President of Confecoop and the Executive Director or Ascoop, who actively participated of the Social Stakeholders Forum: Poverty and Inequality.

They advised the governments in the Americas to recognize cooperatives, mutual and other associative groups as enterprises which contribute to social and economic development, social inclusion and solidarity, promote participation within the community, and help alleviate poverty and inequality.

Along with the final documents of the Summit, there is one entitled: “Mandates derived from the VI Summit of the Americas” in which the heads of stated committed to:

“Promoting economic growth with equity and social inclusion by means of strengthening cooperatives, micro, small and medium enterprises, including cultural industries and social economy initiatives” in the countries of the Americas.

It is very important for the cooperative movement to have been acknowledged in this way by the governments in the region. This ratifies the work of millions of cooperators trying to reach a more egalitarian society.

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