Cooperativas de las Américas
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Montevideo
Participate in the IV Co-operative
Summit of the Americas
Co- operatives: Working Together
for Sustainable Development
The 2016 major continental
event for co-operatives
More than 800 participants from
within and outside the region
More than 30 meetings, workshops, forums,
conferences and working sessions
Be part of a
global movement
Participate in the definition of strategies
for co-operatives in the region
Learn from the experiences of other
co-operatives and organizations in your sector
Help to highlight the contribution
of co-operatives to the sustainable development
Identify new approaches and solutions
to the challenges of your co-operative
Learn about the latest thinking and trends
on sustainable development
Establish partnership and collaboration agreements
with like-minded organizations
Develop and reinforce
a positive attitude towards change
Share your personal and
organizational experiences

The IV Co-operative Summit of the Americas will gather in Montevideo, Uruguay more than 800 co-operators and other stakeholders related to the activity of the co-operative sector in the region, to work together on identifying common initiatives, proposals and strategies on three main thematic areas: economic, social and political situation in the region; strengthening of Social and Solidarity Economy; and contribution of co-operatives to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, through an extensive five days programme of activities.

Invitation

Co-operatives of the Americas, a region of the International Co-operative Alliance, as the major organization of co-operative integration of the Americas, together with the Uruguayan Confederation of Co-operative Entities (Confederación Uruguaya de Entidades Cooperativas, CUDECOOP) and member organizations of the Alliance in Uruguay, are convening the co-operative movement and other organizations of the social economy of the region to participate in the IV Co-operative Summit of the Americas: "Co-operatives: Working Together for Sustainable Development", to be held at the Hotel Radisson Montevideo from November 14 to 18, 2016.

This Co-operative Summit is an effort of the regional co-operative movement to analyze the current situation, discuss proposals and define joint initiatives for the development of the co-operative movement and the international community. As part of the process of analysis, pre-conference activities will be conducted in several countries in the region, as well as discussions on social networks, which will offer insights and serve as input to the proposals of the November event in Montevideo.

The motto of the IV Co-operative Summit of the Americas: "Co-operatives: Working Together for Sustainable Development", summarizes the purpose of the event, which is to strengthen co-operative organizations from a social and entrepreneurial standpoint to serve as a basis for sustainable development.

Co-operative Summits of the Americas

A "summit" is usually understood as a meeting with the purpose of making proposals or analyzing situations from the context. Since 2009, Cooperatives of the Americas has organized the Regional Cooperative Summits with the aim of promoting opportunities for in-depth discussion, thus enabling agreements and conclusions that are translated into a Final Declaration of the member organizations. The Final Declaration seeks to promote changes in cooperative organizations, as well as contribute to improving the quality of life of its associates and the population in general.

Each summit has been organized according to the specific interests of the cooperative movement and its relationship with other sectors. These activities are the culmination of a preparatory stage that aims to raise awareness in the different countries that accept the challenge of organizing nationwide consultation seminars.

The summits are international meetings of decision-makers from the cooperatives, both at management and operational levels, but they also involve people related to the everyday work of the sector's organizations who are responsible for the implementation of activities in specific and / or strategic areas, as well as representatives of academia and civil society organizations, among others.

Additionally, summits have become a space for reflection and advocacy, through meetings of parliamentarians with the intention of promoting public policies, strategies and regulatory frameworks that will strengthen the cooperative movements in the region. For the same purpose, meetings are also organized with the participation of promotion, regulation, supervision and co-financing agencies.

Previous editions

  • 2009

    I Summit
    "The Cooperative Model: Response to global crises"
    Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

  • 2012

    II Summit
    "Sustainable Development with Social Equity in the Cooperative Model"
    Panama City, Panama

  • 2014

    III Summit
    "Integration that Generates a Social Change"
    Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Objectives of the IV Summit

General Objective

Strengthening cooperative organizations from a social and entrepreneurial standpoint as the basis for sustainable development.

Specific Objectives

1. Understand the economic, social and political situation in the Region of the Americas and its influence on cooperative and social economy organizations.

2. Analyze the situation and the relations of the organizations of the social and solidarity economy in different countries of the Region of the Americas.

3. Analyze the Sustainable Development Goals (2030 Agenda of the UN) and the contribution of cooperatives in their implementation.

Expected Results

1. Proposed guidelines to be considered by the cooperative movement to reinvigorate the political action of cooperatives against the increasing power of corporations in the markets and states of the region.

2. A proposal for regional action by the cooperative movement to strengthen the partnership with other actors in the social economy.

3. Proposed guidelines of a strategy for monitoring by the cooperative movement of the Sustainable Development Goals (at regional and national level).

Thematic Axes

To organize the exchange, contributions, discussion and conclusions regarding the main issue to be addressed at the Fourth Co-operative Summit of the Americas three main axes were defined as well as some sub-thematic axes for each of them.

Axis 1

Power, market, democracy and development

1. Review and renewal of the concept of "development" and its practice in cooperatives.

2. Conformism, reaction and resistance of cooperatives against the power of the State and the Market.

3. Market ideology: Competition in cooperatives. Contradiction or necessary evil?

Axis 2

SOCIAL AND SOLIDARITY ECONOMY. STRENGTHENING STRATEGIES

1. Shared values and practices as a bridge to a mutually beneficial relationship between the cooperative movement and other organizations of the SSE.

2. Renewal of cooperative tradition and management with the notions of Good Living, Common Good and Economy for Life and what this means for cooperative management.

3. Are we in a transition to a different economy?

Axis 3

Contribution of Cooperatives to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

1. Influence of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on cooperatives and viceversa.

2. Cooperatives in national and regional partnerships for advocacy and implementation of Sustainable Development Goals.

METHODOLOGY

The Co-operative Summits of the Americas involve a process with several stages or phases including not only the face-to-face meeting of the participants at the main event, but also a preliminary phase and an equally important subsequent one for achieving the intended purposes of the activity.

The summit should be regarded as a process, which starts with the preliminary activities of exchange and discussion, is strengthened by the organized and joint efforts of the Working Groups, becomes embodied in the Final Declaration, to then continue with the implementation of actions in a consensual manner in the region of the Americas. It ends with monitoring of the agreements and resolutions, which are adopted in various ways at the national level and by each member cooperative.

Phase I:
Preparation and awareness

Phase II:
Holding of the Summit

Phase III:
Final Declaration follow-up

PROGRAMME

Monday November 14, 2016

08:00 - 18:00
Radisson Hotel - Registration area

All Summit participants can register (if they didn't before) and pick up the briefcase with the corresponding materials and the certificate of participation in the event.

09:00 - 18:00
Radissson Hotel - Room: Salón Florida

65th Co-operatives of the Americas Board Ordinary Meeting. Only for Board members and special guests. NOTE: The first part of the meeting will be held on Sunday November 13th. from 14:30 to 18:00.

Tuesday November 15, 2016

08:00 - 18:00
Radisson Hotel - Registration area

All Summit participants can register (if they didn't before) and pick up the briefcase with the corresponding materials and the certificate of participation in the event.

09:00 - 09:10
Radisson Hotel - Gran Ballroom

Welcome message to all participants in the IV Cooperative Summit of the Americas.

09:10 - 10:00
Radisson Hotel - Gran Ballroom
Simultaneous translation

Panorama of the world cooperative movement and its role in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)
Ramon Imperial Zuniga, President of Cooperatives of the Americas

10:30 - 12:30
Radissson Hotel - Conference Room 4th Floor

Workshop on Theme 1 of the IV Co-operative Summit of the Americas: Power, market, democracy and development. Attendees can choose on which of the three Workshops want to participate.

10:30 - 12:30
Radissson Hotel - Room: Gran Ballroom & Salón Florida

Workshop on Theme 2 of the IV Co-operative Summit of the Americas: Social and Solidarity Economy and strategies for its strengthtening. Attendees can choose on which of the three Workshops want to participate.

10:30 - 12:30
Radissson Hotel - Room: Gran Ballroom & Salón Picasso

Workshop on Theme 3 of the IV Co-operative Summit of the Americas: Contribution of cooperatives to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Attendees can choose on which of the three Workshops want to participate.

10:30 - 17:30
Radissson Hotel - Room: Salón Renoir

VI Meeting of Institutions for Co-operative Promotion, Development, Supervision and Credit. Closed activity (by invitation only).

14:00 - 17:30
Radissson Hotel - Conference Room 4th Floor

Continuation of Workshop on Theme 1 of the IV Co-operative Summit of the Americas: Power, market, democracy and development. Attendees can choose on which of the three Workshops want to participate.
Coffee break: 16:00 - 16:30.

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14:00 - 17:30
Radissson Hotel - Room: Gran Ballroom & Salón Florida

Continuation of Workshop on Theme 2 of the IV Co-operative Summit of the Americas: Social and Solidarity Economy and strategies for its strengthtening. Attendees can choose on which of the three Workshops want to participate.
Coffee break: 16:00 - 16:30.

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14:00 - 17:30
Radissson Hotel - Room: Gran Ballroom & Salón Picasso

Continuation of Workshop on Theme 3 of the IV Co-operative Summit of the Americas: Contribution of cooperatives to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Attendees can choose on which of the three Workshops want to participate.
Coffee break: 16:00 a 16:30.

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19:00 - 22:00
Auditorio Nacional Adela Reta

Opening Ceremony of the IV Co-operative Summit of the Americas and Welcoming Ceremony for New Members of the International Co-operative Alliance in the Americas region.

Wednesday November 16, 2016

08:00 - 18:00
Radisson Hotel - Registration area

All Summit participants can register (if they didn't before) and pick up the briefcase with the corresponding materials and the certificate of participation in the event.

09:00 - 10:30
Radisson Hotel - Gran Ballroom
Simultaneous translation

First Keynote Speech of the IV Co-operative Summit of the Americas. Subject and speaker: TBC.

11:00 - 18:30
Hotel Holiday Inn - Room: Salón Nueva York
Simultaneous translation

Antecedentes

El Derecho Cooperativo constituye una materia de creciente interés en el Continente y en el mundo en general. La Alianza Cooperativa Internacional (ACI) le brinda una preferente atención manifestada en la inclusión de los marcos legales como uno de los cinco ejes del Plan para la Década Cooperativa aprobado en 2012 y la creación del Comité de Derecho Cooperativo a escala mundial.

Por otra parte, en el ámbito continental americano se han realizado varios Congresos Continentales en distintos países, los que hicieron importantes aportes al progreso de la legislación y al desarrollo de los estudios del Derecho Cooperativo en el Continente. El último de ellos se realizó en Guarujá (Brasil) en 0ctubre de 2013.

II Congreso Continental de Derecho Cooperativo

El Congreso Continental de Derecho Cooperativo se realizará del 16 al 18 de noviembre de 2016 en Montevideo en el marco de la Cumbre Cooperativa de las Américas convocada por Cooperativas de las Américas.

En esta oportunidad, coincidentemente con el Congreso tendrá lugar el I Foro Internacional de Derecho Cooperativo que, organizado por el Comité de Derecho Cooperativo de la ACI, reunirá a expertos y académicos de distintas partes del mundo, principalmente europeos, que analizarán los problemas y tendencias del Derecho Cooperativo a escala global.

La convocatoria está dirigida a los abogados vinculados al quehacer cooperativo en sus distintas manifestaciones, profesores y estudiosos de la materia, magistrados y funcionarios de organismos públicos relacionados con las cooperativas. También podrán participar dirigentes del movimiento cooperativo especialmente invitados.

Objetivos y desarrollo

El Congreso se propone analizar los asuntos de mayor relevancia teórica y práctica del Derecho Cooperativo en los países del Continente en la hora actual sobre la base de un amplio intercambio entre los participantes.

El desarrollo prevé la exposición de calificados especialistas sobre los distintos temas y el análisis y discusión de las ponencias que los participantes podrán presentar sobre los temas incluidos en el temario.

El Congreso tendrá lugar en el Hotel Holiday Inn de Montevideo y se desarrollará en forma conjunta con el I Foro Internacional de Derecho Cooperativo. Las sesiones de ambos encuentros se realizarán en forma sucesiva de manera que los participantes puedan asistir a todas ellas.

Todas las sesiones contarán con traducción simultánea inglés/español y viceversa.

Temario

Los temas a considerar y sobre los cuales deben versar las ponencias que se presenten, serán los siguientes:

Temas del II Congreso Continental de Derecho Cooperativo

1. El acto cooperativo. Noción, contenido y alcances. Su incorporación en el derecho positivo nacional
2. La regulación de las cooperativas en general y para determinadas actividades. Las cooperativas de crédito o financieras.
3. Supervisión estatal y autonomía de las cooperativas. El autocontrol.
4. Exclusión legal de las cooperativas en determinadas actividades: seguros, banca, medicina prepaga, pensiones, etc. Razones que la fundan. Crítica.

Temas de las sesiones conjuntas del Congreso Continental de Derecho Cooperativo y del I Foro Internacional de Derecho Cooperativo

1. Las cooperativas en las constituciones nacionales. Diversas modalidades.
2. Tributación cooperativa. Incidencia de los impuestos a los capitales, a las transacciones y a las rentas.
3. Capital y financiamiento cooperativos. Tratamiento contable del capital. Distintas fuentes de financiamiento.
4. Las cooperativas de trabajo asociado. Situación frente a la legislación laboral y de la seguridad social. Régimen de las quiebras y recuperación de empresas.
Presentación de ponencias

Los delegados inscriptos podrán presentar ponencias sobre los temas incluidos en el temario, indicando en cada una de ellas a cuál tema corresponde. Deben ser enviadas por correo electrónico a aci@aciamericas.coop y a dcracogna@estudiocracogna.com.ar y tener una extensión entre 5 y 10 páginas tamaño A4 a un espacio en letra Times New Roman cuerpo 12. Cada ponencia debe contar con un resumen no mayor de media página e indicar nombre y apellido del autor.

La fecha límite para la presentación de ponencias será el 7 de octubre de 2016.

Inscripciones

Las inscripciones se realizarán conforme lo establecido en el Reglamento respectivo.

Mayor información puede solicitarse a Cooperativas de las Américas escribiendo a aci@aciamericas.coop.

- Descargar el Programa Provisorio

- Descargar Reglamento del Congreso Continental de Derecho Cooperativo

- Download Registration Form for the I International Forum on Cooperative Law / Descargar boleta de inscripción

- Descargar información sobre hoteles

11:00 - 12:30
Radisson Hotel - Conference Room 4th Floor

First part of the seventh edition of the Financial and Insurance Co-operatives Committee Meeting.

11:00 - 12:30
Radisson Hotel - Room: Salón Florida

First part of the twelfth edition of the Gender Equity Committee Meeting organized by the Regional Committee of Gender Equity (CREG).

11:00 - 12:30
Radisson Hotel - Room: Salón Picasso

First part of the fourth edition of the sectoral regional organization of industrial, artisanal and service producers' co-operatives meeting.

11:00 - 12:30
Holiday Inn Hotel - Room: Salón París

First part of the third edition of the agricultural co-operatives regional meeting.

11:00 - 12:30
Edificio Torre Ejecutiva

First part of the housing co-operatives regional meeting.

11:00 - 12:30
Radisson Hotel - Room: Salón Renoir

First part of the consumer co-operatives regional meeting.

11:00 - 12:30
Radisson Hotel - Room: Salón Torres García

First part of the tenth edition of the meeting of parlamentarians linked to co-operatives from the Americas region. Closed activity by invitation only.

14:00 - 16:00
Radisson Hotel - Conference Room 4th Floor

Second part of the seventh edition of the financial and insurance co-operatives regional meeting.

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14:00 - 16:00
Radisson Hotel - Salón Florida

Second part of the of the twelfth edition of the Gender Equity Committee Meeting organized by the Regional Committee of Gender Equity (CREG).
Coffee break: 16:00 - 16:30.

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14:00 - 16:00
Radisson Hotel - Salón Picasso

Second part of the fourth edition of the sectoral regional organization of industrial, artisanal and service producers' co-operatives meeting.

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14:00 - 18:30
Holiday Inn Hotel - Room: Salón París

Second part of the third edition of the agricultural co-operatives regional meeting..
Coffee break: 16:00 a 16:30.

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14:00 - 18:30
Edificio Torre Ejecutiva

Second part of the housing co-operatives regional meeting.
Coffee break: 16:00 a 16:30.

More information.

14:00 - 18:30
Radisson Hotel - Salón Renoir

Second part of the consumer co-operatives regional meeting.
Coffee break: 16:00 - 16:30.

More information.

14:00 - 18:30
Radisson Hotel - Room: Salón Torres García

Second part of the tenth edition of the meeting of parlamentarians linked to co-operatives from the Americas region. Closed activity by invitation only.
Coffee break: 16:00 - 16:30.

More information.

16:30 - 18:30
Radisson Hotel - Salón Florida

Regional Assembly of the Gender Equity Committee (CREG) of Co-operatives of the Americas

16:30 - 18:30
Radisson Hotel - Room: Conference Room 4th Floor

Regional Assembly of Financial Co-operatives and Co-operative Banks Committee (COFIA) of Co-operatives of the Americas.

16:30 - 18:30
Radisson Hotel - Room: Salón Picasso

Regional Assembly of the sectoral organization for industrial, artisanal and service producers' co-operatives (CICOPA Americas).

Thursday November 17, 2016

08:00 - 18:00
Radisson Hotel - Registration area

All Summit participants can register (if they didn't before) and pick up the briefcase with the corresponding materials and the certificate of participation in the event.

09:00 - 10:30
Radisson Hotel - Gran Ballroom
Simultaneous translation

Another economic rationality: cooperatives, market and power
Wim Dierckxsens, Coordinator of the International Observatory of the Crisis and co-founder of the Global University for Sustainability

11:00 - 12:30
Radisson Hotel - Room: Salón Picasso

Twelfth edition of the regional youth meeting organized by the Youth Regional Committee(CRJ) of Co-operatives of the Americas

11:00 - 12:30
Hotel Holiday Inn - Room: Salón Londres

Second day of the housing co-operatives regional meeting.

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11:00 - 18:30
Hotel Holiday Inn - Room: Salón Nueva York
Simultaneous translation

First part of the second day of the Second Continental Congress and First International Forum on Co-operative Law.

More information.

11:00 - 12:30
Radisson Hotel - Room: Salón 2

First part of the Forum on Good Governance and Social Balance.

11:00 - 12:30
Radisson Hotel - Room: Salón 3

First part of the Forum on Co-operative Education.

11:00 - 12:30
Holiday Inn Hotel - Room: Salón París

First part of the Forum on Information and Communication .

11:00 - 12:30
Radisson Hotel - Room: Salón Florida

First part of the Workshop on Public Policy, Advocacy and Co-operative Identity.

11:00 - 12:30
Radisson Hotel - Room: Salón Renoir

Seminar on Co-operative Development and Territorial Development

14:00 - 16:00
Radisson Hotel - Room: Salón Picasso

Continuation of the twelfth edition of the regional youth meeting organized by the Youth Regional Committee(CRJ) of Co-operatives of the Americas.

More information.

14:00 - 18:30
Holiday Inn Hotel - Room: Salón Londres

Continuation of the housing co-operatives regional meeting
Coffee break: 16:00 a 16:30.

More information.

14:00 - 18:30
Radisson Hotel - Room: Salón 2

Second part of the Forum on Good Governance and Social Balance.
Coffee break: 16:00 - 16:30.

More information.

14:00 - 18:30
Radisson Hotel - Room: Salón 3

Second part of the Forum on Co-operative Education.
Coffee break: 16:00 - 16:30.

More information.

14:00 - 18:30
Holiday Inn Hotel - Room: Salón París

Second part of the Forum on Information and Communication.
Coffee break: 16:00 - 16:30.

More information.

14:00 - 18:30
Radisson Hotel - Room: Salón Florida

Second part of the Workshop on Public Policy, Advocacy and Co-operative Identity.
Coffee break: 16:00 - 16:30.

More information.

14:00 - 18:30
Radisson Hotel - Room: Gran Ballroom

Twelfth Regional Assembly of Co-operatives of the Americas. Activity closed for representatives designated by member organizations of the Alliance in the region and special guests.
Coffee break: 16:00 - 16:30.

16:30 - 18:30
Radisson Hotel - Room: Salón Picasso

Regional Assembly of Youth Regional Committee (CRJ) of Co-operatives of the Americas

Friday November 18, 2016

09:00 - 13:00
Hotel Holiday Inn - Room: Salón Nueva York
Simultaneous translation

Third day of the Second Continental Congress and First International Forum on Co-operative Law.

More information.

09:00 - 10:30
Radisson Hotel - Gran Ballroom
Simultaneous translation

The cooperative and the social and solidarity economy
Luis Eduardo Salcedo, Associative Manager of the Financial Cooperative of Medellin (COOFINEP) and Member of the Board of the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Economy of Solidarity

11:00 - 12:30
Radisson Hotel - Gran Ballroom
Simultaneous translation

Closing Keynote Speech of the IV Co-operative Summit of the Americas. Subject and speaker: TBC.

12:30 - 13:00
Radisson Hotel - Gran Ballroom

Closing ceremony of the IV Co-operative Summit of the Americas.

Desde las 20:00
Hotel Radisson

Closing dinner of the IV Co-operative Summit of the Americas.

Registration

The following table shows the cost of registration to participate in the IV Co-operative Summit of the Americas for the different categories of participants, depending on the country of origin and the status of being (or not being) a representative of a member organization of the International Cooperative Alliance:

REPRESENTANTIVES OF COST
Members of the Alliance (international) 550
Non-members of the Alliance (international) 650
Members of the Alliance (Uruguayans) 350
Non-members of the Alliance (Uruguayans) 450
Members of the Alliance (Mercosur countries) 350
Non-members of the Alliance (Mercosur countries) 450
Accompanying person 200

NOTE: All values are in US Dollars

The registration fee entitles you to:
Participation in all Conferences, Working Sessions, Forums, Thematic and Sectoral Meetings
Briefcase with respective materials
Certificate of participation
Contacts with national and international organizations, development agencies and NGOs
Special rate for lodging at the venue hotel
Lunches on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th
Refreshments
Opening cocktail and cultural activities
Closing gala dinner

Special discount

Group discount: When registering as a group on line, automatically one free registration will be applied for every 11 (eleven) participants. Discount applies to all participants pertaining to the same organization. This benefit does not apply to representatives of organizations from countries of Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela).

Accommodation

Montevideo has received in 2015 the visit of nearly 1 million tourists from around the world therefor has an adequate infrastructure to receive visitors, including a wide range of accommodation options, most of them located in the vicinity of the IV Co-operative Summit of the Americas venue.

The organizers of the Summit have made arrangements with the Summit venue hotel and with two other hotels conveniently located near to the places where all activities will be held. All Summit participants will benefit from important discounts on regular rates of these hotels.

In all cases, reservations must be handled directly with the respective hotel using the information presented below.

Venue hotel

The venue of the IV Co-operative Summit of the Americas will be the Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel. Recently refurbished, it’s a traditional 5 stars hotel located in a strategic place in the city, with a long and rich history. It has received countless visitors, including prominent personalities from around the world in their visits to the country.

Alternative hotels

Hotel Holiday Inn Montevideo

Holiday Inn Montevideo is a 4 star business class hotel. It has 61 standard rooms, 58 superior rooms, 11 diplomatic suites, 3 presidential suites and a room for guests with disabilities. All rooms have electronic card access, private bath, box spring, electric kettle, iron and ironing board, cable TV and in-room safe. The hotel has rooms for smokers.

It also has a heated pool, located on the tenth floor, with a solarium and an exceptional view of the Montevideo bay. It has a snack lounge & bar, El Quijote, open every day with a diverse menu. It also offers room service from 07:00 to 24:00 and free of charge breakfast buffet until 10:30 am.

Holiday Inn Montevideo is located in the downtown, one block from Avenida 18 de Julio, very close to the Plaza Independencia and government headquarters, next to the Old Town and the business district and close to the traditional Mercado del Puerto, and other historical sites as the Cabildo, the Cathedral and the Zabala Square.

Address: Colonia 823, CP 11100, Montevideo, Uruguay
Phone: (+598) 2902 1242
Webiste: http://holidayinnmontevid.wix.com/presentacionhotel
Distance from the venue hotel: 50 meters.

Holiday Inn Montevideo will be the venue for the II Continental Congress and I International Forum on Co-operative Law.

Hotel Orpheo Express

Orpheo Express Hotel is a new three-star hotel in downtown Montevideo that stands out for its functionality, its modern facilities and its convenient location. The hotel is situated just two blocks from Avenida 18 de Julio, the main avenue of the city, and opposite to the Sodre National Auditorium. The beginning of the Old City is just two blocks away.

The hotel lobby is an ideal place to relax, decorated with artwork and excellent lighting. Bar, breakfast buffet, gym and parking (surcharge) make part of the hotel amenities. Their spacious and elegant rooms have desk, plasma TV, safe, Wi Fi and private bathroom.

It has a free fitness area for all hotel guests, located on the 10th floor with a beautiful panoramic view of the city.

Address: Andes 1449, CP 11100, Montevideo, Uruguay
Phone: (+598) 2905 0000
Website: http://www.orpheohotel.com
Distance from the venue hotel: 200 meters.

Transfers and tours

Transhotel

To book your transfers and tours in Uruguay, we recommend to use the services of the local company Transhotel Ltda.

You can review the proposed tours options and costs visiting this link or contacting Radamés Montero at radames@transhotel.com.uy.

Useful information

How to get to Montevideo: The international airports of the country are served by the major airlines of the world, with regional flights from Buenos Aires, Porto Alegre, San Pablo, Río de Janeiro, Asunción, Panama, Santiago de Chile and Lima. Additionally, international flights arrive in Uruguay from the United States and Europe. The main airport is the new International Airport of Carrasco reopened in 2009 and considered one of the most modern and attractive airports in the world. From there, you have easy access to the downtown (located at 18 kilometers) taking direct buses, hiring a private transfer, taking a taxi or renting a car from some of the local car rental agencies available in the airport.

Entry requirements: As a general rule, foreign visitors don’t need to submit special paperwork to immigration. Only a current passport is necessary. For citizens of countries bordering Uruguay only an identification card is needed. Due to special circumstances, an entry visa is required only for citizens of few countries in the Americas region. To view an updated list of these countries and learn about the necessary procedures and documents, visit this link on the National Authority of Immigration website.

Climate: The climate in Uruguay is mild and humid, with hot summers and homogeneous precipitation throughout the year. Due to its latitude, it has four distinct seasons. In November, the date of holding the Summit, the average temperature is mild, ranging between 13°C and 23°C.

Idioma: The language spoken throughout the Uruguay is Spanish. In some border regions with Brazil speak “portuñol”, a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese.

Religion: Uruguay is a secular state with absolute freedom of worship and tolerance to all kinds of religious practices. The separation of church and state was established in the Constitution of 1919.

Health: Sanitary conditions in the country are very good. There are no epidemics or exotic diseases so special vaccinations are not required or necessary to enter the country.

Currency and exchange: The legal currency used for all kinds of commercial transactions is the Uruguayan peso. There is a well-developed exchange market with many exchange offices throughout the country, so visitors have no difficulties to do currency transactions. The US dollar is generally accepted in shops, supermarkets and restaurants. Credit cards most commonly accepted are VISA and MasterCard.

Security: Uruguay is considered the safest country in the region. Although Uruguay is not free of delinquency its crime rates are among the lowest in Latin America. Violent crimes against tourists are rare, but it is advisable don’t neglect your belongings and don’t hold valuable objects when moving in public places. The Tourist Police (Policía Turística) is a security force specially prepared to assist those visiting the country. Its officials are strategically located at points frequented by tourists, so it is easy to locate them for any doubt or eventuality.

Working hours: Businesses are generally open Monday to Friday from 9:30 until 19:30 and on Saturdays from 9:00 until 13:00. The commercial centers, such as shopping malls, are open from 10:00 until 22:00 every day including Saturday and Sunday. Public Services generally attend to the public Monday to Friday from 9:00 until 17:00. The majority of banks are open to the public from 13:00 until 17:00.

Power: The voltage across the Uruguayan territory is 220V with a frequency of 50 Hz. If you want to use a device without power adapter you can easily get transformers at affordable prices. Electrical sockets used in Uruguay are C, F, I y L.

Tip: Although not mandatory a 10% tip is appreciated in restaurants, particularly where no service charge is included. Also, it is customary to tip taxi drivers.

Transfers and tours

Transhotel

To book your transfers and tours in Uruguay, we recommend to use the services of the local company Transhotel Ltda.

You can review the proposed tours options and costs visiting this link or contacting Radamés Montero at radames@transhotel.com.uy.

Working Papers

Working Papers are informed opinions about the three main Thematic Axes, organized around sub-axes or specific topics. These documents contain an analysis and proposals that help to understand the central theme of the Summit. Combining conceptual elements (without being merely theoretical contributions) with specific elements (without being research papers or case studies) become significant inputs for analysis and discussion on two key occasions: the National Meetings that will take place in some countries of the region and the Working Groups that will be held as part of the main event.

Axis 1: Power, market, democracy and development

Asociatividad y conocimiento en el desarrollo humano sustentable
Rodrigo Arocena (Uruguay)

Concepto y práctica de “desarrollo” en las cooperativas
Yanio Concepción (Dominican Republic)

Mercados imperfectos: grupos corporativos y desarrollo de las organizaciones cooperativas en países en desarrollo
Alvaro M. Parada Gómez (Costa Rica)

Crítica a la ideología de mercado
Abdiel Rodríguez Reyes (Panama)

Conformismo, reacción y resistencia en las cooperativas frente al poder del Estado y el Mercado
Mario Saúl Schujman (Argentina)

Avances de la CONPACOOP en estudios de competitividad para el sector cooperativo paraguayo
Ana Leticia Carosini Ruiz-Díaz (Paraguay)

Mercados imperfectos: grupos corporativos y desarrollo de las organizaciones cooperativas en países en desarrollo
Liga de Cooperativas de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)

Axis 2: Social and Solidarity Economy and strategies for its strengthtening

Valores y prácticas compartidas entre el cooperativismo y otras formas de Economía Social y Solidaria: apuntes sobre una relación mutuamente beneficiosa
Ignacio Arboleya (Uruguay)

¿Estamos en transición hacia otra economía?
Wim Dierckxsens (Países Bajos)

Aportes del Sumak Kawsay al cooperativismo
Sebastián Endara (Ecuador)

O que construímos e para onde vamos
Nelsa I. Fabian Nespolo (Brasil)

Reflexiones a partir de la experiencia en Argentina
Ariel Guarco (Argentina)

Axis 3: Contribution of cooperatives to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

As cooperativas e os Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável
Rodrigo Gouveia (Portugal)

La consecución de los objetivos del desarrollo sostenible y el “milagro” cooperativo
Juan Pablo Martí (Uruguay)

Documents addressing the three axes

Aporte analítico a los Tres Ejes Temáticos de la IV Cumbre Cooperativa de las Américas
Federación de Cajas Populares Alianza (Mexico)

Propuesta sobre los Tres Ejes Temáticos de la IV Cumbre Cooperativa de las Américas
Caja Morelia Valladolid (Mexico)

NOTE: The contents of the above documents are the sole responsibility of their respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cooperatives of the Americas.

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