The report prompted a strong interest on the part of the hosts – Co-operative Union of Kyrgyzstan, namely to develop consumer co-operatives. CUK is in a period during which they are seeking to build clear arguments for lobbying the government to optimize the national co-operative legislation.
The other rapporteurs included the Minister of Agriculture of Kyrgyzstan, Co-operative Union of Kyrgyzstan, the National Federation of Agricultural Co-operatives of the Republic of Korea and ZHANG Wangshu – International Affairs Director of the All-China Federation of Supply and Marketing Co-operatives (CHINA Coop).
Todor Ivanov moderated the session "Creating an Enabling Legal and Policy Environment", which saw the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kyrgyzstan; Nazik Beishenaly – President of Co-operative Union of Kyrgyzstan; Hussein Polat - expert on ILO Recommendation 193; Prof. Hagen Henry - Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of the ICA Board; Bermet Stakeeva - President of Kyrgyzstan Women's Forum and Mavluda Narbeeva - Chairman of the local co-operative "Yzar".
The session saw the presentation of the current Kyrgyz co-operative law and the potential for its optimization according to the needs and objectives of the Co-operative Union of Kyrgyzstan and their aims of developing the co-operative movement; Turkey's experience of introducing ILO Recommendation 193; the importance of co-operative legislation in the development of the national movement and the successful local experience of the co-operative model in promoting gender equality and bio-production.
CCW's participation in the Forum was very successful, considering the feedback and subsequent interest on behalf of the Co-operative Union of Kyrgyzstan in joint cooperating with the aim of developing consumer co-operatives in the country. The first step is for CCW to share existing best practices and innovation from around national members. The concept of consumer co-operatives is relatively unknown in Kyrgyzstan, so there is a great interest in its successful development at the local level. CCW is also in discussions with the ICA Asia-Pacific Regional Office to develop mechanisms for working with national co-operative organizations in Central Asia and using the recommendations of the strategic CCW Policy Guide in promoting consumer co-operatives on national level and lobbying the governmental institutions. Kyrgyzstan could serve the pilot project.