Celebrating Co-operatives

Local co-operative societies are working with the University of the West Indies to develop a course in Co-operative management this year.

Chairman of the Co-operators Day Committee Oriel Doyle made the announcement this afternoon at a special event at Pelican Craft Village to mark the observance of International Co-operators’ Day.

“It will allow members of the movement as well as the general public to have a more in-depth study of co-operatives, its history, its potential as well operational issues such as governance, accounting and computerisation” he said.

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Oriel Doyle

Doyle also hailed the development of over 48 such organisations in Barbados, with others being now formed including junior co-op societies, Farmers co-operatives and the National Co-operative Business Association.

“Within recent times the movement here in Barbados has excelled and in fact the credit union movement is a stellar component of the movement. However with the emergence of some new co-operative societies… the movement is on an upward path,” Odle said.

Today’s activities began with a song by students of the Westbury Primary School Junior Savings Co-operative Society, followed by and performance from line dancers, the Victory Dance Group. (KK)

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