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.

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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