Dr Sukesh Zamwar: Co-operatives achieve greater happiness than other forms of enterprise
Dr. Sukesh Zamwar, Chairperson
ICA Asia & Pacific Committee on Youth Co-operation
[Managing Director – Buldana Urban Credit Co-operative Societies Ltd.]
Present situation of youth in Asia pacific and their problems
History of the Youth Committee (ICYC)
6th Meeting of the ICAYC & the Coop –Youth Forum
Future areas being worked on by the ICYC
The Happy Store – Pilot Proposal
Financial Literacy among youth – Pilot Proposal
UN Youth Congress 2014 in Sri Lanka
Global Youth Co-operation Meet
Population of youth (15-24)- 700 million.
It is equal to 60 % of world youth population.
250 million in urban areas.
450 million in rural areas.
15 to 24 – around 85% are literate.
Only 25 to30 % reaches to upper and
13 to 15 % are unemployed
Youths are 3 times more unemployed than
Urban youth are more skilled than rural youth
Rural youth are less skilled than urban youth
And technology seems to decrease this gap
Majority of youth are semiskilled.
GOVT. CAN CEATE JOBS OR ENVIORMENT
THAT CAN PROMOTE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT.
PUBLIC SECTOR ENTERPRISES CAN CREATE
JOBS OR PROMOTE ENTERPRINUERSHIP.
PRIVATE SECTOR CAN HELP IN THAT.
BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT AND PEOPLE
FRIENDLY AND SOCIALISTIC SOLUTION IS
PERCOLATION OF COOPERATIVE VALUSE IN
STUDETS BY FORMATION OF UNIVERSITY
COOPERATIVE AND SCHOOL
FOR JOB CREATION- ALL COOPERATIVE CAN
GIVE EMPLOYMENT AND JOBS TO YOUTH.
FOR ENTERPRENUERSHIP OR SELFEMPLOYED YOUTH CREDIT COOPERATIVE
CAN PROVIDE CREDIT AND OTHER
COOPERATIVE CAN PROVIDE MARKET
FOR PROFESSINALS-COOPERATIVE CAN
PROVIDE EDUCATION LOAN AND LOAN
FACILITY FOR THEM.
FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT- COOPERATIVES
CAN FORM SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND
AND FOLLOWING THE SEVENTH PRINCIPLE
OF COOPERATION WE CAN DO GOOD TO
THE SOCIETY AS WELL AS TO
11. South Korea
ICAYouth Network at the ICA Board Meeting, Bratislava
ICA Regional Co-operativeYouth Seminar, Japan
ICA AP Co-operative Ministers’ Conference – “Youth Involvement” presented by Chair-ICA
3rd Meeting of the ICA AP Committee onYouth – Singapore
4th Meeting of the ICA AP Committee onYouth – Beijing
1st Online Meeting of the ICA AP Committee onYouth – ICA AP Office – New Delhi
ICA APYouth Seminar – Kannur, Kerala
2012- 2nd Online Meeting of the ICA AP Committee onYouth – ICA Business Office – Singapore
2012- 5th Meeting of the ICA AP Committee onYouth – Kobe
2013- 6th Meeting of the ICA AP Committee onYouth – Buldana, Maharashtra
2013- 3rd Online Meeting of the ICA AP Committee onYouth Co-operation.
Japan-227 university coops
Total Turn over- 1.91 billion USD
Running the book stores
Running the dining halls
Running general stores
Providing agency services
Providing credit facilities to students.
grocery stores and supermarkets
selling of laptops, mobile phones, and other
housing, business, travel, hospitalization, etc
119 Universities in Thailand
29 Universities Co-ops working actively
411 Vocational Colleges in Thailand
55 Vocational Colleges Co-ops working
Support productive relationship among youth
in the Committee of ICA.
Organize a national youth seminar for
Encourage to avoid using plastic bags by using
bags produced by clothes.
No of co-ops
No of members
New Generation Coops
Cooperative: 13% of GDP which is going to be
raised to 25% by the end of 5-year
Private: Article 44 of the constitution
Karachi Co-operative Housing
Societies Union Limited was
established on 1949, under the West
It is currently headed by the Managing
Director, Mr. M. Sharif Bhaiji and the
Board of Director (BOD)
K.C.H.S.U. Ltd. consist of 24 housing
societies. A single society consist of
from 200 house to a maximum of 900
There exist 2 wings in K.C.H.S.U. Ltd.:
Youth Co-operative Wing of Pakistan
Youth Co-operative Wing of
Pakistan is a program initiated
by the Karachi Co-operative
Housing Societies Union Ltd.
The purpose is to revive the cooperative culture from ground
and to gather the youth at the
unanimous platform of cooperative movement in
Pakistan which will eventually
help to develop Pakistan and its
economy to reach new heights.
Many coops are diversifying from single line
business of stationery to other services
Supply of institutional requirements in
order to increase turnover
Tie-up with general coops/citizen coops for
Types of Cooperatives
Savings and Credit
Vegetable and Fruit
No of Coops
DEOC : 2011
Nepal multipurpose society
Management System Multi purpose society
Vice Chairman of ICA – AP Committee on Youth Cooperative
Sri Lanka Consumer Cooperative Societies Federation Ltd
Contact Details: No. 11, Saunders Place, Colombo 12, Sri Lanka
: 0094 11 2438137 – 8
:0094 77 3566116
:0094 11 2331008
House donation by youth
Business Promotion – By Youth
Annual Blood Donation – By Youth
Youth’s Leadership Development Camp
ICA – AP Youth Skill Development
60 Million People between the age group of 15-24 seek sustainable
Majority of young people hail from developing countries.
ICA should be a promoter facilitator and coordinator of activities at
strengthening the participation of youth in co-operatives.
Define ‘Youth’ in terms of age.
Indentify youth co-operatives that could potential members of the Youth
DraftYouth strategy for submission to Regional and Global ICA boards.
Plan an International Co-operativeYouth Conference
Design a website and arrange for resources.
Article 1. The name of the Committee shall be ‘ICA-AP Committee onYouth Co-operation’.
The Committee shall consist of persons working in the field of
specialized functioning of the Committee in the member organizations of the ICA in the
Region. Each member organization of the ICA-AP is entitled to nominate a maximum of two
persons in the Committee in the age group of 18 – 40 years.
To create awareness on cooperatives among the youth in the region.
The Committee shall convene at least one meeting in person
and two Electronic Meetings (Internet). The members are expected to attend at least one
meeting out of the possible three meetings in a year. At the time of the Regional
Assembly, the Committee shall hold a meeting/seminar and provide a report.
If needed, the committee may raise funds for its activities.
As discussed at Kobe, the Committee has formally adopted the constitution and wishes to
report it to all ICA AP Member organisations with a copy of the same.
It was attended by fourteen members from twelve countries from the region representing ICA membership
across various sectors such as banking, fisheries, consumer, housing, education & training .
The meeting also elected the new ICYC Board that shall serve until the ICA AP Regional Assembly in 2016 with
Dr. Sukesh Zamwar (India) as the Chairperson, Mr. Ahsan Ali Thakur (Pakistan) and Mr. Udaya Prabhath (Sri
Lanka) and Mr. P. Santosh Kumar of ICA AP continues as Secretary.
The meeting was organised along with the Asia Pacific Co-operative Youth Forum on the theme-Challenges for
Youth as a Strategic group in development of co-operatives which was attended by 600 persons, mostly youth.
The ICA Blueprint was placed by the committee as the governing document and the following issues were
addressed in detail – a.] Meaning and definition of Youth in the Co-operative sector, b.]Knowledge Platforms for
awareness on climate change among coops, c.] Status of coops in central Asia & middle east; and case studies on
co-operatives from Pune, India (Women’s Waste collectors co-operative) and from Thimpu, Bhutan (Organic
farming and multipurpose co-operative) were presented by young co-operative entrepreneurs and managers.
It is also noted that an estimated 30 million jobs in co-operatives are held by youth, and it is our objective to
strengthen their labour market value with the International Co-operative Identity Statement (ICIS) as guiding
It was proclaimed that co-operatives achieve greater happiness than other forms of business associations.
The Committee decided to provide a platform for the Asia pacific youth during the ICA Global conference in Cape
Town later this year and create one for the co-operatives at the UNYouth Conference in Sri Lanka in 2014.
The committee also decided to work along the lines of the UN communities to create a reliable knowledge base.
Members on their
recreational visit to Ajanta
ICA Asia pacific youth planning to form
happy green cooperative store
It is a mobile vegetable van with cold chain
Big stores in big cities for vegetables only
Credit supply with the help of ACCU
members or individual primary credit coops
which will be intrested.
Focus on farmers and rural as well as urban
Financial literacy through web site
Financial literacy in universities and schools
Financial literacy and advisory program for
students and coop members so that in
future when they will run big cooperatives
or become members of cooperatives they
will have proper understanding.