Panafrican Cooperative Conference
Encourage member countries in promoting cooperative entrepreneurship as an alternative for the effective fight against poverty

Presentation Of The PCC

  • Historical

  • Vision and Missions

  • Our Organs

  • Objectives and Ambitions

  • Our achievements

It was in 1967 that what has come to be known as 'the Pan African Cooperative Conference (PCC)' was held in Cotonou, Benin, for the first time at the initiative of cooperative organisations, States, trade Unions with support from the Afro-American Labour Centre (CAAT). This first meeting organized from 2 to 6 October 1967 was attended by representatives of eleven (11) African countries. Since then the number of member countries has risen to 20, namely: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Comoros, Rwanda, Senegal and Togo.

The birth of the Pan African Co-operative Conference was thus the positive response of Africa to recommendation 127 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) of 1966 on the role of co-operative societies in developing countries.

It was in 1976 that the first agreement between the co-operative movement, trade unions and States was signed officially dedicating the Pan-African Co-operative Training Centre (CPFC) which later became the Pan-African Higher Institute of Co-operative Economics (ISPEC) as the training tool of the PCC. This mother body, responsible for the direction and decisions eventually moved from tripartism to bipartism: Co-operative societies / States with a joint Board of Directors still chaired by a co-operator.

To endow itself with a clear orientation, the Executive Secretariat of the PCC adopted a development plan in 2012 in which it clearly spelt out its vision, mission and development objectives as follows:

Vision of the PCC

In 2014, the PCC, better structured and active, stands out as a vector and flag bearer of sustainable cooperative development in Africa, and increasingly resorts to cooperative entrepreneurship to spearhead the fight against poverty, promoting best practices, training and action research in the cooperative field in keeping with universal cooperative principles and values.

Missions of the PCC

The Pan African Co-operative Conference meets every two years and works for the interests of its members (States, national umbrella cooperative organizations, African organizations working effectively for the promotion of cooperative societies on the continent) and the African cooperative movement as a whole. It is responsible for:

Encouraging and supporting in each member country the formulation of co-operative development policy strategies, the design of co-operative programmes and the adoption of legislation in the co-operative sector to ensure the identity and autonomy of co-operative enterprises in their diversity;

Evaluating national policy strategies for the promotion of co-operatives across the continent and contributing to their harmonisation;

Supporting the implementation of programmes in member countries and participating in their assessment.

Undertaking ongoing advocacy to obtain the support of each country to the co-operative movement and the adoption of accompanying measures, especially the development of the training of human resources and co-operative practices, the creation of conducive conditions for the emergence of viable co-operative enterprises and the promotion of research in this field.

To accomplish its mission and achieve the set goals, the Executive Secretariat of the PCC has established an organizational structure with a pool of experts from diverse backgrounds made up of specialists in cooperative economics, microfinance, organisational development, group and individual entrepreneurship, and business management. It also has a knowledge network run by members of the Board of Directors present in more than a dozen countries and able to help identify other skills needed if the need arises. The main organs of the PCC include:

  • The General Assembly (GA);
  • The Consultative Council (Ministers and Partners)
  • The Board of Directors;
  • The Executive Secretariat (E.S.)

In addition to the Executive Secretariat, the Board of Directors (BOD) oversees the African University for Co-operative Development (AUCD) in Cotonou-Benin, the Supportive Counselling Centre lodged at the Permanent Secretariat in Yaoundé, Cameroon and the African Cooperative Development Bank (BADCOOP) in the pipeline.

Overall Objective

The overall objective of the PCC is to encourage member countries in promoting cooperative entrepreneurship as an alternative for the effective fight against poverty in a political, economic, legal and regulatory environment that is conducive for the development of such entrepreneurship.

Specific objectives

The overall objective mentioned above can be broken down into five specific objectives as follows:

  • To take stock of the present situation of the cooperative movement in ten PCC member countries with focus on the agriculture and food system, livestock production and fishing;
  • To support the preparation or updating of cooperative development policies and programmes in about twelve member countries alongside different strategies to fight against poverty, particularly in terms of food security, promotion of freely chosen productive employment, local development and social development;
  • To support the restructuring and consolidation of the restructuring of cooperative societies in ten PCC member countries;
  • To provide capacity building through the training of actors involved in the restructuring, awareness-raising and extension process of the OHADA Uniform Act on the right of co-operative societies;
  • To assist countries to implement earmarked entrepreneurial initiatives in the fight against poverty, social inequality, unemployment and underemployment of youths and women and all disadvantaged sections of their populations;
  • To improve the institutional framework of the PCC in view of dynamic and efficient management.

Current ambitions of the PCC

In 2013

  • Strongly advocate for the expansion of the PCC within the continent through the Lomé Summit of Heads of State and Government.
  • Organize a round table conference of technical and financial partners for the implementation of the Pan-African Co-operative Development Programme (PANACOOP) and PADCOOP.
  • Promote the African University for Cooperative Development and the African Co-operative Development Bank to provide more effective support for the implementation of country programmes.
  • Obtain the status of advisory body at the level of the African Union.

The achievements of the PCC for the last decade include the following:

From 2003 to 2008: Designing of cooperative policies and programmes

  • Support of 12 countries in drawing up national co-operative policies and / or programmes through the INPACOOP project supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
  • Organisation in January 2003 in Dakar of a regional workshop on measures necessary for the implementation of the Ten year Action Plan for the Promotion of Cooperative Entrepreneurship in Africa (PAD) and the role to be played by the PAD in achieving the objectives of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

2004: Adoption of the PAD (Ten-year Action Plan) by the AU 

Adoption at Ouagadougou of the Ten-year Action Plan (PAD) by the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, as a strategy for sustainable job creation.

2005: The PCC becomes a member of the OIF and of RIPESS

  • Admission of the PCC into the Consultative Council of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF)
  • Admission in Dakar of the PCC into the Inter-continental Liaison Committee (ILC) of the Network for the Promotion of Social and Solidarity Economy (RIPESS)

2008: Orientations of the 15th PCC 

The 15th session of the PCC at Brazzaville identified three major priorities: opening up of the PCC to all African countries, the creation of an African Cooperative Development Bank and the transformation of ISPEC Cotonou into an African University for Co-operative Development (AUCD), Cotonou.

2009: AUCD 

Effective mutation of ISPEC into the African University for Co-operative Development (AUCD). 

2010 : The OHADA Uniform Act

Adoption in Lomé in December of the OHADA Uniform Act on the right of co-operative societies that covers the legal and judicial area of 17 countries following the submission of the matter to OHADA by the PCC.

2011: Opening of the headquarters of the PCC in Yaoundé, Cameroon 

The administration of the PCC was transferred from Cotonou (Benin), which remains the seat of the University, to its continental headquarters in Yaoundé (Cameroon) and it is endowed with a functional Executive Secretariat.

2012: Signature of the headquarters agreement and PADCOOP

  • Signature of the headquarters agreement between the PCC and the State of Cameron;
  • In November 2012 at New York, the United Nations adopted the Pan African Action Plan for Cooperative Development (PADCOOP) at the end of the International Year of Cooperatives