A PCC Mission to the Comoros to support and boost the cooperative movement in the country

Following an invitation of the Comorian Government through its Minister of Production under the framework of the monitoring of PADCOOP (Ten Year Action Plan for Cooperative Development), Mr. Jean BIMINGO, Director of the Centre for Supportive Counselling to PCC member countries (CAC), visited Moroni in the Comoros, to conduct from 2 to 13 April 2014 a proximity supportive counselling mission to this PCC member country.

This PCC Mission that was locally supported by Mariame Anthoy, National Director of Agricultural and Livestock Strategies, a PCC Consultant in the Comoros, held meetings with several personalities including: Marie Ange Bonescuelle de Lespinois, responsible for International Cooperation and Assistance at the European Union Office in the Comoros, Mourad TATATI, the AU representative in the Comoros, Riad Meddeb, Senior Economic Adviser to UNDP Comoros, Sitti Echa Samou, Director General, House of employment Comoros, LOUTFI Soulaimane, President of the Constitutional Court of the Comoros.
After meeting these high-ranking personalities, the outcomes of this mission may be summarized in six points:

1.    The Ten-year Pan-African Action Plan for Cooperative Development (PADCOOP) adopted in November 2012 at New York on the occasion of the International Year of Cooperatives was made available to them. This fundamental paper and the Accelerated Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy paper (SCA2) constituted the reference tools that guided the working team to define the strategic areas of the PADCOOP implementation Project, not leaving out the Law and Decree on the structuring of PAOs (PALDE-COOP Project "Comoros-PCC").
2.    The workshop for the presentation of PADCOOP and validation of PALDECOOP was a great success.
3.    The proceedings of the workshop included a recommendation, a motion of support to the Head of State and a note for the next Council of Ministers.
4.    The available PALDECOOP paper comprises 5 strategic priorities, 14 objectives and 51 planned activities to achieve 8 results.
5.    The independent bipartisan public-private Multi-sectoral Committee that is intended to assume the role of steering committee for the PALDECOOP implementation process was proposed. The draft decree for the creation and operation of the steering committee was also proposed.
6.    A pilot programme for the promotion of agricultural cooperative entrepreneurship of the Comoros was prepared.

This mission comes after the International Year of Cooperatives during which all actors interested in the virtues of the cooperative movement are seeking ways and means to provide a visible content to the cooperative practice in Africa. The PALDECOOP is one of such ways. It is now left for the Comorian Government to mobilise its ministries and its technical and financial partners for its implementation.