Spreading of the PCC on the African continent: Morocco contacted

Through Mrs. EFFA Pauline, Coordinator of the NGO PFAC (France Africa Partnership for Co-Development), a partner organization of the PCC, the PCC has contacted and is pursuing exchanges with the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH) of Morocco in view of possible membership of the country.
From 22 to 26 April 2014, the first mission of the PCC was conducted to Morocco. The team was headed by the PCC Executive Secretary, Mr. Ibrahima NDOUR, accompanied by the PCC Consultant in Morocco, Youssef Alaoui. The trip offered the opportunity to lay hold of the intentions of the Moroccan side: first of all to join the PCC, and then host an antenna of the African University for Cooperative Development (UADC) and finally to support the PCC project of the African Bank for Cooperative Development (BADCOOP) and to host its headquarters.

From 9 to 13 September 2014, a second working mission was conducted to Morocco. It was still led by the PCC Executive Secretary accompanied by Mrs Pauline EFFA of PFAC and the Consultant, Youssef Alaoui. It focused on deliberations relating to the proposed organization of a pan-African cooperative symposium by Morocco in order to materialize the above-mentioned intentions of Morocco.

To date, the letters of the PCC Board Chairperson to the Moroccan Minister of the Interior (supervisory authority of INDH) accepting the conditions of the Moroccan side have been forwarded. Now the ball is in the Moroccan camp for the continuation of the process.

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.

The PCC was invited to the 5th International Conference of African Ministers in charge of housing and urban development (AMCHUD) held in N'Djamena from 25 to 28 February 2014

amchudFor the first time, the PCC following its discussions with UN Habitat in view of a possible partnership attended the meeting of African Ministers in charge of housing, from 25 to 28 February 2014 in N'Djamena.

This 5th Pan-African conference of its kind offered the singular opportunity for the PCC through its Executive Secretary, Mr. Ibrahima NDOUR, to conduct in-depth advocacy for the promotion of cooperative social housing in Africa. Thus, the Executive Secretary supported in his advocacy by the Senegalese delegation that has a real national experience in cooperative social housing witnessed the adoption of the cooperative housing option among the major resolutions of the meeting.

During the conference, the Executive Secretary was contacted by several delegations including Cameroon, Chad, DRC, Niger, Zimbabwe, for collaboration on projects targeting the promotion of cooperative housing.

The cooperative health clinics project: the PCC makes a proposal to the Ministry of Public Health of Cameroon

As part of the implementation of the PADCOOP, the PCC requested and was granted an audience by the Minister of Public Health of Cameroon to propose the cooperative health clinics programme. This programme targets two main objectives including low-cost community-based health services and the self-employment of young graduates from health and related professional training schools.

The minister was pleasantly surprised to discover that outside the conventional microfinance and agricultural sectors in general, the cooperative formula can be applied to the health sector. He appointed the Director of healthcare, Professor OWONO, as the focal point of the PCC in view of better ownership of the offer by the Ministry. Constructive discussions are ongoing on the issue.

The PCC meets the Cameroonian Minister of Land Affairs and State Property as part of initiatives taken to build its headquarters in Cameroon

During the signing of the headquarters agreement and taking advantage of the presence of the PCC Board Chairperson, the Minister of Land Affairs and State Property was met as part of efforts to obtain a piece of land from the State of Cameroon on which the PCC headquarters and the UADC antenna for Central Africa may be built.

The Minister welcomed the request of the PCC and promised to instruct the competent services of her department.

The services have made the preliminary arrangements and it is now left for the PCC to make the final choice of the land and pay the necessary charges.