Aiming at increasing public awareness about co-operatives and their contributions to socio-economic development, the ICA is organizing international events which will raise the profile of co-operatives within international institutions in particular and attract international media attention.
ICA Expo, the global co-operative business trade fair is one of the ICA initiatives for the year and promises to be one of the main celebrations. With the close collaboration of the Co-operative Group, the ICA is calling all co-operatives to join us to present the quality and excellence of co-operative products as well as promote co-operative enterprise around the world.
ICAExpo 2012 will provide the co-operative movement with the opportunity to show the benefits of a co-operative economy guided with values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity, honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.
The trade fair will help promote the importance of this successful business model which serves their members and communities. Co-operatives are trading enterprises that produce quality products and services and provide these at affordable prices.
Trade and entrepreneurial activities ensure that co-operatives can undertake their purpose to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations. They draw attention to the fact that co-operatives are competitive enterprises operating locally as well as on the international market. ICA Expo facilitates contacts, exchange of information, partnerships and provides trade related capacity building.
To host the event, the ICA has decided that there is no better place than Manchester, UK - the birthplace of the co-operative movement. The trade fair will be held from 31st October to 2nd November, 2012.
The ICA has approved several large-scale events to be held during the ICAExpo week to maximize cross-promotional opportunities.
The Co-operative Group – UK , the largest co-operatively owned consumer organization in the world, has partnered with ICAExpo to offer exhibitors a state-of-the-art exhibition which promises to be a landmark for the co-operative sector.
So don’t miss this unique opportunity and join us now!