GIS - 15 June, 2017: Leadership, good monitoring, research and innovation are the values needed to instill a cooperative culture in Mauritius, highlighted the Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Mr Soomilduth Bholah, yesterday at the launching of the National Awards for Cooperatives 2017 held in Port Louis.
The Minister underscored that the National Awards for Cooperatives is a major event contributing to the success of cooperatives. It is expected to increase dynamism among different cooperative societies urging them to give better results as regards their management and performance, added Mr Bholah.
The Minister underlined that there are various discrepancies which hinder good management of cooperatives, such as deficit in strategic planning, failure to implement democratic rules, lack of participation of youngsters and women and absence of monitoring mechanism.
He emphasised that the Awards comprise of different activities namely training and facilitation programmes, sensitisation campaigns, fieldworks and assessment by qualified evaluators. Minister Bholah pointed out that these have been designed so as to help cooperatives overcome their shortcomings.
Cooperative societies have up to 31 August 2017 to submit their application and the award ceremony for cooperatives will be held on 10 November 2017. Cooperatives from Rodrigues are also invited to participate in this event.
On this occasion, the Second edition of Top 100 Cooperatives, a booklet consisting of the guidelines and a poster for the awards were also launched.
Speaking of the Top 100 cooperatives, Minister Bholah highlighted that the magazine enables visibility of cooperatives and supplements recognition. Various criteria such as leadership skills, innovative techniques, best practices, numerous services and compliance with the rules for cooperatives have been considered, he concluded.