As a result of recent events in Japan ICMIF has taken a decision to relocate its Biennial Conference scheduled to take place in October in Tokyo to Manchester in the UK. The event will take place on the same dates as those originally scheduled for the Tokyo Conference, October 26-28.
In moving the Biennial Conference to the UK’s second city, Manchester, ICMIF has placed the event in the birth place of the cooperative movement and also in the city which has been home to ICMIF since 1993 when it started down the route to becoming the active Federation which it is today.
Speaking about the decision to make the move, Shaun Tarbuck ICMIF CEO, said, “we are very grateful to our Japanese members for all of the work which they put into the initial planning for the event in their country. Naturally our sympathies are with all of our cooperative colleagues there and I hope that events in that country will take a turn for the better soon”.
With the slogan “It’s Our Time…” the Biennial Conference will give delegates a chance to network and to talk about and share how to meet the challenges for the sector and how to reinvigorate the sector. With the UN 2012 International Year of Cooperatives also being launched in October this is a timely opportunity for ICMIF’s members from around the globe to come together to talk about how to continue sustaining their growth in the market share which the sector is capturing.