Exploring Sustainable Financing and Achieving SDGs: A Recap of the NEDAC Workshop in Bangkok
In a significant stride Telangana Cooperativetow ards fostering international cooperation and knowledge exchange, Mr. Konduru Ravinder Rao, the distinguished chairman of both NAFSCOB and TSCAB, led an eminent delegation comprising esteemed DCCB chairpersons and esteemed officials from NAFSCOB and TSCAB. Their destination was Bangkok, Thailand, where they participated in an illustrious International workshop orchestrated by the Network for Development of Agricultural Cooperatives in Asia and the Pacific (NEDAC). The workshop unfolded its deliberations from the 22nd to the 24th of August.
Delving into the Theme: Sustainable Financing and SDGs for Agricultural Cooperatives
The cornerstone of this intellectually stimulating workshop was the overarching theme, “Sustainable Financing and Achieving SDGs for Agricultural Cooperatives.” NEDAC joined forces with APRACA and ICBA, renowned entities that contributed to the collaborative essence of the event. The intricate tapestry of discussions and sessions encompassed a myriad of critical subjects, each holding profound significance in the realm of agricultural cooperatives.
Unraveling Insights: Workshop Highlights1. Exploring Sustainable Financing for Agricultural Cooperatives
One of the pivotal topics that took center stage was the exploration of sustainable financing avenues for agricultural cooperatives. The workshop provided a platform to delve into innovative ways of ensuring financial stability while aligning with sustainable practices.
2. Integrating SDGs into Cooperative Business Models
The synergy between sustainable development goals (SDGs) and cooperative business models captured substantial attention. The participants immersed themselves in the discourse on seamlessly integrating SDGs into the very fabric of cooperative enterprises, creating a harmonious blend of economic growth and social responsibility.
3. Enhancing Financial Literacy and Management Skills
Acknowledging the significance of financial literacy and adept management skills, the workshop emphasized their augmentation. Participants engaged in thought-provoking discussions to hone these skills, fostering robust leadership within agricultural cooperatives.
4. Strengthening Cooperative Networks and Collaborations
The workshop fostered a spirit of collaboration and network-building among agricultural cooperatives. It shed light on the transformative potential of strong cooperative ties, paving the way for shared success and growth.
5. Case Studies: Pioneering Sustainable Agricultural Cooperatives
Drawing inspiration from real-world successes, the workshop presented compelling case studies of sustainable agricultural cooperatives. These exemplars illuminated the path towards achieving both financial prosperity and sustainable development objectives.
A Multifaceted Engagement: Workshop Activities
The workshop was a dynamic confluence of various activities designed to impart a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter. Interactive sessions and group discussions were infused with the exchange of diverse perspectives, enriching the discourse.Expert-led presentations and case studies added depth to the discussions, enabling participants to glean insights from seasoned professionals. The engaging Q&A sessions facilitated a direct interaction with industry experts, addressing queries and providing nuanced clarifications.
Venturing Beyond: Exploring Cooperative Landscape in Thailand
The visiting delegation embarked on immersive field visits, adding a practical dimension to their academic pursuits. On the 23rd of August, they explored prominent cooperative organizations in Thailand. Noteworthy visits included the Federation of Savings and Credit Cooperatives in Thailand (FSCT), the museum chronicling the evolution of Financial Cooperatives, and the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperative (BAAC).
Inspirational Sojourn: FIGnature Garden and Interactive Farmer Session
Chonburi Province played host to an insightful expedition. The delegation visited the FIGnature garden, a testament to sustainable agriculture’s potential. In an interactive session, they engaged directly with local farmers, sharing insights, experiences, and wisdom.
Eminent Delegation: Faces Behind the Indian Representation
The Indian delegation was graced by illustrious figures from the realm of cooperative banking. Bhima Subrahmanyam, Chairman of the International Cooperative Banking Association (ICBA), lent his esteemed presence. The team also included NEDAC Director R Krishna and Thailand’s APRACA Secretary-General, Prasanna Kumar. The visionary chairman of NAFSCOB, Konduru Ravinder Rao, and TSCAB’s Vice Chairman, Gongadi Mahender Reddy, contributed their expertise. The accomplished TSCAB Managing Director, N Muralidhar, and all DCCB chairpersons from Telangana were integral to the delegation.
A Forward Leap: Bridging Knowledge and Collaboration
The NEDAC workshop in Bangkok stood as a testament to the power of global collaboration, transcending borders and fostering enlightenment. With discussions that traversed the intricacies of sustainable financing, SDGs, and cooperative success stories, the event fortified the participants’ resolve to steer agricultural cooperatives towards prosperity and social progress._
A Golden Opportunity: What to Expect
This workshop is a gateway to imbibing knowledge from leading experts and gleaning insights into sustainable financing practices. It serves as a compass, guiding participants toward the path of SDG attainment within agricultural cooperatives. The event offers a unique platform to connect with industry peers, exchange ideas, and build networks in the vibrant setting of Thailand.
The workshop’s itinerary is designed to immerse participants in a multifaceted learning experience. The itinerary comprises:
- Interactive sessions and group discussions
- Expert-led presentations and in-depth case studies
- Q&A dialogues with industry mavens
- Engaging field visits to prominent cooperative institutions in Thailand
To secure a seat at this invaluable event, a registration fee of US$ 1,000 per person applies. This investment promises a substantial return in the form of knowledge, insights, and connections that can propel your cooperative endeavors to new heights.
Journey of Enrichment: Workshop Schedule
Embark on a journey of knowledge and enrichment as you follow this engaging schedule:
Day 1 (Tuesday) – August 22, 2023
- 9.00 – 9.30: Commencement with the Opening Ceremony (Venue: Bangkok Hotel)
- 9.30 – 16.30: Immersive Technical Sessions
- 18:30 – 21:30: Extend the experience at the Welcome Dinner (Cruise Dinner)
Day 2 (Wednesday) – August 23, 2023
- 9.00 – 10.30: Visit the Federation of Savings and Credit Cooperatives in Thailand Limited (FSCT)
- 10.30 – 11.30: Journey into the Museum of Evolution of Financial Cooperative in Thailand
- 12.00 – 13.30: Pause and replenish during the Lunch Break
- 14.00 – 16.30: Discover the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC)
Day 3 (Thursday) – August 24, 2023
- 8:00 – 10:00: Embark on a Journey to Chonburi Province
- 10:00 – 12:00: Immerse in a Field Visit to the FIGnature Garden (Sustainable Agriculture) in Chonburi, Thailand
- 14:00 – 16:30: Participate in an Interactive Session & Event Conclusion (Venue: Chonburi Hotel)
Unveiling a Future of Sustainability and Prosperity
As the world evolves, so must agricultural cooperatives. This workshop stands as a beacon of enlightenment, paving the way for sustainable financing, SDG achievement, and the collective growth of cooperative ventures. Join us in this transformative journey and contribute to a brighter future._