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Singapore, 17 November 2017 - Members of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), the apex organisation for more than 300 member organisations across 105 countries and representing close to one billion individuals worldwide, have today elected Mr Kwek Kok Kwong, Chairman of the Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF), into the ICA Global Board.

Mr Kwek, who is also Chief Executive Officer of NTUC LearningHub Co-operative Limited, is one of 15 newly-elected members of the ICA Board this year. The Board oversees the interests of the global co-operative movement and works with international policymakers to create a more supportive political, legal and regulatory environment in which co-operatives can thrive.

Based on 2017 World Co-operative Monitor1, an annual research report produced by ICA that collects data on co-operatives around the world, the largest 300 co-operatives have a combined turnover of USD2.16 trillion in 2015, exceeding the GDP of countries such as Canada (USD1.53 trillion) and Italy (USD1.85 trillion) and placing it among the world’s top 10 economies.

This year, there are 21 candidates for the ‘at large’ board of directors.

Mr Kwek is the second Singaporean to be elected into the ICA Global Board after Mr Seah Kian Peng, Chief Executive Officer, NTUC FairPrice Co-operative Ltd of Singapore. Mr Seah served on the Board for three terms from 2005 to 2017.

Dr Ang Hak Seng, Executive Director of the Registry of Co-operative Societies (the Registry), and Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) said: “On behalf of MCCY and the Registry, I would like to congratulate Mr Kwek on his appointment to the ICA Global Board. This is a strong testimony to Singapore’s achievement and contribution to the global co-operative sector. I believe that Mr Kwek will represent Singapore well in the global co-operative movement to meet the changing needs of people around the world. Through greater collaboration in areas like supporting the silver generation and engaging the youth, we can build a stronger co-operative movement and bond within communities.”

The election took place at ICA’s Global Conference and General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. From 14 to 17 November 2017, ICA members and the global co-operative community gathered to discuss the sustainability and growth of the co-operative movement.

Themed “Putting People at the Centre of Development”, the conference delved into the key role of co-operatives, as a growing and sustainable form of enterprise, can play to improve equality, end poverty, care for the environment, and empower communities around the world.

“It is a great honour for me to be elected and I am grateful to ICA members, ICA-Asia Pacific Board members and SNCF for their support and nomination. Co-operatives have a unique sustainable business model that puts people at the centre of development. As a new member of the Global Board, I believe my experience in diplomacy and collaboration will help ICA to achieve its strategic objectives – to create an enabling environment for co-operatives to thrive and grow, and to advance the global co-operative movement’s economic and social impact,” said Mr Kwek, who will serve a four-year term from November 2017. He continued, “I also look forward to forging closer collaborations between local, regional and international co-operatives, supporting the needs of the world’s ageing population and growing the co-operative movement amongst the youth of today to promote the sustainability of the co-operatives. Only by working together can we be Greater Together."

A board member of the ICA-Asia Pacific Board since November 2016, Mr Kwek has actively forged closer relations and strengthened ties between Singapore’s co-operative movement and regional and international co-operatives. Under his leadership, SNCF has hosted and organised many exchanges with co-operative leaders from countries such as Iran, South Korea, India and Malaysia.

As the CEO of NTUC LearningHub, Singapore’s largest education and training co-operative, Mr Kwek had been instrumental in supporting the nation-wide SkillsFuture campaign to re-skill and up-skill the workforce, focusing on Infocomm Technology (ICT) and digitisation to better prepare employees for a fast-changing economy. In recent years, he also led the expansion of its suite of offerings to include training in design thinking, productivity, human resource, and eldercare.

ICA is an independent, non-governmental association that unites, represents and serves co-operatives globally. Members of ICA include national level co-operative federations, individual co-operatives, organisations and government offices.

It is one of the first non-government organisations officially recognised by the United Nations. Today it holds general category consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and works with global and regional governments and organisations to create conducive legislative environment that allow co-operatives to form and grow.


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The results for Co-op Hot Shots 6 are out! Top three winners of the International and Local Open categories as well as the winner of the Youth category, were selected by a panel of judges comprising Fujifilm's first female X-Photographer in Southeast Asia Ms Mindy Tan, Chairman of SAFRA Photographic Club Mr Calvin Ng and CEO of SNCF Ms Dolly Goh.

Over 330 entries from 11 countries, namely: Singapore, Bangladesh, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, US and Vietnam, were received. Below are the winning entries:

International Category - 1st Place: Amitava Chandra, India
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Caption: In a food camp for the rural children, the eldest has taken the full-hearted initiative in feeding the youngest for the latter's proper nutrition.

International Category - 2nd Place: Pranab Basak, India
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Caption: This black and white photo shows little kids of a brickfield are helping a physically challenged street hawker to move up.

International Category - 3rd Place: Deba Prasad Roy, India
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CaptionA teacher associated with a NGO in the state of West Bengal, India, is providing free education to the children of the down trodden class in the society. These children are the sons and daughters of the local Brick Kiln employees.

Local Open Category - 1st Place: Ong Yi Chao
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CaptionCaring for the less fortunate is one of the best ways to build a caring and inclusive community. A simple act of kindness brightens their day.

Local Open Category - 2nd Place: Jasline Tan
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CaptionOne Sunday morning, I happened to see this young lady helping to push this elderly woman up a zig-zag ramp below my block. In view of our ageing population, it is important that we strive to be a caring and inclusive society.

Local Open Category - 3rd Place: Ahmad Iskandar Bin Abdullah
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Caption: This photo from an aerial view shows a group of people working together as a team in order to achieve excellence.

Youth Category - 1st Place: Xin Lin
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CaptionThis was taken last September during our 2-day community service trip to Batam, Indonesia where we liaised with a village – packing and distributing primary necessities to every household in the village. It is a heart-warming to see the genuine smiles upon receiving their packs from us.

Congratulations to all winners and thank you to all participants for your wonderful submissions! 

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Are you a photographer who inspires too make an impact with your photos? Can your photos tell a story? If so, here's your chance to showcase your talents and win attractive prizes!

Co-op Hot Shots 5 is the fifth edition of the annual photo competition that aims to provide a platform for photography enthusiasts to share a visual story of the co-operative values. These values are co-operatiion, self-help, equality, mutual help and care for others. This year's theme of 'Making an Impact' focuses on how simple acts of graciousness and cooperation can translate to positive impact that makes a meaningful difference to the lives of people around us.

Send us your best shot now and you could be one of the winners of our cash prizes. 

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Co-op Hot Shots 6 is back this year with the theme "Building a Caring and Inclusive Community" from 28 August to 30 October 2017.

Submit your photo and win attractive cash prizes of up to $1,000!

Look out for more details to be releasesd soon!

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SNCF Co-operative Scholarship 2017 is now open for application!

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The Good Life Co-operative (TGLC) was featured on Channel News Asia, regarding the challenges of sustaining a healthcare co-operative.

Watch the feature!

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TENDER NOTICE

The Singapore National Co-operative Federation invites tenders for a Research Study on Credit Co-operatives in Singapore.

The Invitation to Tender (“ITT”) document can be collected from 12 January 2017 Mon-Fri 09:00 to 17:30 (Singapore time) at:

Singapore National Co-operative Federation
510 Thomson Road #12-02
SLF Building
Singapore 298135

Contact person: Ms. Koh Li Lian
Email: liliankoh@sncf.org.sg
Tel: +65 6602 0742/ 747

Those who wish to receive a copy of the ITT document will be required to print and sign a confidentiality undertaking on their letterhead before they collect the document.

The document fee is S$50 (inclusive of GST). Please make payment by crossed cheque to “Singapore National Co-operative Federation Limited” or direct remittance to DBS Bank Ltd Singapore, account number 028-001801-0 (DBS SWIFT Bank Identifier Code (BIC): DBSSSGSG).

Closing date is 23 February 2017, 18:00 (Singapore time).

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