Rwanda to host the 17th ACCOSCA Congress
Hon. Minister François KANIMBA poses with the ACOSCA Local Organizing Team during the briefing on the preparations of the 17th ACOSCA Congress: from left – Peter RWEMA/AMIR; Damien MUGABO/RCA; Hon. Minister/MINICOM; George OMBADO/ACCOSCA; Angel TUMUKUNDE/MINICOM; Jean de Dieu TWIZERE/NCCR and Patrick HAGUMIMANA from MINICOM
Rwanda through AMIR embraces the golden opportunity to host the 17th ACCOSCA congress in October this year.
This was communicated by the ACCOSCA management in Kenya early this year.
The African Confederation of Cooperative Savings & Credit Associations, ACCOSCA in its acronym, is a Non-Governmental, Pan African confederation of national associations of savings and credit cooperatives societies. ACCOSCA opened its doors in1968 and is currently being governed by domicile laws and ACCOSCA constitution in Kenya.
The ACCOSCA General Assembly is held annually and is rotated within the region. It ensures that the activities of ACCOSCA remain relevant in meeting the challenges faced by Africa. It is in this respect that a bold step was taken to approve the Confederation revitalization program at Malawi General assembly meeting in 2007
Currently ACCOSCA has developed programs aimed at improving social-economic needs of Africa through saving and credit unions, partnering with various government bodies, development agencies and research institution so as to contribute towards mitigating challenges facing Africa in the twenty first century aimed at effectively supporting members, working on bringing services to the people not generally served by the formal sector.
AMIR was appointed as the Hosting Institution in the first technical meeting held early February at the Rwanda Cooperative Agency (RCA); though the hosting institution is supposed to play the key and leading role in all the related preparations, NCCR (the National Cooperatives Confederation of Rwanda) will also be playing a supportive role to ensure that the process of the event preparations is being implemented efficiently.
In the interview, Mr. George OMBADO the Chief executive Officer of ACCOSCA highlighted that hosting this Summit will be a kind of a “Returning point” for Rwandans: Rwandans will learn much from advanced countries as regards to financial inclusion and access – “… we are expecting to have many people across Africa and across the world, from better countries, to come and share their experience…” He emphasized.