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2020 ICAO General Meeting

23 OCTOBER 2020

One of the eight sectoral organizations under the International Cooperative Alliance, the International Cooperative Agricultural Organisation (ICAO) held a virtual General Meeting  on 22 October 2020. Agricultural Credit Cooperatives of Turkey was present at the General Assembly along with 15 agricultural cooperatives from all around the world.

Acting President Mr Sung-hee Lee welcomed all the participants and made an opening speech. Mr Lee stated that the ICAO acts as a platform to share experience and information and he addressed such issues as collaboration with international organzations like the FAO and WFP, initiating joint projects for cooperatives, promoting agriculture and smart farming, the role of cooperatives to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to achive Sustainable Development Goals.

Following Mr Lee’s speech, ICAO Secretary General Mr Jong-wook Lee presented a report on past activities, finances, membership and activity plans for 2021. Members present at the General Meeting cast their votes online and it was announced that proposed ammendments were all accepted.

Mr Sung-hee Lee, who was named as acting president during the virtual meeting of the Executive Committee held on 1 July upon the resignation of the ICAO President Mr. Byeong-won Kim in late May, was approved as the new ICAO President. Mr Lee will serve as president until the next elections in 2021 where the ICAO will be electing a new Executive Committee.

Agricultural Credit Cooperatives of Turkey congratulates Mr Sung-hee Lee on being approved as the new ICAO president and wishes him a successful term of office.