In our region [Sicily], we focus on developing a regulatory framework and building an economic programme for cooperatives in agriculture.
I agree that the state should back cooperatives at the regulatory and economic levels, especially start-ups in this area.
In the area of agriculture the major is first to give Co-operatives access to imports and to arrange agreements for marketing their production.
The cooperative movement should be empowered and all levels of the authorities should trust and help cooperatives.
What must not be underestimated is the role of cooperatives as social groups working for the good of society.
First, we need to harmonize the legislation on cooperatives; second, we need to identify the criteria for a contemporary sustainable cooperative, and third, we should focus on young people.
Promoting cooperatives in the Far East is doable, on condition that the state creates the requisite infrastructure to support cooperatives, including state distribution systems.
If the state and cooperatives make steps towards each other, there will be real progress.
Historically, cooperative business has not only proven its flexibility and stability in times of crisis, but also its ability to act in various economic systems: under feudalism, capitalism and socialism.
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