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Seminar on Export Readiness to the Co-operative Secretaries

March 1, 2008

28 February 2008

Dharamshala: The secretaries of the Tibetan Co-operative Societies and
general managers of units of the Federation of Tibetan Co-operative in
India (FTCI) are in Dharamsala, exploring methods to upgrade their
agricultural and handicraft products to meet the growing demands in
the export marts.

A two-day seminar cum workshop - Export Readiness - organised by FTCI
began yesterday at the Gangkyi staff mess in Dharamsala. The workshop
is funded by Netherlands-based Fair Trade Original (FTO).

Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche in his opening address said: " Under the
12th Kashag, policies and guidelines were formulated to lay strong
emphasis to make cooperatives more self reliant."

He further said: "The Department of Home has been spending a large
amount of money to train Tibetans in cooperative management in order
to establish sustainable and self-reliant cooperatives."

He underlined that special emphasis on appointing cooperative
secretaries, who have training and expertise in cooperative management
should be strengthened.

During the seminar, agendas including, importance of roles and
responsibilities of cooperative secretaries, quality management of
products and importance of Co-operative Society were discussed.

FTCI is a registered independent body formed in April 2005, which is
composed of 15 Tibetan co-operatives.

The federal body aims to make the settlements viable by promoting the
interests of all its individual members to attain their social and
economic betterment through self-reliance and mutual help in
accordance with the co-operative principles.

It facilitates member co-operative societies with agricultural inputs,
tractor ploughing, consumer store, telephone services, milk diary,
flour mills, carpet and handicrafts, marketing agricultural produce,
rice mills.
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