JIS News

The National Union of Co-operative Societies Limited (NUCS), as part of activities to mark its 50th anniversary, staged an exposition at the office of the Department of Co-operatives and Friendly Societies, Kingston, on Thursday (October 8).
The exposition was held under the theme, ‘Co-operatives.The Way to Go.The Way to Grow’, and featured over 20 booths displaying an array of products and services offered by cooperatives, islandwide.
Corporate Planner, Policy Planning, Projects and Research, in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Joan Harris, lauded the society for the role it has been playing over the years.
“The success you now boast must be credited to the foresight, vision, initiative hard work and steadfastness of your leaders and members, who now total over 1 million strong,” she said.

President of the National Union of Co-operative Societies Limited (NUCS), Fitzgerald Rowe (left) conversing with Corporate Planner, Policy Planning, Projects and Research in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Joan Harris, during the exposition at the Department of Co-operatives and Friendly Societies, Kingston, on Thursday (October 8) to mark NUCS 50th anniversary.

She noted that the development of co-operatives could be used as a vehicle to “breathe life” into rural communities.
“Co-operatives empower people, by enabling even the poorest segments of the population to participate in economic progress. They create opportunities for those who have skills but little capital, and they provide protection by organising mutual help in communities,” she said.
She cited the Christiana Potato Growers Co-operative, as an example of one that has transformed a normal rural district into one with immense opportunities for a vibrant enterprise zone.
General Manager at NUCS, Albert Smith, said that the event was largely geared at encouraging participants to become aware of the co-operatives role in society.

Corporate Planner, Policy Planning, Projects and Research in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Joan Harris (left), and President, National Union of Co-operative Societies Limited (NUCS), Fitzgerald Rowe, observing a copy of the programme for the exposition at the Department of Co-operatives and Friendly Societies in Kingston, on Thursday (October 8) to mark the 50th anniversary of NUCS.

“When we talk about co-operatives, we are talking about what we deem the financial as well as the non-financial co-operatives; in other words, credit unions and the other types of co-operatives. Everybody in Jamaica is aware of credit unions, but not many persons are aware of the other co-operatives,” he told JIS News.
He explained that there are housing, agriculture, transportation and a wide range of other co-operatives in Jamaica.He encouraged Jamaicans and persons in the wider Caribbean, to look at co-operatives as a business model. He also noted that it is one way of doing business, which is effectively encouraging people to pool their resources.
Highlighting the significance of the theme, he said that in this economic environment, the co-operatives are one of the best ways of doing business to empower people, and to improve the economic and social wellbeing of the country.
NUCS 50th anniversary celebrations will culminate with an awards banquet, where stalwarts in the movement will be recognized.
NUCS’ is a tertiary co-operative, which functions as a federation of all Co-operatives Societies in Jamaica. It provides national and international representation of co-operatives and promotes the co-operative philosophy and principles.