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Minister responsible for cooperatives, Ms. Catherine Danields met members of the St. Peters fisheries cooperative at the fisheries complex in Bioche.  She was accompanied by Registrar of Cooperatives, Ms. Mariet Caniville, Acting chief fisheries officer Mr. Riviere Sebastien and fisheries officer Mr. Norman Norris. The visit was organized to address the concerns of the fisher folks and to encourage none member to be part of the society. The minister stressed the importance of the fishing industry to Dominica and its potential for creating sustainable jobs for the people of the area and beyond. The minister urged the fisher men to work cooperatively to reap the benefits of their cooperative.  The fisher folks were motivated to get more women involved and to take an active role in the cooperative fishing business.


Ms. Canoville and the business class of the GSC

On Friday 8 November 2013, the Registrar of Cooperatives – Ms. Mariet Canoville held training at the Goodwill Secondary School (GSC). The Training was held on the Cooperative Principles and Philosophy. Thirty (30) business students from class 3-2 attended the session.

At the end the student were very enthusiastic about the movement and request that the Division works with them with a view to form a Junior Cooperative at their school.

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International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) - 91st ICA International Co-operative Day - 19th UN International Day of Co-operatives - 6th July 2013

"Cooperative enterprise remains strong in time of crisis".

The aim of the day is to increase awareness of co-operatives and promote the movement's successes and ideals of international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality, and world peace.

ICA first celebrated the International Day in 1923. The International Day is now run in partnership with the UN and the UN asks all member governments to participate in the celebrations each year.

The International Day has a different theme each year. Themes in recent years have included 'Co-operative enterprises build a better world' in 2012, ‘Youth, the future of co-operative enterprise’ in 2011 and ‘Co-operative enterprise empowers women’ in 2010. Co-operatives around the world celebrate the Day in many different ways, seeking to gain media coverage and public awareness at a local and national level.

UN International Day of Co-operatives, 6 July 2013 "Cooperative enterprise remains strong in times of crisis" - "La coopérative une entreprise qui reste forte en temps de crise" - "La empresa cooperativa se mantiene fuerte en tiempos de crisis".

This year's theme links to the global economic crisis and how many co-operatives are resilient to the effects of the crisis compared to shareholder businesses.


Co-operatives around the world celebrate the Day in many different ways. Below are examples of some of the activities organised by co-operatives around the world:

  • The messages of the ICA and United Nations are translated into local languages and widely disseminated to co-operators, media, and government officials at all levels.
  • Co-operatives use the media to create awareness on their movements and contributions.
  • Co-operative Fairs, exhibits, contests, and campaigns are held.
  • Meetings with government officials, United Nations agencies and other partner organisations are held.
  • Co-operatives partner with community agencies to champion economic, environmental, social and health challenges.
  • Cultural events are sponsored - theatre, concerts, etc.


The Cooperative Division is delighted to announce the Inauguration of the St. John's Fisherfolk Cooperative Study Group to be held at the Portsmouth Fisheries Complex on March 21st, 2012 at 3:30pm.

The Cooperative Study Group has been under the supervision of District Cooperative Officer for the West Ms. Ladona George.

The ceremony will be addressed by Government Officials including the Honourable Gloria Shillingford, Minister for Social Services, Community Development & Gender Affairs. The Group is expected to be registered under the name "St. John's Fisherfolk Cooperative Society Limited".

Ms. Janae Jackson, the winner for the IYC Theme Song Competition is expected to perforn.

The Cooperative Division has organised a Financial Management Seminar for all Fisheries Cooperatives involved in the operation of the fuel pumps in Dominica.

The training will be held on Wednesday 14th March, 2012 at the Fisheries Division Conference Room on the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard at 9:00am.

 The Aim & Objectives are as follows:


  1. To enable participants to develop appropriate skills in designing financial systems records and procedure and preparing gas pump services by respective cooperative societies.
  2. To harmonize financial systems, records, procedures and accounts for the efficient and effective management of cooperatively operated gas pumps


  1. To enable participants to recognize the role and value of appropriate financial records, system and procedures
  2. To enable participants to read, understand, analyze and interpret financial reports, including receipts and payments account and trading, income and expenditure statements.