The cooperative alliance of provinces and cities in the Central and Central Highlands regions has targeted to improve its cooperatives’ operation capacity while strengthening management and developing production and business plans.

The plan was made at a conference in central Quang Nam province on December 25 to review the alliance’s performance in 2013 and discuss orientations for 2014.

The conference underscored the next year task of developing cooperatives in combination with the implementation of local programmes and projects, contributing to economic restructuring and building new rural areas in the regions.

The alliance has over 5,000 cooperatives and 65,000 cooperative groups involving various fields, such as agriculture-forestry-fishery, transportation, services and construction.

Apart from developing production and business to help increase income for cooperative members, the alliance organised over 100 training courses for more than 3,200 cooperative managers and members to improve their capacity on management, inspection and internal auditing.

It also orgnaised activities to help cooperatives in trade promotion and technology transfer.-VNA