Overseas Activities“More than Insurance” was the overall theme for the 2015 Biennial Conference of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF)*1. Held in Minneapolis, U.S.A. in October 2015, the event was an opportunity to share information about the role of cooperative and mutual insurance organizations in supporting communities and combating climate change and poverty. During the conference, Zenkyoren President Tamotsu Shozui gave a presentation about the role played by Zenkyoren after the Great East Japan Earthquake. He emphasized the importance of preparing for major disasters. Zenkyoren also participates in the Asia and Oceania Association (AOA)*2, which is a regional association of the ICMIF. Zenkyoren executives attended a networking event in New Zealand in December 2015 to foster mutual understanding with other visiting organizations and share information about issues affecting member organizations. Zenkyoren plays a central role in various international cooperative organizations as a member of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)*3 and the ICMIF. Zenkyoren President Tamotsu Shozui also serves as Chair of the AOA.International Initiatives*1 The International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) was established in 1922 and consists of 230 organizations from 71 countries (as of October 2015).*2 The Asia and Oceania Association of the ICMIF (AOA) was founded in 1984. It consists of 44 organizations from 14 countries in Asia and Oceania (as of October 2015).*3 Founded in 1895, the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) consists of 292 organizations from 95 countries (as of January 2015). With around 1 billion members, it is the biggest non-governmental organization in the world and is registered as an advisory body of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.Global PartnershipSpecial CommitteesRegional AssociationsICAInternational Co-operative AllianceICMIFInternational Cooperative and Mutual Insurance FederationAOAAsia and Oceania AssociationICMIF/AmericasICMIF/Regional Association for the AmericasA networking event in New ZealandICMIF biennial conference17Annual Report 2016


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