Zenkyoren collaborates with various cooperatives around the world and works to promote the cooperative movement.Zenkyoren plays a central role in international cooperative organizations. We are a member of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)*1 and the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF)*2 and participate in the activities of these organizations through conferences and committees. In addition, the president of Zenkyoren serves as chair of the Asia and Oceania Association of the ICMIF (AOA)*3.At these international cooperative organizations, members cooperate in activities to help resolve various global issues, such as widening of the divide between rich and poor and climate change. In the cooperative insurance sector, these organizations engage in activities to popularize microinsurance, which is attracting attention as a means of breaking the chain of poverty in developing countries. Zenkyoren actively supports the ICMIF’s mutual microinsurance initiative in developing countries. We participated in an AOA-organized study group for member organizations held in August 2016 in the Philippines to deepen understanding of the business strategies and activities of local cooperatives and engaged in fundraising activities targeting Zenkyoren ofcers and employees.In addition, to support initiatives of member organizations to address the issues of digital technologyutilization and participation by young generations, Zenkyoren and other cooperative organizations co-hosted an AOA seminar held in October 2016 in Tokyo at which participants disseminated information and exchanged views through lectures given by specialists and the introduction of best practices.International Initiatives*1ICA (International Co-operative Alliance) Founded in 1895, the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) consists of 290 organizations from 101 countries (as of August 2016). With some one billion members, it is the largest non-governmental organization in the world and is registered as an advisory body of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.*2ICMF (International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation) The International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) was established in 1922 for the purpose of contributing to the development of cooperative and mutual insurance. It consists of 290 organizations from 75 countries (as of October 2016).*3AOA (Asia and Oceania Association of the ICMIF) The Asia and Oceania Association of the ICMIF (AOA) was founded in 1984 for the purpose of promoting the cooperative insurance movement in the Asia and Oceania region. It consists of 47 organizations from 14 countries (as of January 2017).Global PartnershipSpecial CommitteesRegional AssociationsICAInternational Co-operative AllianceICMIFInternational Cooperative and Mutual Insurance FederationAOAAsia and Oceania AssociationICMIF/AmericasICMIF/Regional Association for the AmericasAMICEThe Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in EuropeAOA members’ Study Group (Philippines)18Annual Report 2017

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