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Vietnam Cooperative Alliance (VCA) organised the 6th National Representative Congress for the term 2020 – 2025 from 20th to 22nd December 2020 in Hanoi. This event was organized when Vietnam is striving to implement the “double objectives” in preventing the Covid-19 pandemic effectively as well as concentrating on revival and socio-economic development.


The event provided an opportunity for the VCA system to evaluate the results achieved in the past five years and prepare the direction, objectives, and mission for the coming time. The delegates of the 6th National Representative Congress were high-ranking leaders of the Party, the State, and the Government of Vietnam; representatives of ministries, branches, massive organizations, international organizations and diplomatic missions in Hanoi; and over 1,000 delegates representing 63 provincial, city cooperative alliances nationwide, the cooperatives, the federations of cooperatives in all fields and sectors in Vietnam.  The objectives of the Congress were:


  • The collective economy and cooperatives in the period of 2020-2025 will continue to develop in quantity, scale, and quality. Average growth speed to be increased to 8-15% per year, the income of the cooperative members to be increased from 6% per year.
  • Attract individuals, households, and others to join the cooperatives and pre-cooperatives on an average 15% per year and at least 60% of individual households in the rural areas to be cooperative and pre-cooperative members.
  • By the end of 2025, attract at least 90% of the total cooperatives, 100% of cooperative federations, and 30% pre-cooperatives that are operating, to become the regular members of VCA system.


These objectives were defined based on the data at the end of 2020 – there are 119,248 pre-cooperatives, 26,400 cooperatives, and 100 federations of cooperatives. There are 8.1 million members who are represented by individual households in rural areas, accounting for 33% of the total and who influence the living, the income, and the purchasing power of 30 million people.


Mr. Balasubramanian Iyer, Regional Director, ICA-AP congratulated VCA on the conduct of the Congress and appreciated their efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 effectively.