May 11, 2018

Rishad ready to digitalise cooperatives

The cooperatives should now enter the digital stage, said Commerce and Industries Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, addressing the Cooperative heads conference held at the BMICH.

The Minister said,” The cooperatives outlets and the mega centres need to be modernised with all facilities in order to attract customers. Currently, the cooperatives sector has succeeded in preserving their identity in the market.

The management of the cooperatives society should take further measures to further develop their services, making it more attractive to the public. The fuel stations of these cooperative societies have become the main income source. In order to uplift the productivity of the staff, further training programmes should also be organised for them.

There are 304 cooperative societies within the nine provinces, including 368 cope cities, 28 mega cope cities, 1679 regional cooperatives and 3,108 cooperatives around the country. The cooperatives societies should be commended for the service they render in providing goods to the public at reasonable prices,” the minister said.

The acting secretary of the ministry K. Piyaratne, Cooperatives Development Commissioner and Cooperatives Societies Registrar S.L. Nazeer, The Chairman of the National Cooperatives Board Lalith Pieris, Chairman of the General Committee of rural banks Dhammika Soloman, the Chairman of the Consumer Societies Federation Ruwan Bandara Tennakoon and several others participated in this event.