Context and Background

In the historical context, a second generation mainframe computer had been applied in Nepal in 1971 AD census. Whereas 1991 became the revolutionary period of global information technology. However, Nepal had been experiencing differently. In present context, Nepal is experiencing moderate progress so far. Usage of technology in diverse sector varies depending upon its needs, capacity, progress as well as outcomes.

Among others, cooperative sectors are not an exception. The chronological record clearly indicates that cooperative sectors are reluctant to utilizing the opportunity of information and technology. Digitization and Digitalization has become a mere planning in documents. The quantitative and structural framework of cooperatives in Nepal needs to adopt ICT for smooth operation and innovative approaches. A total of 31373 cooperatives and five layer of structural framework of cooperative movement of Nepal is in place. Pinning them in the ICT and digitization of workplace is quite mandatory for meaningful results.

In the present scenario, Cooperative Movement of Nepal is experiencing digitized working culture in a moderate manner. Digitizing workplace and delivering product and services to their members and community through digital platforms are only progressive. Current legal, structural and policy provision to apply digital application and networking in cooperative sector is quite a tricky. National Information and Communication Technology Policy 2015, existing Laws of Nepal and Digital Nepal Framework is not much generous towards cooperative sectors in terms of open policy.

Cooperatives are not resourceful nor technically sound to optimize the usage of ICT. However, growing cooperatives are practicing digitization in their workplace and leveraging digitalization in their services and products. Basically, the financial cooperatives are utilizing ICT based platforms in the satisfactory level whereas other commodity cooperatives are less utilizing the digital opportunities. The digital picture of cooperatives is confined due to the national digital policy, interrelated acts, less public expenditure in digitization, digitalization and digital transformation as well as limited resources, technical competencies, technology understanding and mindset.

Depending upon the working area, 125 cooperatives are under the jurisdiction of Federal Government while 6002 are under Provincial Government and remaining 23,759 under Local Government regulation. The network of cooperatives has reached almost all local levels of Nepal.

In this complexity, especially in the post COVID 19 context, the need of technological intervention in cooperative sector is well justified. Keeping this fact in view, the conclave is designed to develop, revitalize and repositioning digital products in the workplace of cooperatives. Nevertheless, the policy, institutional and behavioral competencies to optimize the usage of digitalization in product and service delivery will be well identified by the conclave.  

 

Contemporary Attempts

Cooperative sector of Nepal, however; has progressed moderately in the usage of ICT and digital platforms. National Cooperative Federations of Nepal has screened various software service provider and recommend a brand of Info Developers, Infinity Software System applicable in financial cooperatives for governance aspect. Apart from this, NCF is penetrating Cyber Security System of Virav Technology to stop all types of cyber-attacks. Apart, NCF has prepared Cooperative Cyber Security Policy and Cooperative Cyber Security Guidelines for cooperative movement of Nepal. NCF has installed Office Process Automation System (OPAS) to digitize the official daily works. Further, NCF has prepared the communication strategy, social media operation procedure and established the virtual studio in the post COVID scenario underpinning less paper works. For future prospect, NCF is lobbying for the establishment of cooperative data center.

Nepal Federation of Savings and Credit Cooperative Unions (NEFSCUN), a central level federation has been practicing digitization and digitalization in the workplace and member services. NEFSCUN is in line to implement Integrated Common Technology in Savings and Credit Cooperative Society (SACCOS). Accordingly, National Cooperative Bank Ltd (NCBL) is equally stressing on the digital usage to provide its services to be connected on payment getaway system. Accordingly, National Agriculture Cooperative Central Federation (NACCFL) is lobbying for coop e-commerce platform and other central unions are also pressing their desires on to obtain digital platforms. Primary cooperatives are providing financial services digitally. Saving and Credit Cooperatives are in front to provide financial solutions via Internet Banking, Core Banking, ATM and wallet, Mobile Banking, Tablet Banking, Branchless Banking and Digital Payment as well as online shopping portals are in use.

In the present scenario, Cooperative Movement of Nepal is experiencing digitized working culture in a moderate manner. Digitizing workplace and delivering product and services to their members and community through digital platforms are only progressive. Current legal, structural and policy provision to apply digital application and networking in cooperative sector is quite a tricky. National Information and Communication Technology Policy 2015, existing Laws of Nepal and Digital Nepal Framework is not much generous towards cooperative sectors in terms of open policy.

Cooperatives are not resourceful nor technically sound to optimize the usage of ICT. However, growing cooperatives are practicing digitization in their workplace and leveraging digitalization in their services and products. Basically, the financial cooperatives are utilizing ICT based platforms in the satisfactory level whereas other commodity cooperatives are less utilizing the digital opportunities. The digital picture of cooperatives is confined due to the national digital policy, interrelated acts, less public expenditure in digitization, digitalization and digital transformation as well as limited resources, technical competencies, technology understanding and mindset.

Depending upon the working area, 125 cooperatives are under the jurisdiction of Federal Government while 6002 are under Provincial Government and remaining 23,759 under Local Government regulation. The network of cooperatives has reached almost all local levels of Nepal.

In this complexity, especially in the post COVID 19 context, the need of technological intervention in cooperative sector is well justified. Keeping this fact in view, the conclave is designed to develop, revitalize and repositioning digital products in the workplace of cooperatives. Nevertheless, the policy, institutional and behavioral competencies to optimize the usage of digitalization in product and service delivery will be well identified by the conclave.  

 

Needs

Upscaling the existing scenarios is most necessary to compete with public and private sector financial and non-financial organizations. Revitalizing policy provisions to mainstream cooperative sector in digital Nepal, developing e-commerce platform for coops products purchase and sales, developing Cooperative Management Information System within Cooperative Movement of Nepal, optimizing Cooperative and Poverty Management Information System (CoPoMIS), Connecting cooperatives in National Payment Getaway are essentials for cooperatives at large.

Accordingly, digitization in the workplace of cooperatives is equally important. Office Automation, stressing on Paperless Delivery, developing Business Applications, Digital Security, Communication and Digital competencies among management teams is mandatory for smart works. In the other, digitalization in product and service delivery is a basic importance such as Digital Payment Services, Storing Data on cloud, working remotely, security, accessibility and so on. To eliminate all these hurdles, are cooperatives ready to adopt digitization in their workplace?

Objectives

  • To share knowledge on the importance of digitization in the cooperative workplace,

  • To identify and recommend policy gap in the digitization and digitalization process in cooperatives ,

  • To develop consensus among stakeholders for digital collaboration ,

  • To identify and recommend robust cooperative software and cyber security system ,

  • To create awareness on digitalization for data security in cooperatives ,

  • To conceptualize cooperatives in digital transformation process ,

 

Why to Attend?

  • Network with over 300 Cooperative Stakeholders,

  • Meet with Leading ICT Experts and Policy Makers,

  • Deep dive into technology potentials in Cooperatives,

  • Discover new opportunities with advance software and cyber security service providers,

  • Discuss on how and why are we ready to adopt ICT in a workplace,

  • Adaptation of cost effective information technology tools,

  • Key Takeaways for digital transformation in your cooperatives,

 

Expected Outcomes

  • Participant's Cooperative develop mindset to digitize their workplace.

  • Participant's cooperatives were aware and practice minimum digitization tools in their workplace.

  • Government of Nepal and stakeholder discussion initiated to improved ICT policy to enable cooperatives services.

  • Stakeholders open their windows for collective collaboration for better digital outputs.

  • Governance friendly cooperative software and cyber security system will be in place.

  • Cooperatives realized and practiced digitalization process and run on data security.

  • Conceptualized and aware on digital transformation process.

 

Venue Program

Date:

March 14-15, 2024

Place:

Hotel Yak and Yeti, Durbarmarg, Kathmandu

Registration

Participants are expected to do early registration. The registration will be closed 15 days before for necessary preparation. Generally, the participants will be asked to cover their own travel and accommodation cost except for some specific conditions. A minimum registration fee of NPR 11,300 (Eleven Thousand Three Hundred Only) including VAT to cover the basic services throughout the 2 days' conclave including program kits, coffee, breakfast as well as lunch and refreshment.

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