The Co-operative University of Kenya and the The Malaq Maye Cooperative Institute (MMCI) have signed a progressive Memorandum of Understanding that will see an African Youth Cooperative Centre and African Youth Cooperative City developed in Kenya; this will be a state of the art Hub bringing together youths across the Globe to work together in co-operative entrepreneurship. Signing the pact at the University’ Main Campus in Karen, Nairobi on Tuesday 25th July, 2017, CUK’s, Ag. Vice Chancellor Prof. Kamau Ngamau expressed optimism that the project will be a game changer upon completion in meeting unique needs for the co-operative movement worldwide especially regionally. He further underscored that the initiative would integrate youths from afar and serve a significant purpose in the growth of the region’s economy. He added that putting in place technological systems that appeal to the younger generation would draw many youths into the program and thus improve the co-operative sector.
The MCCI CEO Mr. Mohamed Maie Mohamud, the signing the pact, said that CUK working with MMCI was such an impetus for the success of the project. He appreciated the uniqueness that Kenya as a Country possess and challenged those present to showcase Kenya’s prowess to the rest of the World. He said that the partnership with CUK will provide the co-operative skills needed to see Africa Youth Coop City 2020 come to life.
Present during the signing of the pact among others were the CUK’s Deputy Vice Chancellors; in charge of Academic Affairs, Prof. Emily Akuno; Prof. Esther Magiri in charge of Finance, Planning & Administration; Prof. Isaac Nyamongo in charge of Cooperative Development, Research and Innovation, Director Institute of Co-operative Development Prof. Esther Gicheru, Ms. Jane Nderitu the Executive Director, MMCI and Ms. Faye Coffield from the USA.
The Malaq Maye Cooperative Institute Cooperative Institute (MMCI) is an African community-based co-operative formed in 2014 by members of the East African Diaspora Community.