The highly anticipated Annual Co-operative Leaders' Conference (ACLC) returns and this time the Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF) is bringing the co-operatives to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia from 5-8 November 2022.
Due to the pandemic which halted international travel, the annual flagship event was put on hiatus in 2020 but resumed on local turf in Singapore in 2021. ACLC 2022 will make its welcome return overseas this year at Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia.
The annual event aims to help co-operatives strengthen their processes and capabilities to learn, stay relevant, and continue serving members in Singapore. Last year’s ACLC covered content across Personal Data Protection, Safe Event Management, and Governance.
Becoming More Resilient
The theme for ACLC 2022 is “Becoming More Resilient” and emphasises how co-operatives are hardy enterprises that can adapt and grow to overcome the challenges and hurdles that come their way. Most importantly, “Becoming More Resilient” is a call to action for co-operatives to future-proof themselves and be more equipped to deal with future challenges, as well as to better serve their members’ needs.
“The way our co-ops handle the effects of the Covid pandemic is testament to our collective resilience to continue to do good and our shared values to support one another,” says Mr Ang Hin Kee, Chief Executive Officer of SNCF.
Programme & Speakers Unveiled
In line with the theme of the conference, SNCF has spotlighted two salient topics – Cybersecurity and Crisis Communications – to be addressed on at ACLC 2022.
As the name suggests, the first of two keynotes is all about “Navigating Cybersecurity Landscape”, it will be helmed by fellow co-operator Mr Tan Yong Seng, the Chief Infrastructure & Security Officer of NTUC Enterprise. Mr Tan’s keynote will educate co-operatives how best to protect themselves against prevailing cyberthreats.
The second keynote “Leadership Through Communications” is by Ms Jessie Ho, Managing Director from Ninemer PR and Communications. A familiar face amongst co-operatives in Singapore, Ms Ho has had interacted with co-operatives in Singapore for close to a decade. She will inform fellow co-operators how to leverage communication tools, such as media, to handle crises as well as how crisis can happen when staff use these tools wrongly.
Co-operative leaders will also participate in the Forward Singapore Exercise organised by SNCF to engage the co-operative leaders to envision the future of Singapore and the Singapore Co-operative Movement; identify challenges and opportunities for the Movement; as well as build consensus on the social compact and how co-operatives can play a key role in Singapore’s future.
Forward Singapore is a collective effort led by Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong, working in partnership with Singaporeans, to review and refresh Singapore’s social compact and set out a roadmap for our future. Singapore’s social compact is an expression of our shared values and norms, and determines the roles and responsibilities of the Government, the community, businesses, and individuals in society.
“Participants to this leadership conference will build on existing know-how to empower themselves and cooperate better for the future,” Mr Ang adds.
The conference will be documented photographically and written-up so that fellow co-operators’ contributions are captured.