|Oneness of Cooperative Enterprises
|Haile Selassie the First - July 7, 1964
... The fundamental purpose of a community development
movement is to teach the rural people of Our Empire that through
co-operative self-help and a united approach to common
problems, the vast potential for their own self-improvement
which they themselves represent can be translated into effective
programmes which can do much to improve their standard of
The co-operative movement has long been known throughout the
world, and We Ourself have on numerous occasions urged Our
people to join increasingly in co-operative enterprises.
Co-operatives must, ultimately, play a highly important role in the
growth of Our economy, and no time can be lost in availing
ourselves of the benefits to be derived from them. During the
past year, We decided upon a programme designed to provide
specific encouragement to the creation of agricultural
co-operatives, and a number of Government-sponsored
co-operative farms have been established by Our Ministry of
National Community Development. We have provided land,
agricultural machinery and expert assistance to these farms, and
We entertain high hopes that their success will spur Our people to
embark increasingly upon co-operative endeavours. Should Our
people fail to avail themselves of this opportunity, the
consequences will be regrettable indeed...
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