The National, Tuesday July 9th, 2013
IT came as an untimely surprise and to read with great sadness, the passing of a wonderful, passionate Cooperative Society Unit (CSU) man, Bul Hartung Dulau, from Madang (The National, June 26).
He was one of the few survivors of the Laloki Cooperative College outside Port Moresby, in the 1970s.
Dulau took a position in the CSU in 2011 and given his background, we knew something good would come out of it.
That was the time when many cooperatives were hoping to access the Cooperative Society’s revolving fund in the National Development Bank to boost their efforts in implementing
the government’s economic development programme called The Export Driven Economy Recovery and Growth Strategy (2002-07).
Today, there are hundreds and thousands of cooperatives sprouting across PNG and I believe the 22 provinces have no idea how many exist, let alone how to support them, evaluate their successes or document their contributions to the economy.
The cooperative society model fits well into our traditional rural societies and its seven principles suit the small people.
The Trade, Commerce and Industry Department hosted the first national small and medium enterprises (SME) meeting in Madang last week.
We were all excited as the cooperative’s target of having a total of K10 million in funds by that date had been reached.
I wonder what the future holds for the many cooperatives out there.
I am sure Dulau was at the meeting in spirit as the country plotted new pathways for SMEs.
For me and those who share the cooperative’s dreams, I say dange ngayam, dange soko; go in peace, rest in peace.
We will pursue the dream until the full potential of cooperatives is achieved in PNG.
Cooperatives at Heart