On behalf of the GICA Board of Directors, thank you for reviewing the 'Introduction to GICA' webinar that was held on June 30th. Our first webinar included 172 participants from 86 different organizations. We are excited for this GICA transformation and we welcome your feedback!
Why Change From GOCA to GICA?
Although we recognize that GOCA, the Global Offset and Countertrade Association, is a very well-known name and has been around for decades, as part of the process of reinventing ourselves and keeping up with the times, we wanted our organization to better reflect the evolving nature of our business by changing the name to GICA, the Global Industrial Cooperation Association. While the terms may still be used in certain places, we did not want the words “offset and countertrade” to solely define who we are. Our new name better captures our mission to connect and align focus on the changing trends in our industry. This change also recognizes that our purpose is to transform, connect and foster long-term international partnerships between all industry sectors, government industrial cooperation leaders and their respective countries’ national agendas and strategic priorities.
What is GICA Currently Working On?
To refresh and revamp GICA, we established four strategic goal groups, each led by a member of the Board. By implementing a communication plan, GICA plans to reach it's members by providing an updated website, informative monthly webinars, online training and knowledge sharing sessions, newsletters and communication via social media platforms.
Goal #1 - Membership Experience
To enhance the experience and connectivity of our key stakeholders to GICA.
Goal #2 - Culture
To create a year round culture within GICA.
Goal #3 - Rebranding
To increase the level of global awareness of GICA.
Goal #4 - Conferences
To continually innovate around our core offering, GICA's conferences.
Will There Be An In-person Conferences In 2020?
Given all of the uncertainties regarding protecting our members from COVID, and all of the budget cuts and travel restrictions imposed for the remainder of the year, GICA decided to cancel it's 2020 Spring and Autumn Conferences. Both conferences will be re-scheduled for 2021, with Madrid, Spain as the location for the 2021 Spring Conference, and Orlando as the location for the 2021 Autumn Conference. Confirmed dates will be communicated to our membership as soon as possible. GICA plans to hold online webinars in the upcoming months and will also hold an virtual conference this fall.
What Will Replace The 2020 Autumn Conference Scheduled For Orlando?
GICA is actively working on preparing an interactive, virtual experience that will replace the cancelled, in-person conference in Orlando. We invite each GICA participant to reach out to GICA staff to let us know how you would like to participate and/or what suggestions you have for topics and speakers. Your suggestions will ensure that we deliver an important, valuable and substantive series of presentations. Plans are underway for a late Fall 2020 event. More information will be available in September. Please email your topic and speaker suggestions to [email protected] or to [email protected].
When Is The Next GICA Webinar?
GICA is excited to offer virtual events with topics and content similar to our conference presentations. We are actively working on this and will send information to it's members in the coming weeks, keeping in mind that virtual webinar dates will take into account the European vacation season that typically occurs in July and August. The next tentative webinar session will take place at the end of August and will feature a presentation from Renaissance Strategic Advisors. Additional information and dates will be posted on our website later this summer.
Questions or Comments?
GICA welcomes your feedback. As we make the transition to GICA, please forward any questions, comments and suggestions to [email protected].