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					        The Colombo Plan
For Cooperative Economic and Social Development in Asia and the Pacific




      Proceedings and Conclusions of
 the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting




                          New Delhi, India
                        10 – 11 February 2010
       The Colombo Plan Member Countries



   Afghanistan       Australia      Bangladesh         Bhutan
     (1963)           (1950)          (1972)           (1962)




Brunei Darussalam       Fiji           India          Indonesia
     (2008)           (1972)          (1950)            (1953)




      Iran            Japan            Korea           Lao PDR
     (1967)           (1954)          (1962)            (1951)




    Malaysia         Maldives        Mongolia          Myanmar
     (1957)           (1963)          (2004)            (1952)




      Nepal         New Zealand      Pakistan      Papua New Guinea
     (1952)           (1950)          (1950)            (1973)




   Philippines       Singapore      Sri Lanka          Thailand
     (1954)            (1966)        (1950)             (1954)




                      U. S. A.       Vietnam
                      (1951)          (2004)




                      Canada      United Kingdom
                    (1951-1991)    (1951-1991)
Contents
Record of Conclusions .......................................................................................................................              7

Highlights ............................................................................................................................................   12

Agenda ................................................................................................................................................   16

Annex I
  List of Delegates ............................................................................................................................          18

Annex II
  Inaugural address of Honourable Finance Minister, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee on
  the occasion of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting of the Colombo Plan ........................                                                    31

Annex III
  Welcome address of Dr. Alok Sheel, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance,
  Government of India as Secretary-General of the 42nd Consultative Committee
  Meeting of the Colombo Plan ........................................................................................................                    34

Annex IV
  Vote of Thanks by Dato’ Patricia Yoon-Moi Chia, Secretary-General,
  the Colombo Plan Secretariat .........................................................................................................                  36

Annex V
  Acceptance Speech of the Finance Secretary, H.E. Shri Ashok Chawla on his election
  as Chairperson of the 42nd Colombo Plan Consultative Committee Meeting
  of the Colombo Plan ......................................................................................................................              38

Annex VI
  Response from Ambassador Patricia A. Butenis Colombo Plan Council President,
  to the Chairman, H.E. Ashok Chawla’s Acceptance Speech .........................................................                                        40

Annex VII
  Presentation on The Annual Work Plan of the Colombo Plan 2010 ..............................................                                            41

Annex VIII
  Presentation on CPSC Governing Board’s Report to the 42nd Consultative Committee
  Meeting of the Colombo Plan ........................................................................................................                    51

Annex IX
  An Overview of Public-Private Partnerships in India ....................................................................                                57

Annex X
  The ECO Secretary-General’s Statement .......................................................................................                           74

Annex XI
  Country Papers on Bilateral Technical Cooperation Programme ..................................................                                          78

Annex XII
  Closing Statement of Ms. L. M. Vas, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Finance,
  Government of India as Alternate Chairperson of the 42nd Consultative Committee
  Meeting of the Colombo Plan ........................................................................................................ 131

Annex XIII
  Vote of Thanks by Mr. Ronald Y. P. Manik, the Deputy Chairman of the
  42nd Consultative Committee Meeting of the Colombo Plan ....................................................... 133

Press Releases ..................................................................................................................................... 134

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Record of Conclusions


A. Formalities and Procedural Matters              said that public-private partnership, in addition
                                                   to freeing Government resources, would expand
1. The 42nd Meeting of the Colombo Plan            investment in core areas where returns are
Consultative Committee was held in New             low but are nevertheless necessary from the
Delhi, India beginning with a Pre-conference       viewpoint of public policy. PPPs are expected
Meeting on 9 February and the Meeting on           to bring in private sector capital, expertise and
10 and 11 February 2010. It was inaugurated        efficiency in operation and maintenance of the
by Honourable Pranab Mukherjee, Finance            infrastructure, thereby also improving both the
Minister of India on 10 February 2010.             quantity and quality of public service delivery.
                                                   He further added that India is looking forward
2. The Secretary-General of the 42nd               to working constructively towards making the
Consultative Committee was Dr. Alok Sheel,         Colombo Plan vital, vibrant, self-reliant and
Joint Secretary, Department of Economic            effective in addressing the economic and social
Affairs of the Ministry of Finance, India.         challenges faced by the region. The complete
                                                   text of the speech of Honourable Finance
3. The Meeting was attended by 94 delegates        Minister of India is attached as Annex II.
from 24 member countries, 11 observers from
7 countries and 4 international and regional       5. To mark the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee
organisations. The President of the Colombo        Year of the conceptualisation of the Colombo
Plan Council, the Secretary-General and staff of   Plan, Honourable Finance Minister of India
the Colombo Plan Secretariat and the Director-     launched the Colombo Plan Coffee Table Book
General of the Colombo Plan Staff College for      titled ‘A Legacy of Excellence: The Story of
Technician Education also participated at the      the Colombo Plan’. He commended the efforts
Meeting. The list of participants is attached as   of Dato’ Patricia Yoon-Moi Chia, Secretary-
Annex I.                                           General of the Colombo Plan, for the excellent
                                                   work done by her and her team for bringing
4. In his inaugural address, welcoming             out this excellent reference document. The
the dignitaries and delegates, Hon. Pranab         Consultative Committee commended the efforts
Mukherjee, Finance Minister of India               of the Colombo Plan Secretariat for producing a
emphasized that as a founder member, India         book of this nature for the first time. This book
had always taken a lead to promote the cause       documented how the Colombo Plan has assisted
of collective self-reliance among the Colombo      the development of member countries, while
Plan member countries and would continue           paying tribute to all who have contributed to the
to extend its whole-hearted support to the         Colombo Plan to become what it is today.
organisation. He recalled that his association
with the Colombo Plan dates back to 1975           6. The welcome address was made by Dr.
when he participated in the Colombo Plan           Alok Sheel, Secretary-General of the 42nd
Finance Ministers’ Meeting representing India.     CCM which is attached as Annex III. While
Highlighting the theme of the 42nd CCM, he         welcoming the delegates and other participants,


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he requested all delegates to take this opportunity    on the part of member countries. He further
to give their valuable advice with a view to           added that the international financial crisis
drawing up an action plan. It should reflect           has conclusively demonstrated the need for a
more intense commitments, specific identified          sensitive handling of the financial market and
training areas and associated modules as well          its regulatory framework and anchoring these
as a more realistic implementation within the          firmly to the needs of the real economy. He said
broad mandate of the Colombo Plan.                     that India is prepared to work with the Colombo
                                                       Plan Secretariat and financial regulators and
7. The Secretary-General of Colombo Plan               institutions in India to design suitable modules
expressed on behalf of all delegations and the         for capacity building in specific areas related to
Colombo Plan, her gratitude to the Chief Guest         financial market management and regulation.
for his gracious presence and for formally             The copy of the speech of the Finance Secretary
inaugurating the 42nd CCM. The vote of thanks          as the Chairperson of the 42nd CCM is attached
is attached as Annex IV.                               as Annex V.

8. H.E. Mr. Ashok Chawla, Finance Secretary            10. The Ambassador of the United States to
of India and Ms. L. M. Vas, Additional                 Sri Lanka and the Maldives, H.E. Patricia A.
Secretary of Department of Economic Affairs            Butenis, President of the Colombo Plan Council,
were proposed as Chairperson and Alternate             in her response, expressed the hope that the
Chairperson respectively, by the USA and               Colombo Plan would continue to work with
seconded by Bhutan. The Head of the delegation         consensus to meet the objectives of the Plan in
from Indonesia, Mr. Ronald Y. P. Manik                 order to build a strong and prosperous region.
was proposed as the Deputy Chairperson by              The response of H.E. Patricia A. Butenis, is
Australia and seconded by Malaysia.                    attached as Annex VI.

9. In his acceptance speech, Mr. Chawla dwelt          11. The meeting agreed that the Drafting
upon the changing role of the Colombo Plan.            Committee be chaired by Brunei Darussalam
The main objective of the Plan now is capacity         with members from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India,
development of the technical personnel,                Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of
managers and policy makers in member                   Korea.
countries so that highly qualified and trained
human resources are available to them for              B. Colombo Plan Activities
managing the economic activities. He further
said that best practices in member countries           Annual Reports of the Colombo Plan for
should be identified and disseminated among            2007/2008 & 2008/2009
stakeholders for the utilization of in-house
                                                       12. The Consultative Committee expressed
capabilities. He reaffirmed India’s commitment
                                                       its sincere appreciation to the Colombo Plan
to continue its cooperation in the Colombo
                                                       Secretariat for its contributions towards the
Plan activities and highlighted that India has
                                                       socioeconomic development of the Asia-Pacific
committed funds for strengthening vocational
                                                       region through its many training programmes
training needs aimed at issues relating to
                                                       and activities. The Committee considered and
poverty alleviation, SMEs and IT. He stressed
                                                       unanimously approved the Annual Reports of
on the qualitative aspects of the training and
                                                       the Colombo Plan for 2007/2008 & 2008/2009.
called for collective efforts for cooperation


8      Proceedings and Conclusions of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting
Annual Work Plan of the Colombo Plan              16. The Meeting approved the Report
2010                                              in principle along with the comments
                                                  communicated by various members and desired
13. The Chairperson invited the Secretary-        further studies on specific recommendations.
General of the Colombo Plan to brief the
Meeting on the Annual Work Plan 2010 for          Annual Reports of the Governing Board
its consideration. He added that this Plan was    of the Colombo Plan Staff College for
discussed and endorsed in the Colombo Plan        Technician Education for 2007/2008 &
                                                  2008/2009
Council Meeting on 20 January 2010. The
presentation made by the Secretary-General is
                                                  17. The Chairperson invited Dr. Shyamal
attached as Annex VII.
                                                  Majumdar, Director-General of Colombo Plan
                                                  Staff College in Manila to present its Annual
14. The Consultative Committee noted with
                                                  Reports. His presentation is attached as Annex
thanks the new initiatives of the Colombo Plan
                                                  VIII.
Secretariat for 2010. The Committee was also
highly encouraged by the efforts made by the
                                                  18. The Consultative Committee considered
Colombo Plan Secretariat in addressing the
                                                  and adopted the reports with appreciation for
emerging needs of member countries. The
                                                  the contribution of the Governing Board of the
Consultative Committee approved the Annual
                                                  Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician
Work Plan of the Colombo Plan 2010 and looked
                                                  Education for 2007/2008 and 2008/2009.
forward for the successful implementation of
the proposed activities.
                                                  Pledges of Voluntary Funds/Technical
                                                  Cooperation Programmes
Report and Recommendations of the First
Meeting of the Colombo Plan Advisory
Committee of Eminent Persons                      19. During this session the following pledges
                                                  were made:
15. The Chairperson informed that the Advisory
Committee’s Report was discussed in detail        (a) India highlighted the need for assimilating
in the Colombo Plan Council Meeting on 20         various initiatives both at bilateral and
January 2010. Apart from the comments made        multilateral levels under one umbrella. India
at the Council Meeting, 11 Member Countries       would increase the number of training slots
submitted their written comments which were       from 60 to 90 under the India Millennium
annexed to the report. The minutes of the 267th   Development Scheme, bringing the total to
Council Meeting also would be annexed to this     500 for the Colombo Plan member countries.
report. In her briefing, the Secretary-General    For Bhutan, India informed that Colombo Plan
highlighted that the recommendations aimed at     lecturers on deputation to various institutes in
increasing the efficacy, efficiency and funding   Bhutan would be increased from 13 to 30 for the
capacity of the Colombo Plan. She requested the   next financial year. India also offered to work
CCM to give a broad approval which would allow    with the Colombo Plan Secretariat in the field
the Colombo Plan Secretariat to begin planning    of financial market management and regulation.
for 2011. However, those recommendations that
had not been adopted by consensus would be        (b) The United States pledged a total of USD
further studied and discussed.                    12 million for the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory



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Programme to strengthen institutional capacities       where partnerships with the Colombo Plan
of the member states in the area of drug demand        could be forged. The copy of the statement is
reduction, prevention and treatment.                   attached as Annex X.

C. Special Issue                                       E. Country Presentations of Colombo
                                                       Plan Technical Cooperation Programmes
Public-Private Partnership – Indian
Experience in Structuring, Implementation              22. Country Presentations from 23 member
and Financing
                                                       countries, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh,
                                                       Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Fiji, Indonesia,
20. On the theme of the 42nd Consultative
                                                       Iran, Japan, Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia,
Committee Meeting a detailed presentation was
                                                       Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua
made by Mr. Govind Mohan, Joint Secretary,
                                                       New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka,
Ministry of Finance, Government of India. The
                                                       Thailand, the USA and Vietnam, are attached
copy of the presentation is attached as Annex
                                                       as Annex XI. A number of countries including
IX. The Consultative Committee appreciated the
                                                       Australia, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives,
efforts of the delegation of India in presenting
                                                       Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the USA
a comprehensive and informative background
                                                       and Vietnam used their country presentation
paper on Public-Private Partnership–Indian
                                                       to communicate their on-going voluntary
Experience in Structuring, Implementation
                                                       contributions that support the Colombo Plan
and Financing. The Committee conveyed its
                                                       programme activities.
special thanks to Mr. Govind Mohan for his
comprehensive presentation.                            F. Date And Venue Of The Next
                                                       Consultative Committee Meeting
D. Statements by Observers
                                                       23. The Consultative Committee accepted
21. Mr. Mohammed Yahya Maroofi, the                    with appreciation the gracious offer of the
Secretary-General of Economic Cooperation              Government of Indonesia to host the 43rd
Organisation (ECO), elaborated on the                  Consultative Committee Meeting in 2012. The
cooperation between the ECO and the Colombo            date and venue would be communicated at a
Plan. He expressed his delight at the success of       later date.
the Colombo Plan in its 60 years of operation.
The ECO had signed a Memorandum of                     G. Any Other Business
Understanding with the Colombo Plan in
May 2003. He welcomed the efforts made                 24. No other business items were raised.
by the Colombo Plan in the socioeconomic
development of the member countries. He                H. Concluding Session
also stated that ECO would like to have closer
integration with the Colombo Plan. He referred         25. The Alternate Chairperson, Ms. L. M. Vas,
to the drug menace in the area and requested           Additional Secretary, Ministry of Finance,
for the undertaking of joint activities to curb        Government of India in her closing statement
the drug menace. He made particular reference          expressed her thanks to the distinguished
to certain areas such as human resource                delegates and observers for the excellent
development and small and medium enterprises           contributions made by them for the successful


10     Proceedings and Conclusions of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting
conclusion of the deliberations. She also           Meeting. In conclusion, he invited all delegates
thanked the Secretary-General of the Colombo        and observers to Indonesia for the 43rd
Plan Secretariat and the Secretary-General of       Consultative Committee Meeting to be held in
the 42nd CCM and their respective staff for all     2012. The copy of his statement is attached as
the arrangements made in connection with the        Annex XIII.
Meeting. The copy of the statement is attached
as Annex XII.                                       27. The Consultative Committee expressed its
                                                    deep appreciation for the excellent arrangements
26. The Deputy Chairperson on behalf of             and for the generous hospitality extended by
all delegates and observers thanked the             the Government of India. It also appreciated
Government of India for its gracious hospitality.   the outstanding services provided by the 42nd
He thanked the Secretary-General of the 42nd        Consultative Committee Meeting Secretariat
CCM, Chairpersons and the Secretary-General         under the direction of Dr. Alok Sheel and the
of the Colombo Plan Secretariat and their staff     invaluable support provided by the Colombo
for their dedication and professionalism in         Plan Secretariat under the able leadership of
conducting the activities of the Colombo Plan       the Secretary-General of the Colombo Plan
and the excellent arrangements made for the         Secretariat.




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Highlights




       Lighting the oil lamp by: H.E. Patricia A. Butenis, President, Colombo Plan Council and the US
     Ambassador to SL and the Maldives; Hon. Pranab Mukherjee, Finance Minister of India; Shri Ashok
      Chawla, Finance Secretary, India; Dato’ Patricia Y. M. Chia, Secretary-General and Ms. L. M. Vas,
                                    Additional Finance Secretary of India




     From left: Dr. Alok Sheel, Secretary-General of the 42nd CCM; Dato’ Patricia Y. M. Chia; Shri Ashok
                 Chawla; Hon. Pranab Mukherjee; H.E. Patricia A. Butenis and Ms. L. M. Vas




12   Proceedings and Conclusions of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting
    Inaugural address by the Chief Guest,
Honourable Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee




Vote of Thanks by Dato’ Patricia Yoon-Moi Chia


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                                The Colombo Plan 42nd CCM in progress




                    Delegates from observing countries and international organisations




14   Proceedings and Conclusions of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting
Delegates of member countries and observers of the 42nd CCM




      The Colombo Plan Cooperating Partners in India




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Agenda

     9 February 2010

     1800 – 2130       Pre-Conference Meeting of Heads of Delegations followed by Dinner
                       hosted by the Secretary-General, the Colombo Plan Secretariat

     10 February 2010

     0900              Registration of delegates

     1030 – 1035       Lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest, Honourable Finance Minister of
                       India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee

     1035 – 1040       Welcome address by Dr. Alok Sheel, Secretary-General of the 42nd
                       CCM

     1040 – 1055       Inaugural address by the Chief Guest, Honourable Pranab Mukherjee

     1055 – 1100       Release of Compendium titled : “A Legacy of Excellence: The Story of
                       the Colombo Plan”, by the Finance Minister

     1100 – 1110       Vote of Thanks by Dato’ Patricia Yoon-Moi Chia, Secretary-General,
                       the Colombo Plan Secretariat

     1110 – 1130       Tea Break

     1130 – 1135       Election of Chairman

     1135 – 1145       Chairman’s acceptance speech by Mr. Ashok Chawla, Finance Secretary,
                       Government of India

     1145 – 1155       Response from H.E. Patricia A. Butenis, US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and
                       Maldives and President, Colombo Plan Council

     1155- 1205        Election of Deputy Chairman
                       Appointment of Drafting Committee
                       Recognition of Observers
                       Adoption of the Agenda
                       Announcement and Working Arrangements

     1205 – 1215       Annual Reports of the Colombo Plan for 2007/2008 & 2008/2009

     1215- 1225        Annual Work Plan of the Colombo Plan 2010

     1225 – 1235       Reports & Recommendations of the First Meeting of the Colombo Plan
                       Advisory Committee of Eminent Persons



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1235 – 1245    Annual Reports of the Governing Board of the Colombo Plan Staff College
               for Technician Education for 2007/2008 & 2008/2009

1245 – 1315    Pledges of Voluntary Funds/Technical Cooperation Scheme

1315 – 1415    Lunch

1415 – 1430    Presentation by Mr. Govind Mohan, Joint Secretary, DEA on the Special
               Theme Paper on Public- Private Partnership – Indian Experience in
               Structuring, Implementation and Financing

1430 – 1445    Question & Answers and Supplementary Observations on the Theme Paper

1445- 1600     Statement by Observers

1600 – 1620    Tea Break

1620 – 1800    Country Presentations

1800           Conclusion of the First Day Proceedings

2000           Dinner hosted by Mr. Ashok Chawla, Finance Secretary and Chairman of
               the 42nd CCM

11 February 2010

0930 – 1130    Country Presentations (Continue)

1130 – 1230    Approval of the Record of Conclusions

1230 – 1250    Other Business: Date and Venue of next CCM

1250 – 1300    Closing Remarks by Ms. L. M. Vas, Additional Secretary and Alternate
               Chairperson of the 42nd CCM

1300           Conclusion and Lunch

1430           Delhi Tour organised by the Government of India




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List of Delegates

     Member Countries

     Afghanistan                                    1.        H.E. Dr. Nazir Ahmad Shahidi
                                                              Deputy Minister
                                                              Ministry of Economy
                                                              Kabul
                                                              Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

                                                    2.        Mr. Mohammad Asef Hormat
                                                              Director-General
                                                              Foreign Relations Department
                                                              Ministry of Economy
                                                              Kabul
                                                              Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

                                                    3.        Mr. Shahabuddin Saqib
                                                              Counsellor
                                                              Embassy of Afghanistan
                                                              New Delhi, India



     Australia                                      4.        Mr. Mark Bailey
                                                              AusAid Regional Counsellor
                                                              High Commission for Australia
                                                              21, Gregory’s Road
                                                              Colombo 7, Sri Lanka

                                                    5.        Dr. Lachlan Starhan
                                                              High Commission for Australia
                                                              New Delhi, India



     Bangladesh                                     6.        Mr. Ruhul Alam Siddique
                                                              Minister (Political)
                                                              High Commission for the People’s
                                                              Republic of Bangladesh
                                                              EP-39, Dr. Radhakrishanan Marg
                                                              Chanakyapuri
                                                              New Delhi-110021



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                    7.    Ms. Shanchita Haque
                          First Secretary (Political)
                          High Commission for the People’s
                          Republic of Bangladesh
                          EP-39, Dr. Radhakrishanan Marg
                          Chanakyapuri
                          New Delhi-110021

Bhutan              8.    H.E. Mr. Daw Penjo
                          Foreign Secretary
                          Ministry of Foreign Affairs
                          Thimphu
                          Bhutan

                    9.    Mr. Kinzang
                          Head
                          International Organisation Division




                                                                       A N N E X I
                          Multilateral Department
                          Ministry of Foreign Affairs
                          Thimphu
                          Bhutan

                    10.   H.E. V. Namgyel
                          Ambassador
                          Royal Bhutanese Embassy
                          Chanakyapuri
                          New Delhi

Brunei Darussalam   11.   Ms. Hajah Pengiran Masnah Pengiran
                          Haji Damit
                          Assistant Director /Research Division
                          Narcotics Control Bureau
                          Prime Minister’s Office
                          Brunei Darussalam

                    12.   Ms. Audrey Lo Siew Yung
                          Chief Narcotics Officer II
                          Narcotics Control Bureau
                          Prime Minister’s Office
                          Brunei Darussalam



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                                                        13.       Mr. Sidek Ali
                                                                  Embassy of Brunei Darussalam
                                                                  New Delhi

     Fiji                                               14.       H.E. Mr. Savenaca Kaunisela
                                                                  High Commissioner
                                                                  High Commission of Fiji
                                                                  New Delhi

     India                                              15.       Mr. Ashok Chawla
                                                                  Finance Secretary
                                                                  Ministry of Finance
                                                                  India

                                                        16.       Ms. L. M. Vas
                                                                  Additional Secretary
                                                                  Ministry of Finance
                                                                  India

                                                        17.       Dr. Alok Sheel
                                                                  Joint Secretary
                                                                  Ministry of Finance
                                                                  India

                                                        18.       Mr. Govind Mohan
                                                                  Joint Secretary
                                                                  Ministry of Finance
                                                                  India

                                                        19.       Mr. J. S. Mukul
                                                                  Joint Secretary
                                                                  Ministry of External Affairs
                                                                  India

                                                        20.       Mr. Sudhaker Shukla
                                                                  Director
                                                                  Ministry of Finance
                                                                  India

                                                        21.       Mr. Chaitanya Prasad
                                                                  Director
                                                                  Ministry of Finance
                                                                  India


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Indonesia                  22.   Mr. Ronald Y. P. Manik
                                 Head of International Organisation for
                                 Developing Countries
                                 II Division of the Directorate of the
                                 Social Culture and International
                                 Organisation for Developing Countries
                                 Ministry of Foreign Affairs
                                 Republic of Indonesia

                           23.   Mrs. Rika Kiswardani,
                                 Acting of Head of Bureau for
                                 Technical Cooperation, State
                                 Secretariat of the Republic of Indonesia

                           24.   Mr. Mukhammad Fahrurozi
                                 Head of Technical Cooperation Among
                                 Developing Countries Division
                                 State Secretariat of the Republic of
                                 Indonesia




                                                                               A N N E X I
                           25.   Mrs. Nurnaik B. Karo,
                                 Head of Co-operation Division
                                 National Narcotic Board (BNN)
                                 Indonesia

                           26.   Mr. Rudy Kurniady
                                 First Secretary for Economic Affairs
                                 Embassy of Indonesia
                                 Colombo
                                 Sri Lanka

Islamic Republic of Iran   27.   Mr. Ahmad Jamali
                                 Director-General for Loans,
                                 International Organisations and
                                 Institutions
                                 Ministry of Economic Affairs and
                                 Finance Organisation for Investment
                                 Economic and Technical
                                 Assistance of Iran (OIETAI)
                                 15th Khordad Sq.,
                                 Davar Avenue, Tehran
                                 Islamic Republic of Iran




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                                                    28.       Mr. Hossein Badami
                                                              Expert
                                                              Office of Loans, International
                                                              Organisations and Institutions
                                                              Ministry of Economic Affairs and
                                                              Finance, Organisation for Investment
                                                              Economic and Technical Assistance of
                                                              Iran (OIETAI)15th Khordad Sq.,
                                                              Davar Avenue, Tehran,
                                                              Islamic Republic of Iran

                                                    29.       Mr. Seyed Molemi
                                                              Embassy of Islamic Republic of
                                                              New Delhi
                                                              India

     Japan                                          30.       H.E. Mr. Hideaki Doumichi
                                                              Ambassador of Japan
                                                              Embassy of Japan
                                                              New Delhi

                                                    31.       Mr. Keizo Takewaka
                                                              Minister
                                                              Embassy of Japan
                                                              New Delhi

                                                    32.       Mr. Yukihiro Fukuda
                                                              Counsellor
                                                              Embassy of Japan
                                                              New Delhi

                                                    33.       Mr. Daiki Seumitsu
                                                              First Secretary
                                                              Embassy of Japan
                                                              New Delhi

                                                    34.       Ms. Ayako Kosegaki
                                                              Official
                                                              International Cooperation Bureau
                                                              Ministry of Foreign Affairs
                                                              Japan




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Korea      35.   Mr. Han Gwang-Sup
                 Charge d’ Affaires
                 Embassy of Korea
                 New Delhi

           36.   Mr. Chun Sung Hwan
                 First Secretary
                 Embassy of Korea
                 New Delhi

           37.   Ms. Park Mi-Seol
                 Second Secretary
                 Embassy of Korea
                 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Lao PDR    38.   H.E. Ly Bounkham
                 Ambassador
                 Embassy of Lao PDR
                 New Delhi




                                                           A N N E X I
Malaysia   39.   Ms. Norani Ibrahim
                 Director, Corporate Services and
                 International Section
                 Economic Planning Unit
                 Prime Minister’s Department
                 Putrajaya, Malaysia

Maldives   40.   H.E. Ali Hussain Didi
                 High Commissioner
                 High Commission of the
                 Republic of Maldives
                 25, Melbourne Avenue
                 Colombo 4, Sri Lanka

Myanmar    41.   H.E. Kyi Thein
                 Ambassador
                 Embassy of Myanmar
                 New Delhi

           42.   Mr. Ba Hla Aye
                 Deputy Chief of Mission
                 Embassy of Myanmar
                 New Delhi


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                                                     43.       Mr. Ye Minn Thein
                                                               First Secretary
                                                               Embassy of Myanmar
                                                               New Delhi

     Nepal                                           44.       Mr. Yuba Raj Pandey
                                                               Secretary
                                                               National Planning Commission
                                                               Secretariat
                                                               Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal

                                                     45.       Mr. Pushpa Lal Shakya
                                                               Joint Secretary
                                                               National Planning Commission
                                                               Secretariat
                                                               Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal

                                                     46.       Mr. Kedar Bahadur Adhikari
                                                               Minister (Economics)
                                                               Embassy of Nepal
                                                               New Delhi, India

     Pakistan                                        47.       Mr. Naeem Anwar
                                                               Minister (Trade)
                                                               High Commission of Pakistan
                                                               New Delhi, India

                                                     48.       Mr. Syed Mohammad Fawad Sher
                                                               First Secretary
                                                               High Commission of Pakistan
                                                               New Delhi, India

     Papua New Guinea                                49.       H.E. Tarcisius A. Eri
                                                               High Commissioner
                                                               High Commission of PNG
                                                               New Delhi, India

     Philippines                                     50.       H.E. Zenaida Tacorda-Rabago
                                                               Ambassador
                                                               Embassy of the Republic of the
                                                               Philippines
                                                               House No.17, Road 7, Baridhara,
                                                               Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh


24       Proceedings and Conclusions of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting
            51.   Ms. Maria Jocelyn Tirol-Ignacio
                  Director
                  Office for United Nations and Other
                  International Organisations
                  Department of Foreign Affairs
                  Manila, Philippines

Singapore   52.   Mr. Gabriel Liow
                  Assistant Director
                  Technical Co-operation Directorate
                  Ministry of Foreign Affairs
                  Singapore

            53.   Ms. Mindy Low
                  Officer
                  Technical Co-operation Directorate
                  Ministry of Foreign Affairs
                  Singapore




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Sri Lanka   54.   Mr. Ariyasena Sooriyagoda
                  Director/Technical Assistance Division
                  Department of Economic Affairs
                  Ministry of Finance and Planning
                  Colombo, Sri Lanka

            55.   Ms. Yasoja Gunasekara
                  Director
                  Economic Affairs Division
                  Ministry of Foreign Affairs
                  Colombo, Sri Lanka

Thailand    56.   H.E. Mr. Thinakorn Kanasuta
                  Ambassador
                  Royal Thai Embassy
                  Colombo, Sri Lanka

            57.   H.E. Mr. Krit Krsichitti
                  Ambassador
                  Royal Thai Embassy
                  New Delhi, India




                                     The Colombo Plan      25
                                                    58.       Ms. Suchada Thaibuntha
                                                              Deputy Director-General
                                                              Thailand International Development
                                                              Cooperation Agency
                                                              Bangkok, Thailand

                                                    59.       Mr. Tirath Viputikulvart
                                                              Development Cooperation Officer
                                                              International Organisations and
                                                              Partnership Branch
                                                              Thailand International Development
                                                              Cooperation Agency
                                                              Bangkok, Thailand

                                                    60.       Ms. Pornthip Jaisan
                                                              Development Cooperation Officer
                                                              International Organisations and
                                                              Partnership Branch
                                                              Thailand International Development
                                                              Cooperation Agency
                                                              Bangkok, Thailand

                                                    61.       Mr. Parinthorn Apiyanunt
                                                              First Secretary
                                                              Royal Thai Embassy
                                                              New Delhi, India

     United States of America                       62.       Mr. Thomas Browne, Jr.
                                                              Director
                                                              Criminal Justice Programs Division
                                                              Bureau for International Narcotics &
                                                              Law Enforcement Affairs (INL/C/CJ)
                                                              1800 G Street, N.W. Suite 2107
                                                              U.S. Department of State
                                                              Washington, D.C. 20223, U.S.A.

                                                    63.       Mr. Kenneth A. Kero-Mentz
                                                              Commercial Attache’ and Economic
                                                              Officer
                                                              Embassy of the United States of
                                                              America
                                                              210, Galle Road, Colombo 3
                                                              Sri Lanka


26      Proceedings and Conclusions of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting
Vietnam                                    64.     H.E. Mr. Vu Quang Diem
                                                   Ambassador
                                                   Embassy of Vietnam
                                                   New Delhi

                                           65.     Mr. Phung Trong Tuan
                                                   Counsellor
                                                   Embassy of Vietnam
                                                   New Delhi

The Colombo Plan Council

66. H.E. Ms. Patricia A. Butenis
    President
    Colombo Plan Council
    Ambassador of the USA to Sri Lanka & Maldives

The Colombo Plan Secretariat




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67. Dato’ Patricia Yoon-Moi Chia
    Secretary-General

68. Mr. Nguyen Cuu Duc
    Director
    Drug Advisory Programme

69. Mr. Ibrahim bin Abdullah
    Director
    Programme for Private Sector Development

70. Mr. Tay Bian How
    Consultant
    Drug Advisory Programme

71. Ms. Chamari Priyangika Welivita
    Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General




                                                                    The Colombo Plan   27
     Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education

     72. Prof. Shyamal Majumdar
         Director-General
         Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education
         Manila, Philippines

     73. Ms. Kenneth Barientos
         Executive Secretary
         Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education
         Manila, Philippines

     Observers

     Cambodia                                        74.       H.E. Mr. Yous Makana
                                                               Ambassador
                                                               Royal Embassy of Cambodia
                                                               New Delhi, India

     European Union                                  75.       Ms. Anne Narchal
                                                               Counsellor
                                                               Embassy of the European Union
                                                               Golf Links
                                                               New Delhi, India

     France                                          76.       Mr. Jean Leviol
                                                               Minister Counsellor (Economic and
                                                               Financial)
                                                               Embassy of France
                                                               New Delhi, India

                                                     77.       Mr. Felix Amisi Mwenetomrwe
                                                               Deputy Financial Attache
                                                               Embassy of France
                                                               New Delhi, India

     Germany                                         78.       Mr. Bernd Dunnzlaff
                                                               Head
                                                               Economic Cooperation & Development
                                                               Embassy of the Federal Republic of
                                                               Germany
                                                               New Delhi, India




28       Proceedings and Conclusions of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting
               79.   Mr. Christian Matthias Schlaga
                     Minister
                     Embassy of the Federal Republic of
                     Germany
                     New Delhi, India

Italy          80.   H.E. Roberto Toscano
                     Ambassador
                     Embassy of Italy
                     New Delhi, India

               81.   Mr. Ugo Astuto
                     Deputy Chief of Mission
                     Embassy of Italy
                     New Delhi, India

               82.   Ms. Marica Cicconi
                     First Secretary
                     Embassy of Italy




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                     New Delhi, India

Kuwait         83.   H.E. Sami Mohamed Al-Sulaiman
                     Ambassador
                     Embassy of Kuwait
                     New Delhi, India

               84.   Mr. Khalid Al-Yassin
                     Second Secretary
                     Embassy of Kuwait
                     New Delhi, India

Russia         85.   H.E. Kvgeny A.Korshunov
                     Deputy Trade Commissioner
                     Embassy of Russia
                     New Delhi, India

Saudi Arabia   86.   H.E. Faisal Hassan Trad
                     Ambassador
                     Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
                     New Delhi, India




                                       The Colombo Plan   29
                                                    87.       Mr. Bader A.A. Al-Qarn
                                                              Administrative Officer
                                                              Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
                                                              New Delhi, India

                                                    88.       Mr. Jaji Al-Amro
                                                              Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
                                                              New Delhi, India

     Economic Cooperation                           89.       H.E. Mr. Mohammed Yahya Maroofi
     Organisation                                             Secretary-General
                                                              Economic Cooperation Organisation
                                                              Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

     Islamic Development Bank                       90.       Mr. Kunrat Wirasubrata
                                                              Country Manager
                                                              East and Central Africa Division
                                                              Islamic Development Bank
                                                              Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

     United Nations Office on Drugs                 91.       Ms. Cristina Albertin
     and Crimes                                               UNODC
                                                              New Delhi, India

                                                    92.       Ms. Neile Bansal
                                                              Project Associate
                                                              UNODC
                                                              New Delhi




30      Proceedings and Conclusions of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting
Inaugural address of the Honourable Finance Minister, Mr. Pranab
Mukherjee on the occasion of the 42nd Consultative Committee
Meeting of the Colombo Plan


Ambassador of the United States to Sri            in India’s developmental strategy of inclusive
Lanka and Maldives, Ms. Patricia A. Butenis,      growth that India has pursued ever since it
Secretary-General of Colombo Plan Secretariat,    attained independence.
Dato’ Patricia Yoon-Moi Chia, Finance Secretary
Mr. Ashok Chawla, and other distinguished              As a founder member, India has always
delegates and guests:                             taken a lead in promoting the cause of collective
                                                  self-reliance among Colombo Plan member
     On behalf of the Government and people       countries. Spelling out the strategic vision of
of India it is my proud privilege to inaugurate   the Colombo Plan initiative, the then Prime
the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting           Minister of India, Smt. Indira Gandhi in her
of the Colombo Plan. At the outset, I would       inaugural address to the 22nd CCM in 1972
like to welcome all the illustrious dignitaries   stated, and I [quote] ‘The Colombo Plan
representing member countries, observer           represents a joint attempt of countries with
countries and International Organisations to      differing systems to help one another in the
India to commemorate the momentous occasion       fight against economic backwardness. That is




                                                                                                      A N N E X II
of the Diamond Jubilee year of the Colombo        why we have valued our membership of the
Plan that coincides with the 42nd Consultative    Colombo Plan and have actively participated in
Committee Meeting.                                its work. We have benefited. But it is gratifying
                                                  that we have also been able to contribute
     As a founder member, India has always        significantly to the programmes of the Plan and
been a strong supporter of the Colombo            to share our experience and skills with other
Plan initiative and an active participant.        countries of the region’. [unquote] Keeping
It is pertinent to mention that the second        in mind this underlying spirit of the Colombo
ministerial meeting of the plan was organised     Plan, India has up-scaled its commitment under
by India in 1953. Opening the ministerial, then   the ‘Technical Cooperation Scheme’ even in
Prime Minister of India Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru      the face of economic problems, such as recent
endorsed the need for an imaginative approach     global financial crisis, We have been actively
towards addressing the problems of the under-     engaged with the initiative from the beginning,
developed countries of South and South-East       and our endeavour would be to continue in the
Asia. He suggested that while effective steps     role of an effective partner of the Colombo Plan.
should be taken for economic development
and for promoting social justice in the region,       The Consultative Committee Meeting is
both donor and recipient countries should         being hosted in India again after a gap of 38
adopt a flexible approach, and I [quote] ‘we      years. India last hosted the 22nd CCM way
are approaching this problem practically and      back in 1972. Since then India’s economic
not dogmatically always taking into account       and social environment has undergone a
that we have to go ahead and we have to render    major transformation that has brought about
social justice’. [unquote] Social justice as a    a major change in our attitudes to growth and
guiding philosophy has been deeply embedded       development. From a growth rate of around 3%


                                                                           The Colombo Plan     31
in the first three decades after Independence,         social, in an environmentally sustainable manner.
India’s growth rate accelerated to 5% in the 80s       This, in turn, requires continuous flow of capital
and 6% in the 90s, and attained a trend rate of        and institution building. Side by side, to realise
nearly 9% in the 5 year period preceding the           the objectives of inclusive growth, we have to
global financial crisis.                               continuously work towards strengthening the
                                                       social welfare net and upgrading the skills of
     With growing success comes rising                 our workforce.
expectation, responsibilities and new risks.
The growing integration of the Indian economy               Rising domestic savings and investments
with the rest of the world has created new             and a nationwide emphasis on skill up gradation
opportunities. It has however also brought new         and skill development gives us the confidence
challenges and made the task of sustaining high        that we can push growth rates even higher so
growth more challenging. The recent global             as to fully leverage our demographic dividend.
financial crisis is a good case in point. Along        We are, however, also aware that adequate and
with all other economies, India too was forced         quality infrastructure has a critical role to play
to downgrade its growth projections. Despite           in sustaining high growth rates. It is estimated
the stresses, India has been able to withstand         that investment required in the infrastructure
the recessionary trend better than most other          sector would be of the order of US dollar 514
economies and is a front runner in leading the         billion during the 5 year period between 2007-
global recovery process. The Economic Survey           12. It is very clear that such huge funds cannot
2008-09 had indicated that the upper bound of          be mobilized without effective public private
growth in real GDP for the year 2009-10 could          partnerships. In addition to freeing Government
be around 7.75 per cent. With the latest GDP           resources to expand investment in core areas
data on 2009-10 indicating 7.9 per cent growth         where returns are low but are nevertheless
in the second quarter, the growth outlook for          necessary from the viewpoint of public policy,
the next two quarters and for the whole year           PPPs are expected to bring in private sector
is expected to be in the upper bound range             capital, expertise and efficiency in operation
of most predictions for the Indian economy.            and maintenance of the infrastructure, thereby
The Advance Estimates released by CSO on               also improving both the quantity and quality of
8/02/2010, for 2009-10, have placed growth             public service delivery. I am glad that Public
in real GDP at 7.2 percent as compared to 6.7          Private Partnerships has been chosen as the
percent in 2008-09.                                    theme of the 42nd CCM.

     The performance of the Indian economy in               For the public private partnership initiative
the current global economic scenario indicates         to succeed, it is a necessary to remove prevailing
its basic resilience based on a virtuous cycle         constraints in the form of policy and regulatory
of rising domestic demand and growth. It also          gaps, inadequate availability of long term
vindicates the timely policy measures taken by         finance, management capacity and inadequate
the Government to mitigate the adverse impact          shelf of bankable infrastructure projects.
of the financial crisis on India and the positive      We are making our best efforts to create an
response of all stakeholders and partners in           environment congenial for fostering public
development. We need to keep this momentum             private partnerships and though much more
going by infusing and sustaining large                 needs to be done our endeavours are beginning
investments in infrastructure, both physical and       to bear fruit. There are currently about 450 PPP


32     Proceedings and Conclusions of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting
projects being implemented in various parts of        to keep the Colombo Plan vibrant and relevant
the country with an estimated project cost of US      so that it continues to contribute meaningfully
dollar 47.7 billion. India is prepared to share its   to the future development of the region as well.
experience and best practices with, and learn
from the experiences of, our other Colombo                 India views the Colombo Plan as one of
Plan partners.                                        the oldest effective regional inter-governmental
                                                      organisations for cooperative economic and
      I am pleased to announce that followed          social development in the Asia and the Pacific.
by the inaugural address I would be releasing         The year 2010 heralds the beginning of the
a compilation prepared by the Colombo Plan            Diamond Jubilee year of an idea which has
Secretariat titled, “A Legacy of Excellence: The      grown from strength to strength over a period of
Story of the Colombo Plan”. I have glanced            time and developed into a major South – South
at the contents of this excellent document            cooperation initiative. As a founder member
and compliment the Secretary General of the           of the Colombo Plan initiative, India stands
Colombo Plan Dato’ Patricia and her team for          committed to offering its continued support for
their unstinted effort in giving shape to this        the initiative. We look forward to constructively
important document that I am sure would be            working towards making this prestigious and
regarded as a key reference document on the           vital organisation vibrant, self reliant and
Colombo Plan initiative and various activities        effective in addressing the economic and social
associated with it. While the document traces         challenges faced by the region.




                                                                                                          A N N E X II
the history of the role of the Colombo Plan in the
socioeconomic development of the region over               I once again extend a very warm welcome
its six decades of existence, I am sure with every    to each one of you and wish the deliberations to
passing year this valuable document would need        follow a great success.
updating as it would be our collective endeavour      Thank you!.




                                                                               The Colombo Plan     33
Welcome address of Dr. Alok Sheel, Joint Secretary, Ministry of
Finance, Government of India as Secretary General of the 42nd
Consultative Committee Meeting of the Colombo Plan


Honourable Dignitaries,                                Finance Ministers’ meetings way back in 1975
                                                       and 1976. It is also befitting to mention here that
    At the outset I wish to place on record my         it was on account of his wholehearted support
deep appreciation and gratitude to all Heads of        that we have been able to substantially enhance
delegation of Member Countries for electing me         Colombo Plan activities sponsored by India in
as Secretary General of the 42nd Consultative          the recent past, including, inter alia, a special
Committee Meeting of the Colombo Plan in the           grant to the Colombo Plan Staff College Manila
preconference meeting held last evening.               for activating vocational training with a view
                                                       to addressing poverty related issues. I welcome
     On behalf of the National Organisation            you Sir with earnest gratitude to the Meeting.
Committee and Government of India, it is my
proud privilege to extend a warm welcome to                 A special gratitude and warm welcome
this august gathering representing, as it does,        is due to Your Excellency Patricia A. Butenis,
Member countries, observer countries and other         Ambassador of the United States to Sri
International organisations.                           Lanka and Maldives. Your Excellency is well
                                                       acquainted with the region as she has served
     India has earlier hosted two Consultative         in various important capacities in India,
Committee Meetings, in 1953 and 1972. We are           Pakistan and Bangladesh since joining the
grateful to the previous host, Malaysia, and the       Foreign Service in 1980. We are confident that
Colombo Plan Secretariat for giving India the          as President of the Colombo Plan Council she
opportunity to host this prestigious event for         would provide the professional touch needed
the third time in the Diamond Jubilee Year of          to steer the Colombo Plan to scale new heights
the Colombo Plan that was launched in 1950.            in the near future. Thank you very much Your
The philosophy underlying this initiative was          Excellency for being in our midst.
to promote collective self reliance, strongly
advocated, inter alia, by the then Prime Minister          It gives me immense pleasure to welcome
of India, the late Jawaharlal Nehru.                   Finance Secretary, Mr. Ashok Chawla, who
                                                       has been the driving force behind the whole
     I am deeply indebted to the of Hon’ble            show, and whose words of encouragement
Finance Minister for taking time out of his hectic     continuously inspired us in taking up this
Union Budget preparation schedule o inaugurate         daunting but prestigious task of hosting the
the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting. His           42nd CCM in right earnest. I also welcome Dr.
presence here is indicative of his long standing       Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic Adviser, and Ms
and unequivocal support for the Colombo                Loreta Vas, Additional Secretary, Department of
Plan. His association with the Colombo Plan            Economic Affairs, to this meeting.
initiative is very old indeed. I wonder how
many present here are in a position to recall              I also wish to take this opportunity to
that he led Indian delegations to Colombo Plan         extend special thanks and a hearty welcome


34     Proceedings and Conclusions of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting
to Dato’ Patricia Yoon Moi Chia, Secretary-         this event. I specifically wish to make special
General of the Colombo Plan, with whom my           mention of the unqualified support received
team and I interacted very closely, on almost       from the Ministry of External Affairs without
daily basis, during last couple of months to        which it would have been difficult to put this
chalk out organisational details of this meeting.   show together with the desired international
Under her stewardship the Colombo Plan has          ambience.
achieved enhanced visibility and vitality.
                                                         I would also like to take this opportunity to
     We have always enjoyed a very close            welcome the media fraternity and to thank them
relationship with the Colombo Plan Staff            for turning up in large numbers to cover this
College, Manila, and have effectively               extremely important event.
collaborated in all its endeavours. The dynamic
leadership provided by Dr. Shyamal Majumdar              Finally, I would like to draw the attention
has provided innovative solutions in programme      of this august gathering to the theme that we
design and management of resources. It is my        have very carefully chosen for this meeting:
pleasure to welcome Dr. Majumdar to this            Public Private Partnerships. We would have the
meeting.                                            opportunity to discuss the theme in depth later
                                                    in the day.
     A number of Institutes of Excellence that
have been partnering the Colombo Plan in India           We welcome all delegation members and




                                                                                                         A N N E X III
by organizing quality training programmes are       request them to take this opportunity to give us
also attending this meeting, I extend to them a     their valuable advice with a view to drawing
hearty welcome.                                     up an action plan, more intense in terms
                                                    of commitments, more specific in terms of
    I also welcome my colleagues at various         identified training areas and associated modules
levels from Ministry of Finance and other           and more realistic in terms of implementation
Ministries of Government of India for their         within the contours of the broad mandate of the
valuable presence and support in organising         Colombo Plan.




                                                                             The Colombo Plan      35
Vote of Thanks by Dato’ Patricia Yoon-Moi Chia, Secretary-
General, the Colombo Plan Secretariat

Honourable Mr. Pranab Mukharjee, Finance               “rebirth” was not forced upon member countries
Minister of India, Mr. Chairman, Excellencies,         neither was it an act of random occurrence. It
Ladies and Gentlemen,                                  happened with the full agreement and support of
                                                       all member countries which recognised that the
     I feel greatly privileged to represent            Colombo Plan could and should do more.
the Colombo Plan Secretariat at this 42nd
Consultative Committee Meeting and to give                  The increasing participation in what
a vote of thanks which I am sure is shared by          programmes the Colombo Plan have
all, to the Honourable Finance Minister, Mr.           implemented during the past 15 years since it
Pranab Mukherjee, the Chief Guest, for his             restructured bears testimony to the continuing
brilliant Opening remarks and launching of our         relevance of the Colombo Plan. Last year, the
Colombo Plan Book, “ A Legacy of excellence:           Colombo Plan trained 1,736 individuals from
The Story of the Colombo Plan”.                        both public, parastatal, private sectors and civil
                                                       society. While all developing member countries
    I am delighted to be here and hope that this       benefited from these Colombo Plan training
meeting will further strengthen the bilateral and      activities, the highest number of beneficiaries
multilateral relations among our Colombo Plan          came from the Philippines, Afghanistan,
member countries, bringing together a cohesive         Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia.
regional network that has existed for the past 6
decades.                                                    The South-south Cooperation approach of
                                                       the Colombo Plan has also garnered support
     The Honourable Finance Minister has               from emerging donor member countries. The
highlighted the fine achievements of India             Colombo Plan has a unique feature that there
since it last hosted the 22nd Colombo Plan             is no longer a traditional separation between
Consultative Committee Meeting in 1972.                donors and recipients in the Colombo Plan since
That India has progressed and transformed              all member countries voluntarily contribute to
into a manor economic powerhouse that it               the programming according to their capacities.
is today is a tribute to its leadership and far-       We see emerging countries providing voluntary
sighted development strategies. The Colombo            contributions through both lump-sum payments
Plan is happy that it had assisted in this huge        and also through in-kind contributions in local
advancement through its infrastructure,                currency as well as resource persons for the
education and industrial projects which were           hosting of technical cooperation activities with
implemented in those early years.                      the Colombo Plan.

     The fine contributions of the Colombo                 Quite obviously the financial turmoil
Plan in the development of the Asia-Pacific            the nations of the Asia-Pacific region face
has long been recognised. It could be said that        today is one of their greatest challenges and
the Colombo Plan was given a reincarnation             consequently, financial resources are particularly
in 1995, when it came back from the verge of           scarce for multinational international technical
extinction, with a revitalised new structure. This     cooperation. The Colombo Plan is no different


36     Proceedings and Conclusions of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting
from others international organisations in facing    organisations which is transcends several
this funding constraint. However, while having       subregion in scope, from the East to SEA,
money is important, it is even more important to     SAARC, West Asia and the Pacific countries.
have good ideas. Only when there are creative        Amongst its members are some of the most
ideas, will there be an opportunity to find the      dynamic member countries in the world.
financial backing.                                   Member countries can choose either to make
                                                     use of the potential of the Colombo Plan or let it
     Therefore, with this in mind, the Colombo       go to waste.
Plan has sought the advice of a group of
Eminent Persons who put their heads together to           In many countries of the South, we are
come up with the Report and Recommendations          talking of Smart Partnerships. For want of a
of the Advisory Committee. I hope that this          better term, the Colombo Plan would like to
august assembly of our member countries will         promote this term. Smart Partnership simply
allow the Colombo Plan to explore these new          means a partnership which benefits both or all
ideas and move towards a strategic future. It has    partners as the case may be. Obviously, some
always been true that in life the only constant      partnerships do not benefit partners fairly. The
is change. In the years ahead, I believe that the    partnership between developing and developed
Colombo Plan will always need to change to           member countries do not result in a fair
continuously make itself an organisation that is     distribution of benefits. But it is not a zero sum
needed to perform a relevant role in the Asia-       game. This is where regional cooperation and




                                                                                                          A N N E X IV
Pacific region. I suspect that such changes will     goodwill, better relations and regional stability
need to be faster and more furious than ever         are values which are difficult to monetize
before.                                              to justify member countries’ assistance and
                                                     support to other member countries. Smart
      While developed countries have poured          partnership is smart also because it helps hasten
billions of dollars of aid and loans into certain    the development of the poorer partner, which
developing countries in a single-minded attempt      in turn contributes towards the continued well-
to help these countries, this has not worked out.    being of the other partner. This is what the
It is necessary to put a human face to this aid.     Colombo Plan aims to do more of in the future.
That is what the Colombo Plan is focusing on –       Smart partnerships for the 21st century.
the capacity-building of those individuals at the
forefront of their own development. With the              May I convey the appreciation of the
training provided, they can take ownership of        Colombo Plan Secretariat to Honourable
their countries’ development. So the Colombo         Minister and your officials in the Ministry
Plan which started as an “experiment in              of Finance for the excellent organisation of
development cooperation” is as relevant today        this meeting and for the warm and gracious
as it was 60 years ago.                              hospitality and kindness of the Government of
                                                     India.
    The Colombo Plan exists for a number of
unique reasons. It is one of the few international   Thank you, Mr. Secretary-General.




                                                                              The Colombo Plan      37
Acceptance Speech of the Finance Secretary, H.E. Shri Ashok
Chawla on his election as Chairperson of the 42nd Consultative
Committee Meeting of the Colombo Plan

Ladies and Gentlemen,                                  Plan so that highly qualified and trained human
                                                       resources are available to administer and manage
    It is my privilege to accept the honour of         economic activities in member countries.
presiding over the 42nd Consultative Committee
Meeting of the Colombo Plan. India shares                   Over time, the relative support provided by
warm and cordial relations with all the countries      developed countries has dwindled in terms of
assembled here.                                        both programmes offered and commitment of
                                                       funds. The Colombo Plan is now increasingly
     Let me at the outset extend my                    emerging as a key South-South Cooperation
congratulations to the Colombo Plan President,         initiative and exploiting in-house capabilities
H.E. Patricia A. Butenis, for her effective            in fostering and sustaining capacity building
leadership of the Colombo Plan at a critical stage     in developing countries. Therefore, it is the
when the organisation is looking to purposefully       responsibility of all Member countries to
reorient its activities. I am confident that,          continuously work towards identifying the best
through her dedicated efforts, the Colombo             practices available among themselves and to put
Plan would grow from strength to strength and          in place effective mechanisms for disseminating
continue to work towards realising its cherished       this amongst stakeholders.
goal of collective development, appropriately
captured in its motto “Planning Prosperity                  This is an opportune time to underscore
Together”.                                             India’s commitment to becoming an international
                                                       education and training hub. India offers low cost
     The Colombo Plan has witnessed a major            and high quality solutions for human resource
shift in its mandate over time. The founding           development. A recent survey carried out by
fathers of the initiative had envisaged that           the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in six
the Plan would deal with issues related to the         large cities reported that at the time of the survey
systemic and orderly economic development of           over 41,200 international students were enrolled
the member countries by way of aid flow from           with various Institutes located in these cities.
six identified industrialised partner countries        The all India figure is expected to be higher still.
namely, Australia, Britain, Canada, Japan, New         We were able to attain this largely due to the
Zealand and the USA. The assistance was to             efforts put in by participating educational and
be negotiated bilaterally on a government-to-          training institutes in providing training modules
government basis, in accordance with the agreed        of excellence in a cost effective manner. I am
policy framework. However, over the years the          happy to note that some of these institutes are
inter-se priority among the agreed objectives has      present here with us today.
changed considerably. The primary objective of
the Colombo Plan now is to enhance the skill                 India actively participates in all activities
level among technical personnel, managers              of the Colombo Plan. In the current fiscal year,
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strengthening the vocational training needs          exercise and our collective effort should evolve
aimed at addressing poverty related issues in        a system that ensures equity and quality as key
the Asia-Pacific region. We have increased           deliverable.
the number of Colombo Plan lecturers to be
deputed to various institutes located in Bhutan           Most countries in the region are struggling
from 13 to 30. We have fully adopted 60 training     to deal with challenges related to widespread
slots to be placed under four training modules       poverty, universalisation of education and
designed to address the problems related to          development of technical manpower so as
small and medium enterprises and Information         to reap the advantage of the demographic
Technology. One such course has recently             dividend. To effectively address these issues,
concluded and currently two other courses are        we have together evolved a collaborative
in progress. We intend to further increase the       approach through the illustrious institution of
number of slots and training modules in the          the Colombo Plan and its sister organisation,
financial year 2010-11.                              the Colombo Plan Staff College, Manila. We
                                                     should continue to support these with utmost
     At present there is perhaps some lack of        sincerity and shared sense of purpose. There
synergy in the programmes being offered by           are also a number of emerging challenges
individual participating countries. I am also        whose effective redressal calls for the
given to understand that the feedback mechanism      collective wisdom and concrete action from
for making the training programme more               member countries. For instance, in the wake of




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effective is not being accorded due importance.      financial volatility, effective Macro-prudential
There is an urgent need to carry out appraisal       management has become an essential pre-
on the effectiveness of ongoing Colombo Plan         requisite. In this context, Indian best practices
training programmes. In order to convert the         may be of relevance to countries in the
training modules offered into a serious skill        region. The International financial crisis has
up-gradation exercise, it is imperative to tailor    conclusively demonstrated the need for a
them to suit the requirements of participating       sensitive tackling of the financial market and
individual countries. Apart from the modules         its regulatory framework, and to anchor these
themselves, it is also imperative that the           firmly to the needs of the real economy. We offer
institutes of excellence offering such modules       to work with the Colombo Plan Secretariat , the
are carefully selected. Thus focus should be on      financial regulators and institutes in designing
the qualitative aspect of the training instead of    suitable modules with a view to capacity
simply counting and enhancing the numbers.           building in specific areas related to financial
                                                     market management and regulation.
     Keeping in view the multiplier effect
associated with ‘Training of Trainers                     India is proud to be associated with the
Programmes’, the countries participating in          ‘Plan’ as a founder member and as an active
the Colombo Plan also need to evolve training        development partner. We look forward to
modules focussed on meeting the training             continuing our cooperation with the Colombo
requirement of trainers so that they, in turn, can   Plan in the years to come. I once again thank the
meet the growing training needs of individual        illustrious dignitaries present for reposing their
countries as resource persons in subsequent          faith in me by electing me chairperson of the
rounds. It must be recognised that technical         42nd CCM. I look forward to the deliberations
training and skill up gradation is an ongoing        and a successful outcome of the meeting.


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               Response from Ambassador Patricia A. Butenis, the Colombo
               Plan Council President, to the Chairman, H.E. Ashok Chawla’s
               Acceptance Speech


                    Your Excellency, Distinguished Delegates,         Plan as an “expertise transfer” organisation.
               Ladies and Gentlemen. It gives me great
               pleasure to be part of the 42nd Colombo Plan                The Colombo Plan is now at a crossroads,
               Consultative Committee Meeting, which is               and we need the spirit of understanding
               graciously hosted by the Government of India           and cooperation to continue here in New
               for the third time in the long history of the          Delhi and beyond. Donor country financial
               Colombo Plan.                                          contributions are decreasing, and the breadth
                                                                      and range of recipient country needs are
                    Mr. Chairman, I would like to offer my            increasing and changing. We are fortunate that
               sincere appreciation for your words of welcome         a group of Eminent Persons came together last
               and for your acceptance of the challenging task        October to develop ideas for a way forward.
               to be the Chair of the CCM. Since taking over          Their recommendations merit our careful
               as President of the Colombo Plan Council in            consideration. It is now up to us to reach
               November, 2009, I have been impressed with             consensus on the direction we want to take.
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               the range of issues the Colombo Plan tackles           The Colombo Plan must continue to play a
               and the high degree of interest its members            creative and positive role as a catalyst in this
               display at each of our Council meetings. With          development paradigm, where inter-regional
               all the diverging interests and abundant needs         and intra-regional ties and friendships will
               in the region, achieving consensus is not always       continue to be the bedrock of cooperation.
               easy, but it is always necessary. I’m glad we’ve       We must–and will–continue to work together,
               got the right person for the job here in New           through the Colombo Plan, to help build a
               Delhi this week.                                       strong and prosperous region.

                     I am also pleased to note the value and               Mr. Chairman, thank you for your leadership.
               results of the Colombo Plan. Since its inception,      Your thought-provoking introduction of the
               the Colombo Plan has helped change the face            tasks at hand gives us a clear direction for our
               of Asia and enhanced the prospects of a better         discussion. And as those discussions are time-
               life for citizens across the region. The Colombo       limited, I’m happy to set an example of brevity
               Plan started as a development cooperation              by concluding my comments. I wish all in
               experiment, and this ongoing “give and take”           attendance a very successful CCM.
               attitude characterises the Colombo Plan’s work
               today. Indeed, one can characterise the Colombo        Thank you.




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                                                                        Director-General
                                     Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education
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                  Presented by
            Mr. Govind Mohan
                Joint Secretary
Department of Economic Affairs
           Ministry of Finance
                          India

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The ECO Secretary-General’s Statement


    Honourable Chairman, Her Excellency,               socioeconomic development in the region.
the Secretary General of the Colombo Plan,             Towards this end, we are enhancing regional
Distinguished delegates and Colleagues,                cooperation in different areas. Trade,
                                                       Investment, Transport & Communications,
     It is a great privilege for me to participate     Energy, Agriculture, Industry, Human Resources
in the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting             Development, Drugs control, Environment and
(CCM) of the Colombo Plan being held in                Tourism constitute our priorities.
this timeless city of New Delhi. I express my
profound gratitude to the organisers especially        Excellencies,
to the Government of India for inviting me to
this august assembly. I would also like to express          Growth in intra-regional trade is essential
my heartfelt facilitations to the membership           for achieving socioeconomic development
and the Secretariat of the Colombo Plan on             in this region. ECO region has tremendous
the completion of 60 years on their successful         prospects for enhanced intra-regional trade
regional cooperation. The sixty years of its           as well as increased share in global trade. The
history are marked by landmark achievements in         broad contours of the ECO’s strategy to enhance
diverse fields. During this time, the organisation     intra and inter-regional trade and investment
has achieved commendable progress and has              include the following:
established itself as a successful regional
platform with a capacity to advance common             •    Removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers
interests, and devise collective approach to                in the region, thus providing regulatory
attain common goals and objectives.                         and enabling environment for trade.

Excellencies,                                          •    Provide and develop a favourable
                                                            regulatory investment framework for
    This meeting is a welcome opportunity                   optimum utilisation of economic resources.
to share with you the perspective of the
Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) on             •    Providing assistance and support
the socioeconomic development in the region                 to the Member States in their
and to outline some proposals to enhance our                accession   process   to   WTO
cooperation with the Colombo Plan under
the MoU which was signed between the two               •    Increasing the interaction of private sector.
organisations in May 2003.
                                                       •    ECO Trade Agreement(ECOTA) stands
    ECO is a regional organisation of ten                   out as a major landmark achievement
countries with a population of 400 million                  towards expanding trade and investment
people spread over an area of 8 million                     cooperation in the region. ECOTA targets
square kilometres. The over arching goal of                 serious tariff reductions to facilitate trade.
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    ECO Free Trade Area by 2015. In the            transport networks, harmonisation of transport
    field of investment, ECO has finalised a       regulations and facilitation of transit operations
    Framework Agreement on Promotion and           to lower transport costs, help reduce transit times
    Protection of Investment (APPI). With the      and help increase and diversify trade, both at
    implementation of APPI, the Foreign Direct     regional and international levels. Infrastructure
    Investment inflow into the region which        development has to be a high priority in
    stood at US$ 35.8 billion during 2008 is       our region. The ECO’s basic document to
    likely to increase considerably. ECO has       enhance transport cooperation is the Transit
    chalked out plans to increase its focus on     Transport Framework Agreement (TTFA). It
    investment related activities. Similarly to    is a comprehensive intra-regional, regulatory
    increase the involvement of the private        framework. A number of projects are underway
    sector in ECO’s initiatives, platforms         to lay down an extensive network of rail and road
    like ECO Chamber of Commerce and               network to provide efficient means of transport
    Industry (ECO-CCI), Women entrepreneur         corridors besides improving upgrading existing
    Council (WEC), Forum of ECO Trade              facilities/infrastructure. Our efforts have yielded
    Promotion Organisations (TPOs) have            positive and encouraging results. Last Year, we
    been established.                              successfully launched a demonstration container
                                                   train from Islamabad to Istanbul. The container
     With an objective to make better financial    train would soon be launched on return route
services available for trade and development       with better facilities. Efforts are underway to




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projects in the ECO region, we have established    connect the ECO container train from Istanbul
ECO Trade and Development Bank, which is           in Turkey to Almaty in Kazakhstan to Urumchi
headquartered in Turkey. The Bank is offering      in China. The Urumchi-Istanbul Train would
financing opportunities and related services       be launched together with Bandar Abbas to
especially for the Small and Medium Enterprise     Almaty training which connects China and the
(SME) sector to facilitate growth of regional      Central Asian counties to International markets.
trade.                                             I can also refer to the ECO Truck Caravans
                                                   from Pakistan and Turkey to Central Asia to be
Excellencies,                                      launched in 2010 under the TTFA. A number of
                                                   other projects are in the pipeline to interconnect
     Efficient Transport linkages are vital for    different parts of the region and also to establish
socioeconomic development. Establishment           linkages with outside the region.
of efficient transport infrastructure serves
as an anchor for regional integration. In          Excellencies,
contributes to expansion of trade; to making
it more competitive. The geostrategy location          Agriculture has a significant share in GDP
of the ECO region with its borders with India,     of ECO countries and it employs nearly 40
China, Russian, Europe and the Middle-East;        percent of the economically active population.
its proximity to the Persian Gulf region, gives    We have a broad ECO Regional Programme
it an added significance especially as a natural   for Food Security (RPFS) prepared with
transport corridor between different regions.      the technical assistance of FAO. Under this
                                                   programme, we have advanced cooperation
   ECO is rigorously pursuing a range of           especially in enhancing seed supply in the
measures for closer integration of national        region and some projects are also in processing


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like wheat productivity improvement, rangeland         Excellencies,
management, gene bank also.
                                                             ECO is unfortunately the most drug affected
     In view of the important role of Industrial       region of the world. This challenge cannot be
Sector in Socioeconomic development and its            addressed effectively by any individual country.
hare in national GDP’s of the ECO Member               Therefore, we are working at the regional level
States, the organisation considers it as one           to effectively combat this canker. ECO is in
of the important areas of cooperation in the           process of implementing a joint project to the
ECO region. We are giving special attention            tune of 9.5 million Euro in collaboration with
to Entrepreneurship and Development of                 the European Commission (EC) to eradicate
Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME),                illicit trafficking of drugs and address associated
privatisation and private sector Development,          issues in the ECO region.
Industrial Property Rights, Technology Transfer
and Management, Standardisation, New                   Excellencies,
Technologies and Nanotechnology Network etc.
                                                            In our endeavours in different areas, we have
Excellencies,                                          built partnerships with UN and its Specialised
                                                       Agencies, international/regional organisations,
     Energy is among three main priority areas         financial institutions and Non-ECO States. In
of economic cooperation within the framework           collaboration with our partners like UNIDO,
of ECO activities. Efforts are underway to             FAO, UNCTAD, UNESCAP, UNECE, UNEP
pursue energy cooperation in ECO region,               and IDB etc. We have been implementing joint
develop and promote ways and means to expand           projects in different areas like Trade, Transport,
sustainable development and efficient use of           Agriculture, Industry, Energy, Environment,
indigenous energy resources for fuel and power         and Drug Control and prevention etc. Over the
generation and the priority fields of common           period of time, the successful implementation of
interest are: transportation and trade of oil, gas,    these projects has enriched our own experience
electrify and other forms of energy within and         and has made significant contribution to regional
across ECO region, environmental impacts of            integration.
energy exploration and use, human resource
development , research and development, energy         Excellencies,
policy and planning, institutional development
and effective coordination and cooperation. The             We in the ECO high value our relationship
ten countries that together from the ECO have          with the Colombo Plan. We can benefit from
significant energy endowments and some fast            each other’s experience and best practices
growing demand centres. Cooperation on energy          especially in the areas of cooperation identified
trade both within the ECO region and with its          in the MoU. The recent visit of H.E. Ms.
neighbours could lead to high value economic           Patricia Yoon-Moi Chia, the Secretary General,
gains and provide impetus to further regional          to the ECO Secretariat has revitalised the
integration. In addition, region owing to its          relationship and has added momentum to the
geographically location has a huge potential of        pace of ongoing cooperation. We have identified
renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar          some joint activities in the filed of Drug control/
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Medium Enterprises, etc. The focal persons in        •   IN the areas of Human Resource
the two Secretariats are working out the details         Development      (HRD),   possibility
or these joint activities.                               of organising short and long-term
                                                         training    courses/joint workshops
     Having said this, I believe that there is a         with technical assistance from the
need to intensify engagement by taking practical         Colombo Plan could be worked out.
steps in all areas of cooperation to fully realise
the potential for cooperation. With this in mid, I   •   The two organisations can take benefit of
would like to share some of my ideas like:               each other experiences for the development
                                                         of private sector cooperation e.g small
•   Mutual exchange of web-generated links               and medium size enterprises, chambers
    between CP and ECO to facilitate free                of commerce and industry (CCI), trade
    exchange of relevant data, information,              promotion organisations (TPO’s) and
    documentation      and       initiatives.            women entrepreneurs.

•   Conducting joint training programs on                 There exists the potential and these exists
    new methodologies and assessment                 the willingness on both sides to benefit from
    techniques for economic analyses.                each others expertise in areas of mutual interest.
                                                     With small efforts we can make significant
•   Exchange relevant experience on the              contributions towards realisation of our common




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    implementation,       coordination    and        objectives. On behalf of the ECO Secretariat,
    monitoring of projects in SME development,       I assure you of our fullest cooperation, I wish
    trade   and      investment     promotion;       Colombo Plan every success in their future
    drug abuse prevention and control.               activities. I thank you all.




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 Country Papers on Bilateral Technical Cooperation Programme
Afghanistan

Excellencies; Respected Guests; Ladies and                  For the last 8 years, Afghanistan was a
Gentlemen;                                             destroyed country, victim of extended wars,
                                                       intervention and invasion where the people’s
     First of all on behalf of Afghanistan             voices were muted with no respect of democratic
Government, please allow me to thank and               values and human rights, especially women
extend my appreciation to the Secretariat of the       didn’t have a place in human development. The
Colombo Plan for inviting us to such a great           magnitude of destruction was so great that it
and important event, and wished successes              can not measured in monetary terms.
of the session, and also to the Government of
India for extremely warm hospitality and better             Fortunately today, our country having
facilitation for the session.                          membership of UNO and agreed and accepted
                                                       with the all conventions of UNO. Afghanistan
     Afghanistan is a land locked and dried            received kind cooperation of friend countries,
climate country. So due to this point is less          international and regional financial organisations
developed, also this factor became as a point          for financial and technical in reconstruction.
of no growth and development of the economy            Economic and social development, so it
in the different sectors, this process made the        should be mentioned that economic and social
development of economic and social difficult           development rehabilitation and reconstruction
and also the expenses made high which is one           of Afghanistan needs in all sectors more
of the reason of our backwardness.                     financial and human resources expected time,
                                                       better administrative and effective disciplines.
     From the other side our country is situated
in the four populated regions such as South                 Within last eight years in spite of security
Central Asia, North and Central Asia, Medial           and economic and administrative corruption
East, and Far East. So this strategic and central      there was some progress in the different sector
location of Afghanistan became the point of            of economy such as roads, rehabilitation of
attraction of cooperation and expansion of             electric production, network, extend of electric
commerce in the region.                                transformation line from outside country, 20%
                                                       of population get advantage of communication
     As above mentioned, Afghanistan has a             service, beginning of utilizing mines,
connected bridge in the region so in the future        improvement of trade and investment in private
it can utilize in the economic and commerce            sector amendment of monetary and financial
development. The prolong three decades of war          system, social, health, education, justice
caused the whole, or some part of the economic,        and judicial government system, freedom of
social, cultural, infrastructure, increased            information and expressed gender equality and
poverty and made out capital from the country          human rights.
and as a result it became one of the backward
and poorest country in the world. So the system             As a result of above mentioned point in
needs to get rehabilitated again, still the activity   the level of life of people changes seen. So the
of sector is required.                                 whole of this progress and success is as a result


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of technical and financial cooperation of friends     •   More       than 1,667 health centres
countries, and international organisation due to          and more than 106       hospital are
that the people and government of Afghanistan             available, 85% of people are under
in future will try its best to get good result from       health care. There are reduction in
international cooperations.                               child fertility and also the women.

                                                      •   More than 5,000 km roads are asphalted
     As a result of past performances in future
                                                          and constructed, the circle road, within
we will not face difficulty and challenges and
                                                          a year in future will be constructed,
in future hoped to get good results. In Bonn              the ring road play its role as a bridge
conference transitional state established so in           between central Asia South Asia and the
this based a democratic state by different Afghan         western, this has the key role to improve
representative and International Community                the regional economic cooperation.
and UNO came in to existence .
                                                      •   In International conferences which
    Within eight years of democratic                      were held in, Tokyo, Berlin, London,
constitution, presidential elections for the              Roam and Paris, totally US$ 62 billion
Members of Parliament and separation of                   assistance on technical and economic
the three powers of state, freedom of speech              cooperation approved by international
                                                          communities. Out of that US$ 36 billion
and information, different channels of private
                                                          in different sector invested, and the
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                                                          other 78% expended by the donors, and
other social and socialised gender equalities
                                                          international financial institutions, only
and human right for the success of democracy              22% used by the Government itself.
implemented. So in due point Afghanistan again
became part of the world community and UNO            •   In the last 8 years, as result of foreign
organisation and other international community.           assistance and the investment of
More than five million refuges abroad (mainly             government administrations, and private
Pakistan and Iran) have returned but with                 sector in the economic, there is a positive
tremendous needs.                                         dynamism move and caused the increase
                                                          in the output and gross domestic product
Mr. President,                                            (GDP), so as the gross domestic output in
                                                          the year 2002 was US$ 4 billion. In 2009
                                                          it increased to US$ 11.7 billion, as result
I would like to mention some of the major
                                                          the per-capita income in this period was
achievements in human development in the
                                                          US$ 180 and in 2009 it grew to US$ 460.
country:
                                                      •   The growth GDP in the year of 2009
•    In Education Sector, presently, Afghanistan          it was estimated 9%, but the national
     has 11,812 schools of which more than                income growth utilized a limited
     3,500 are newly built, in which 6.7                  individual, and still in the country
     million students are studying, where                 36% people live under poverty line.
     more than 38% are female. Eight years
     before the women had no right to study.          •   In the sector of electric power, there is
                                                          a prominent increased; in 2009 supply
•    22 Universities and some private                     electricity including imported electric was
     Institutions are active in Afghanistan.              about 630 MW. In 2010 it will to 1000 MW,


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     it should be mentioned that Afghanistan has       water, canal and irrigation systems. We should
     a good and sufficient potential for electricity   not deny that economic development having
     to make hydro–power dam in the country.           direct relation with growth of agriculture and
                                                       husbandry.
•    In the sector of Communication and
     Information Technology (IT) more than                 Afghanistan fortunately has sufficient
     US$ 2 billion invested by the private sector,
                                                       natural resources for investment to the internal
     and now 4.5 million people, which is 20%
                                                       and external investor. We have much storage
     of the total population came to utilize the
                                                       of natural resources such as coal, copper, iron,
     communication services.
                                                       gold, natural gas and other mineral. Extraction
                                                       of Ainnak cupper Lugar Province bidding took
     In the sector of Agriculture and social
                                                       place last year with Chinese Company.
economic development, the country has key role
and from the one side 70% people directly or
                                                            The existence of sufficient natural resources
indirectly are busy in agriculture and husbandry
                                                       and geographical location in our country its as
and also from the other side huge parts of
                                                       a related bridge between East, West, North and
exports is agriculture and husbandry material.
                                                       South so it is a good desire for the social and
                                                       economic in the country.
     On the other hand, the agriculture and
husbandry output was as a part of imports; now
                                                       Mr. President, Ladies & gentlemen,
as part of food product get it inside. So by better
regulation of agriculture and husbandry we can
                                                            As I mentioned, whatsoever, my country
prevent the deficit balance of trade. Attention to
                                                       with kind cooperation of bilateral and
agriculture is now faced with the increase price
                                                       multilateral (organisations and international
in food material. This is too difficult for those
                                                       communities) made an effective infrastructure
people that they are under poverty line.
                                                       progresses in economic growth good governing,
                                                       and also relationship of cooperation established
     Unfortunately, due to severe drought and
                                                       with world communities and regional. But in
un-modern irrigation system agriculture badly
                                                       spite of all these achievement, still we have
affected. The main motive in the agricultural
                                                       difficulty and challenges, so we will not be
development is existence of water. Fortunately
                                                       able to solve and overcome it without kind
in this process the donors paid much attention in
                                                       cooperation of world communities, their
the development of agriculture.
                                                       comprehensive assistance will help us to
                                                       challenges and make better strategy.
     In the Paris Conference the agriculture
and energy was first priority to the world
                                                       Mr. President,
communities and international organisations,
for agriculture development, which was affected
                                                       The difficulty and challenges are as follows:
much.
                                                       •   Security: One of the most important
                                                           challenges is security and our National
    The Government of Afghanistan tries
                                                           Armed Force and Police should improve
by the kind cooperation of donors to take
                                                           and progress on the base of quality and
good performances to establish infrastructure
                                                           quantity. Fortunately, world communities,
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    in this regards paid much attention.                 to the stability of the region as well as to
                                                         the world. Once again a coordinated and
•   On 28 June 2010, the London Conference               honest effort is needed by both the region
    was held with the participation of 70                and international community.
    countries’ heads and the foreign ministers.
    The Afghan President H.E. Hamid Karzai               In the 41st CCM to overcome the drug
    made comprehensive statement, participants       control in Afghanistan US$ 7 million was
    made most attention in the following             promised and I hoped that was performed, and
    points: To strengthen National armed force       expected to cooperate again in this area.
    and Police, and on the base of time stage the
    responsibility transfer to Afghan security.           Corruption is another challenge confronted
                                                     by the government of Afghanistan making it
•   In Afghanistan alone the security cannot         an undesirable scar in the region as well as to
    secured, we should try totally our best          the eyes of international community. While it
    by the aid of the world communities.             was identified as a major challenge to growth
                                                     of economic and social development to the
•   The biggest tread for security in the country    government of Afghanistan in the London
    and to the region is terrorist activities        conference, the international support is needed
    supported by various elements crossing the       to help Afghanistan in its anti-corruption
    border of Afghanistan. Anti-terrorist efforts    campaign, especially in the area of law




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    in Afghanistan will not be very effective        enforcement as well as in the training efforts in
    until the terrorist net and training camps are   transparency and accountability.
    totally eliminated and supportive activities
    to the terrorists are completely stopped.            Colombo Plan on the base of its technical
                                                     cooperation especially in the area of Fellowship
•   Therefore, efforts are needed to                 and Scholarship have a good relationship. During
    fulfil   this  regional   commitment             2008 and 2009, 45 persons nominated and 36
    to fight against terrorist activities.           persons participated in different programmes,
                                                     and also one person did his Master. Afghanistan
•   Narcotic trafficking is another major            paid its membership contribution for year of
    challenge related to security and corruption     2008-2009 and hoped to contribute the next
    causing instability and preventing peace in      contribution urgently.
    Afghanistan and yet in the region. Although
    the poppy cultivation is done by Afghan              At the end, I once again thank the Colombo
    farmers, the narcotic production, process,       Plan Secretariat, and the Government of India
    distribution and trafficking is carried          especially MoF, for the warm hospitality.
    mostly by foreigners making another tread        With best regards.



                                                                                        Presented by
                                                                       Mr. Mohammad Asef Hormat
                                                                                   Director-General
                                                                       Foreign Relations Department
                                                                    Islamic Republic of Afghanistan


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                                                                         Mr. Mark Bailey
                                                               AusAid Regional Counsellor
                                                             High Commission for Australia
                                                                                Sri Lanka




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Bangladesh

Mr. Chairman, Distinguished delegates, Ladies      public-private partnership are also included in
and Gentlemen, Good afternoon to you all!          the future work plans. Given the critical need
                                                   of human resources development, countries like
     First of all, I would like to thank the       Bangladesh may be given special preference in
Government of India for hosting the 42nd CCM       the selection of trainees/participants in these
of the Colombo Plan and making excellent           programmes.
arrangements for the meeting. I would also like
to thank the Secretary General, Colombo Plan             Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programmes
Secretariat for providing seamless support for     has also been highly beneficial for Bangladesh
successful holding of this meeting.                from its inception. The DAP has contributed
                                                   to a great extent through enhancing human
     Colombo Plan has been a trusted               resources development and demand reduction
development partner of Bangladesh since            activities in the fight of Bangladesh against
the early days of her independence in 1971.        the menace of drug trafficking and abuse.
From 1972, Bangladesh has been greatly             The Long-Term Scholarship Programme has
benefited from the programmes such as Drug         been the flagship of the Colombo Plan. While




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Advisory Programmes, Long-Term Scholarship         it is heartening that the DAP has attracted the
Programmes      and     Short-term   Training      highest amount of funds/projects in 2008-09, it
programmes of the Plan. In Bangladesh we           is equally painful that there has been hardly any
strongly feel that these programmes should         funds for the LTSP this year. It would be indeed
be widened and increased in order to help the      unfortunate if the LTSP is closed due to lack of
Developing and the Least Developed countries       funds. The member countries, particularly the
to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.       Developed ones, may come forward to pledge
                                                   voluntary contributions for raising funds for this
Mr. Chairman,                                      Programme.
     Human resources development is of critical
importance to a country like Bangladesh.           Mr. Chairman,
Colombo      Plan     Short-Term       Training        As a member of the Colombo Plan,
programmes and Workshops in priority areas         Bangladesh is obliged to pay not only the
such as public governance, IT management,          annual contribution but also to clear up its arrear
strategic management, project management,          dues. I would like inform to you that recently,
economic planning, teacher training, sustainable   the Government of Bangladesh has decided to
environmental development etc. have been           pay all its outstanding dues and the payment is
playing an important role in the development       under process. I thank you Mr. Chairman.
of human capital in the public sector. While
more training programmes in these areas are                                         Presented by
considered, it is also suggested that capacity                             Ms. Shanchita Haque
building projects/programmes in new areas                        High Commission for the People’s
like health and nutrition, agriculture, rural                            Republic of Bangladesh
development, ICT, disaster management,                                         New Delhi, India


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Bhutan

Mr Chairman, Secretary General of Colombo              contributions to building our human resource
Plan, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates,           capacity. Bhutan continues to utilize opportunities
Ladies and Gentlemen,                                  in various regional and international training
                                                       courses such as on leadership, management,
    Allow me, Mr. Chairman, to congratulate            hazardous waste management and as well as
you on your election to the chair of the 42nd          long-term courses such as master’s degrees in
Consultative Committee Meeting of the                  different prestigious institutes in the region. In
Colombo Plan. We are confident that under              particular, Bhutan is also benefitting from the
your able guidance, our meeting will break             grant being given to the Youth Development Fund
new grounds. My delegation would like to               (YDF) of Bhutan for providing opportunities to
wish you every success in discharging your             students from poor and disadvantaged families
responsibilities and I assure you of our full          to pursue basic education.
support and cooperation.
                                                       Mr. Chairman,
    Let me also extend our sincere gratitude
and appreciation to the Government of India for             A small, landlocked least developed
hosting this Meeting and also for the excellent        country faces many challenges in today’s world
arrangements made for this important meeting.          of multifaceted crises. The adverse impact of
                                                       climate change is one of our greatest concerns.
Mr. Chairman,                                          In the past year alone, Bhutan suffered floods
                                                       and earthquakes causing unprecedented damage
     The Colombo Plan was the first multilateral       to infrastructure and loss of lives. But, despite
organization which Bhutan joined in 1962 and           our own vulnerabilities, resource and capacity
therefore it is a matter of great pleasure and         constraints, we regard environmental protection
honour for my delegation to attend the 42nd            as one of the four guiding principles under
CCM of the Colombo Plan which also marks               the concept of Gross National Happiness-our
the beginning of the Diamond Jubilee year of the       development philosophy. Against this backdrop,
idea of South-South Cooperation. We are happy          we find reassurance with the support in the form
to note that the success of the Colombo Plan has       of various programmes on environment provided
been due to the extraordinary spirit of solidarity     to my country under the Colombo Plan.
and cooperation amongst the member states. In
this regard, we note with appreciation the lead        Mr. Chairman,
role and contributions being made by those with
greater capacity, such as the Government of India.          The theme of our meeting - “Public-Private
                                                       Partnership” (PPP) resonates with relevance
Mr. Chairman,                                          in the context of Bhutan. Public Private
                                                       Partnership is being intensified in my country
    Bhutan has always maintained a close and           in the ongoing Tenth Plan to improve public
cooperative relationship with the Colombo              service delivery, procurement procedures and
Plan and this partnership has made substantive         lessen the burden on government funds. My


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government has already identified challenges         forward to furthering co-operation in the area
and constraints and also some possible areas         under the Colombo Plan.
of PPP. Some of the challenges include lack of
expertise, limited capacity of the private sector,   Mr Chairman,
weak monitoring system, lack of supporting
infrastructure and economy of scale. Possible             Before I conclude, I would like to inform
areas for PPP include ICT service operations         the distinguished gathering that the political
and management, industrial estate development        transformation of my country is being accorded
and management, dry port management,                 the highest priority. The first popularly elected
infrastructure projects like hydropower,             Government is committed to build on the
renewable energy, highways, roadside amenities       legacy of our enlightened Monarchs and
housing, airports, airlines, water supply, rural     ensure that our quest for a democratic system
electrification, education, sports facilities        of governance is both vibrant and irreversible.
and agro products. In this regard, Bhutan has
already put in place pro-private sector policy,           Finally, I would like to say that this
accelerated hydropower development policy,           meeting is not only an opportunity for us to
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME)           evaluate our efforts thus far but also to explore
policy and fiscal incentives.                        innovative ways to further our common
                                                     interests in a spirit of camaraderie, mutual trust
    My delegation would like to thank                and understanding.




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the Government of India for the excellent
presentation made on the PPP and we look             Thank you and Tashi Delek!



                                                                                        Presented by
                                                                                H.E. Mr. Daw Penjo
                                                                                   Foreign Secretary
                                                                          Ministry of Foreign Affairs
                                                                                              Bhutan




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Brunei Darussalam

Your Excellencies, Distinguished           Guests,     has been supporting IFNGO activities since
Ladies and Gentlemen,                                  its inception in 1981, in which BASMIDA,
                                                       Brunei Darussalam’s anti national NGO is also
     Allow me to express my sincere gratitude          a member. The CPDAP has been involved in
to the kind hospitality and excellent facilities       the 17th IFNGO ASEAN NGO’s Conference,
provided by the Government of India.                   which was held on 3-5 December 2007 in Brunei
                                                       Darussalam under the theme of “Overcome the
    I am honoured to be here today. Please             Incidence of Recidivism to ensure ASEAN Drug
also accept my personal congratulations on             Free 2015” with the support of the Bureau of
your recent election as Chair to this distinctive      International Narcotics and Law Enforcement
Meeting.                                               Affairs, US Department of State. In addition to
                                                       that, Brunei Darussalam also hosted the 23rd
     This is the first Consultative Committee          IFNGO from 29 June-1 July last year.
Meeting (CCM) that Brunei Darussalam
has attended since becoming a (provisional)                 In December 2007, Dato’ Patricia,
member to the Colombo Plan on 20 November              Secretary-General of the Colombo Plan met with
2008. We are indeed privileged to be part of this      the then Director of International Organisations
historic occasion.                                     under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
                                                       In the meeting, Dato’ introduced the Colombo
     I would also like to take this opportunity to     Plan and invited Brunei Darussalam to become
express my deepest appreciation to the previous        a member.
hose of the Consultative Committee Meeting
(CCM) chairman, Malaysia for the outstanding                Only in April 2009, in a courtesy call to
leadership and unstinting dedication to his            Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign
duties.                                                Affairs and Trade by Mr. Tay Bian How, the
                                                       Consultant for the Drug Advisory Programme
Mr. Chairman,                                          of the Colombo Plan Secretariat, the Permanent
                                                       Secretary agreed for the Department of
     Brunei Darussalam has been an observer            International Organisations to act as an interim
to the Colombo Plan since 1987 through                 national focal point until suitable agency has
the involvement of the Narcotics Control               been identified.
Bureau (NCB) particularly in the area of Drug
Advisory Services. The Colombo Plan Drug               Mr. Chairman,
Advisory Programme (CPDAP) had provided
opportunities in the past for Brunei Darussalam            Since being a provisional member, Brunei
to attend its programmes.                              Darussalam has actively participated in quite
                                                       a few programmes such as the Professional
     As one of the founding members of the             Development Programme for Science and
International Federation of Non-Governmental           Mathematics Teacher in Malaysia, Training
Organisation (IFNGO), the Colombo Plan                 Programme on Small and Medium Enterprise


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Promotion Policy in Korea, Regional Training   experts provided by the Colombo Plan.
on Development of Outreach/Drop-In Centres
in Maldives, Regional Training on Drug Abuse   Mr. Chairman,
Prevention in Thailand, Regional Training
of Women Counsellors on Family Therapy              Not with standing how short Brunei
in Treatment and Rehabilitation in India,      Darussalam has joined the Colombo Plan, we
Training Course on Project Management          believe that the Colombo Plan has consistently
recently in Colombo, Sri Lanka and currently   proven itself to be a programme that delivers
the Certificate Course in IT Management and    with the rich history of successful and
Implementation here in New Delhi, India. On    deliverable programmes.
top of these, the Narcotics Control Bureau
with the collaboration of the CPDAP side            With that, I hope that our Meeting will
of Colombo Plan has recently conducted a       result in some practical initiatives that will
training from the 25 January – 4 February in   be of immediate benefit to each members of
Brunei Darussalam. The Training Package        the Colombo Plan. On our part, you have my
for Addiction Treatment Professionals was      assurance that Brunei Darussalam will continue
designed and tailored for the locals staffs    to support the Colombo Plan initiatives in this
of Brunei Darussalam’s sole Treatment and      area.
Rehabilitation Centre known as Pusat Al-
Islah. Brunei Darussalam has funded the        Thank you.




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                                                                                 Presented by
                                                  Hajah Pengiran Masnah Pengiran Haji Damit
                                                        Assistant Director /Research Division
                                                                    Narcotics Control Bureau
                                                                      Prime Minister’s Office
                                                                           Brunei Darussalam




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Fiji

Madam,        Chairperson,        Excellencies.        already embarked on this with genuine efforts
Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,         towards conducting the General Election in 2014.

    On behalf on the Government of the                 Madam, Chairperson, Distinguished Delegates,
Republic of the Fiji Islands, I extend our warm
greetings to you all. I must sincerely thank the            This Consultative meeting brings forth
Colombo Plan and the Government of India for           new ideas, provides the opportunity to sharing
hosting the 42nd Consultative Meeting of the           experiences and creating a platform to further
Colombo Plan and the opportunity to attend             strengthen and broaden the activities of the
representing my government.                            Colombo Plan and collaboration between
                                                       member countries in various areas of cooperation
Madam, Chairperson, Distinguished Delegates,           and development including new strategic areas
                                                       identified and possibly the engagement of new
    First, please allow me to briefly enlighten        potential partners.
this forum on the current focus of the
Government of Republic of Fiji Islands.                     Fiji as a developing island nation is
                                                       proud to be a member of the Colombo Plan
     The Political changes that took place in Fiji     and the Government of Fiji wishes to express
in 2006, is now a fact of history. Fiji has come       its appreciation to the Colombo Plan for its
a long way and is genuinely taking steps and           continued support and assistance since joining
necessary efforts in rebuilding the country, and       in 1972. Fiji also appreciates the goodwill of
is committed to it.                                    developed countries within the Colombo Plan
                                                       that have willingly offered assistance including
     The current caretaker Government                  institutions and donor countries for their
continued with the reform initiatives that the         kindness in mounting the various programs.
former Interim Government had embarked on
and is guided by the vision espoused through                Over the years Fiji has been participating
the widely endorsed Peoples Charter for                in short and long-term training programs in
Change, Peace and Progress. To spearhead this          various fields and institutions organised by the
reform process the Government has undertaken           Colombo Plan. In 2009 alone, Fiji was invited to
to focus its development plans on improving the        participate in 20, training programs, 13 of which
socioeconomic and infrastructure conditions            we participated in. Our continuous participation
throughout the country and encouraging private         has no doubt enhanced Fiji’s capacity building
sector partnership in its reform initiatives.          efforts and human resource development that in
                                                       the longer term contributes to its overall national
     The Government of Fiji believes that its          development.
internal political challenges would be better
resolved within, and reiterates its commitment             Indeed, Fiji will continue to rely upon the
to holding a free, fair and transparent democratic     various programs and activities mounted by
election under a reformed electoral system. It has     the Colombo Plan and needs member countries


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assistance especially in relation to capacity    •   poverty reduction
building in the area of:
•   civil service reforms                             Fiji being well placed geographically in the
                                                 Pacific, could through collaboration with the
•   public governance and administration
                                                 Colombo Plan share its experiences, contribute
•   micro finance                                and support capacity building programs for
•   financial management                         developing island states in the South Pacific
                                                 Region and of course other member countries
•   project planning
                                                 as and when required.
•   development     of      Small   &   Medium
    Enterprises (SMEs)                               The Government of Fiji will continue to
•   environmental / economic planning and        lend its unreserved support to the Colombo Plan,
                                                 contribute positively to achieve its mandate and
    management
                                                 working closely with member countries.
•    drugs abuse / eradication
•   HIV & Aids                                   Thank you.



                                                                                  Presented by
                                                                   H.E. Mr. Savenaca Kaunisela




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                                                                            High Commissioner
                                                                       High Commission of Fiji
                                                                                    New Delhi




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Islamic Republic of Iran
                                             IRAN




                             Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance

                                       Islamic Republic of Iran




                                         The compassionate

                                             The merciful



     First of all, we would like to thank Indian Government for hosting such an important
                                 meeting and good arrangements,

     Also appreciate Dato’ Patricia Yoon-Moi Chia, Secretary General of Colombo Plan for
                            her visit to Iran and invitation for 42th

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                                                                   Iran @ a Glance
    

                                                Introduction

              Every country has its own unique feature: The history, geography, trade patterns and
        level of development. No matter how diversified these features are, there is one thing in
        common in all nations: The hope and the urge to develop their potentialities as fast as
        possible. We believe that human resources are the key feature for realizing this hope.

                                                History of Iran

            Unlike the majority of world’s countries, Iran has no independence day; because the
        formation of Iran- formerly called Persia- dates back to the very early days of civilisation.

           In the 6th century B.C, the territory of present-day Iran was the center of the Persian
        Empire, the world’s preeminent power at that time. For more than 2000 years, the regions
        inhabitants have referred to it by the name Iran derived from the Aryan tribes who settled the
        area long ago. However, until 1935, when an Iranian ruler demanded that the name Iran be
        used, the English- Speaking world knew the country as Persia, a legacy of the Greeks who




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        named the region after its most important province, Pars. (Present – day Fars).

           Iran was a monarchy ruled by a shah, or king, from 1501 until 1979, when a yearlong
        popular revolution led by the Shia clergy culminated in the overthrow of the monarchy and the
        establishment of an Islamic Republic.



                                                Basic Facts

        •   Location: Middle East, Between Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea

        ·   Iran borders: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan to the North, Afghanistan and
            Pakistan to the East, Turkey and Iraq to the West. In the south, the Persian Gulf and the
            Oman Sea provide Iran with accessibility to the international waters.

        ·   Area: 1, 648,000 square kilometers.

        ·   Land: 1.636, 000 square kilometers.

        ·   Water: 12000 square kilometers.

        ·   Climate: Mostly arid of semiarid.

        ·   Natural resources: petroleum, gas, coal, copper, iron …

        ·   Language: Persian.

        ·   Capital: Tehran.

        ·   Unemployment Rate: 11 Percent.

        ·   Literacy Rate (6-29 years): 96.3 percent

    

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         ·   Urban population: 67 Percent

         •   Population: Iran is a Country with a population of about 70 million and GNP per capita of $
             4000.

         ·   Population: annual growth is about 1.4 Percent.

         ·   Two- thirds of the population is under 30 years old.

         ·   The urban areas: accommodate over 65% of the population.

         ·   Iran has the third largest oil reserves and second highest gas reserves in the world.

         •   Industry accounts: 35 Percent of GDP.



                                      The Structure of Government

         •   Blending of democracy and theocracy with authority derived from the constitution enacted
             in 1979 and revised in 1989 .

         •   Three branches of authority under the chief of state, as the Supreme leader.



                                         Iran’s Economic System

         Iran’s economic system has been portrayed by Article 44 of the constitution as follows:

         •   Public sector.

         •   Cooperative sector.

         •   Private sector.




     

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                 Organisation for Investment, Economic and Technical Assistance of Iran


                                                     (OIETAI)

                The OIETAI was founded in June 1975 to conduct and perform a host of activities which
        host of before its establishment, were
delegated to different government agencies. The activities
        mandated to the OIETAI have all an external nature with global international affairs. It ranges
        from investment to financing as well as from bilateral to regional and international relations.

              The president of the Organisation is ex-officio the Deputy Minister for Investments        and
        International Affairs of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance. The Organisation performs
        its duties in accordance with its statutes and such other legislation governing foreign investment in
         Iran, Iranian investments abroad, external financing whether extending loans and credits to
        other countries as well as borrowings from international sources, coordinating and expanding
        relations with other countries and regional, as well as          international economic and financial
        institutions and agencies.

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        • Promotion, attraction and protection of foreign investment.

    •       Managing the World Bank and Islamic Development Bank portfolio in the country.

    • Assist the executing agencies of the externally financed projects.

    • Negotiate and finalise the financing agreements and arrangements with the lender




        

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                                 Finance        Islamic Development                  World Bank
                              Service Center                                           Group
                                                    Bank Group
                          
                                                      



                                                


           Iran
                           IDB
                       ITFC – IRTI –                                                   ECO -
                          ICIEC                                                      COMCEC -
                                   
                                                         


                   &Colombo Plan
                                                                                             





     

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     Islamic Republic of Iran has been an active member of Colombo Plan since 1967. In case of
    revision In title and form of courses arranged by Colombo Plan, member countries would be
    encouraged for more attendance.

                                      Comparing Participants Table

                                           of 7 Selected Country

                                                1995-2009

          Country                  DAP            ENV        LTSP          PPA           PPSD            TOTAL



          Malaysia                  762            17           1            58            75              913
          Pakistan                  439             6           5           100            86              636




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            India                   272             4           0           86             82              444
         Singapore                  236             0           0            3              8              247
         I.R. Iran                   28            13           2           93             88              224
          S. Korea                  111            0            0            0              9              120
          Australia                 30             0            0            0             0               30
            Total                  8292           139          89          1403           1254            11177


        Percentage*                0/003           9            2            6              7                2


           Rate*                    22             4            7            3              3               16



    *Percentage of participation and rate of participation between member countries are
    compared with 26 member countries.



                                       Results of Comparing Table

    1. Drug Advisory Program:

        It has the most attraction for member countries and most attendance that shows the
    acceptable actions of this field. Iran's participation in this program is inadequate. Although it
    refers to different internal courses and activities of Drug Advisory In Iran, we, as the focal point of
    Colombo Plan in Iran, take necessary encourage measures to the Drug Administration to more


    

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      attendance. Also the number of participation on this program is a good mark for Colombo plan and
      shows the Importance of this programme.

      2. Environmet:

          Iran's participation in this field is high and has been the 4th country. In this respect, it indicates
      that we are concerned about our Environmental issues and would like to know the world
      experiences. In addition, it shows that participation of other countries in not high. We suppose it
      refers to their negligence about importance of environmental activities, specially in under
      developing countries, and also to weakness of focal points for making more enthusiasm on the
      related organisations. Holding more courses and exchanging more useful experiences specially
      from developed countries and also incite other countries to attend in these important programs
      will help Colombo Plan to conduct such course more successfully.

      3. Long Term Scholarship:

          Average and total of participation in member countries in this programme is the lowest. For
      our case, employees in public sector have determination for long term abroad courses and so;
      Iran's participation is not good. Not only we are doing some internal efforts to solve the problem,
      but also we ask Colombo Plan to increase the number of participations and also make more
      observation and better conditions for the best quality and advantages for member countries. We
      would like to thank South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia for their active role in this program.

      4:Programme for Public Administration:

          We have used 6 percent of total participation that shows our eagerness to this area. But we
      suggest the courses to be hold in developed countries to have more efficiency and make the
      inspiration against bureaucracy in under developed countries.

      5. Program for Private Sector Development:

         This program has one of the best levels of participation and we are sure that these programs
      are very useful for the improvement of the economy and Doing Business in member countries.
      More diversity and more allowance of participation would make the program as the most attractive
      one. Although up to now it has a good mark on Colombo Plan activities, we ask to make it more
      available with increasing the number of participations.

      Iran's Total Participation:
         Totally, more than 11000 people through the last 14 years have attended Colombo Plan
      Courses that is a very important indication of Colombo Plan potential. Unfortunately Iran's share is
      not so high and we hope to strengthen it with future policies and measurements.

                                                       Other:

           Trough the travel of Dato' Patricia Yoon-Moi Chia, the Secretary General of Colombo Plan to
      Iran in November 2009, some MOU between Colombo plan and Iranian related organizations as
      follow had been made:

      

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    1. Iranian Research Organisation for Science and Technology (IROST) of Islamic Republic of Iran.

    2. Organisation for Investment, Economic & Technical Assistance of Iran.(OIETAI ).

    3. Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation.

         Also CP had some efficacious meetings with Drug Office, Ministry of foreign affairs, Chamber
    of Commerce of Iran and ECO Secretariat in Tehran.

                                               Suggestions

                                                A: General

           1: starting new subtitled programs as follows:
           1-1: Finding the Mechanism of Financial Credit in Export Process
    1-2:Analysis of Business Atmosphere and Identifying Target Markets (with a view of
    Doing Business Studies, by World bank)
               1-3: Transferring the Know-How.
               1-4:Brand Making in International Market.
               1-5:Venture Management.
               1-6: Experiences of Indian in Public Private Partnership as a course for
               Private& Public sectors of member countries.
      2: regarding the long and time consuming procedure of internal permissions, it would




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     be appreciated if CP send the announcement for programs at least 2 months before the
     closing date of program.

                                      B: I.R.Iran & Colombo Plan

    1. Technical and Vocational Training Organisation (TVTO) affiliated to the Ministry of Labor and
    Social Affairs of the I.R.Iran, has proposed to establish a Centre for Entrepreneurs and Training
    the Trainers of TVT. The Colombo Plan is encouraged to mount the interested students of member
    counties to this Centre. The affiliated costs will be equally covered by Islamic Republic of Iran and
    Colombo plan 1-Holding a youth Congress in Iran regarding "drug reduction demand.”

    2. Regarding the joint membership of seven countries in both Colombo Plan and Islamic
    Development Bank (IDB), it is suggested to benefit the capacities of IDB such as holding joint
    training courses (especially with the cooperation of Islamic Research and Training Institute),
    exchanging views and benefiting the experiences of IDB on holding workshops and training
    courses or financing the courses. Islamic Republic of Iran as the fourth shareholder of IDB will
    strongly support the issue.

    3. Holding a Youth Congress in Iran regarding "Drug Reduction Demand'
    4:Iranian Research Organisation for Science and Technology (IROST) will co-ordinate joint training
    program with the CPS in 2010 regarding the singed MOU.

    5. Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) in co-operation with
    national focal point and CP will facilitate training courses either in I.R.Iran or any other member
    states or Dialogue Partners
    

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                                                                                    Presented by
                                                                               Mr. Ahmad Jamali
                          Director-General for Loans, International Organisations and Institutions
                Organisation for Investment Economic and Technical Assistance of Iran (OIETAI)
                                                                         Islamic Republic of Iran

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Japan

Chairperson, Secretary General, Distinguished               (1) The issue of Afghanistan has become
Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,                       one of the most challenging issues for the entire
                                                       international community and the community has
1. (1) I first would like to send my gratitude         been pro-actively engaged to support Afghan
to the Ministry of Finance of India and the            endeavours to reconstruct its homeland.
Colombo Plan Secretariat for preparing and
hosting this well organised meeting. I am                   In 2002, Japan took initiative of hosting
indeed honoured to be given this opportunity to        the International Conference on Reconstruction
address the distinguished audience today on the        Assistance of Afghanistan, or Tokyo
occasion of the 42nd Consultative Committee            Conference, which marked the very beginning
Meeting of the Colombo Plan.                           of reconstruction process of Afghanistan. So
                                                       far, Japan pledged assistance of 6.5 billion US
     (2) Japan joined the Colombo Plan in              dollars in total.
1954. This is a commemorable year for all
Japanese as it was the turning point for Japanese           Until the end of 2009, Japan implemented
diplomacy, in other words, it was the year             1.8 billon US dollars in such various fields
in which Japan’s proactive engagement to               as humanitarian assistance, democratic
international cooperation as a donor began.            process, security improvement, infrastructure,
                                                       agriculture etc. And currently around 130
     It is gratifying that partnership between         Japanese civilians are engaged on the ground.
Japan and the Colombo Plan has continued
uninterruptedly for more than a half century                (2) Japan’s strong commitment to
since then. During the years, environment              reconstruction of Afghanistan continues,
surrounding international community has                regardless of the change of power in Japan
substantially changed, and so too, that of             last September. The new administration led
the Colombo Plan and Japan. We appreciate              by Prime Minister Hatoyama has placed the
Secretary General Madame Chia’s strong                 assistance to Afghanistan at one of its top
initiative to revitalise the Colombo Plan and          diplomatic agendas.
reform it to be more adaptable to the new
development demands in the region. Japan, on                In this regard, the Government of Japan
the other hand, also has been reviewing its ODA        announced, last November, a new assistance
policy continually so that it would effectively        package in which Japan would provide assistance
address the challenges the region faces. We            of approximately 80 billion yen urgently needed
are sure that our sincere efforts bear fruit in        in Afghanistan. Shifting up from the existing
prosperous future of the whole region.                 pledge of a total of approximately 2 billion US
                                                       dollars, Japan will provide assistance up to an
2. Now, at the request of Secretary-General            amount in the region of 5 billion US dollars in
Madam Chia, I am pleased to make a presentation        about 5 years from 2009, based on the future
on Japan’s assistance to Afghanistan, on behalf        situation of Afghanistan.
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1) enhancement of Afghanistan’s capability to         upon the establishment of a “reintegration fund”
maintain security,                                    which is under preparation, Japan would like to
2) reintegration of grass root level soldiers, and    consider contributing approximately 50 million
3) advancement of sustainable and self-reliant        dollars to that fund promptly on condition of the
development.                                          approval of Japan’s budget for the fiscal year
                                                      2010. Furthermore, it is our recognition that this
     First, containment of insurgencies               fund needs to be continued for long, and as we
is essential towards ensuring security in             stated at the London Conference, Japan would
Afghanistan and enabling Afghans to attain            like to consider additional contribution based
rebuilding the nation by their own hands. To          on the progress of the fund. Japan expects other
that end, Japan will exert utmost support in          countries to substantially contribute to the fund
enhancing Afghanistan’s capability to maintain        too.
security. Japan will pave the way for the Afghans
to take their own security responsibilities by             Finally, Japan will support advancing
such assistance as supporting the National            nation-building efforts that attract the Afghan
Police.                                               people. For Afghanistan’s sustainable and
                                                      self reliant development, Japan will provide
     Secondly, for reintegration and long-term        assistance in areas such as agriculture and
reconciliation with the insurgents, it is important   rural development, infrastructure development
to begin with working on reintegration of grass       (including energy), education, health and other




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root level soldiers. Construction of effective        basic human needs based on the Afghanistan’s
measures that would allow them to sustain their       needs. In addition, Japan will aim to stabilise
own lives and resettle into the society in the        Afghanistan also by promoting the development
long-term is essential. The Afghans themselves        of neighbouring Central Asia region which we
need to build such measure. Japan, by utilising       recognise as one theatre.
our experience and expertise from DDR,
disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration,        3. As a member country of the Colombo
and DIAG, or Disbandment of Illegal Armed             Plan, the Government of Japan is grateful that
Groups, will involve ourselves from the               the Colombo Plan puts focus on programs in
planning stage and provide financial assistance       Afghanistan, with generous contribution mainly
to programmes such as vocational training and         from the United States to the Drug Advisory
small scale rural development programmes for          Program. The Government of Japan hopes that
job creation.                                         Japan’s bilateral assistance and the Colombo
                                                      Plan’s activities in Afghanistan generate a
     In this respect, Japan welcomes that President   synergetic effect on the ground and contributes
Karzai of Afghanistan announced a program on          effectively in realizing peace in Afghanistan in
Peace and Reintegration. To support the effort,       the years to come.
at the London Conference on Afghanistan in
January, the Government of Japan stated that          Thank you.

                                                                                       Presented by
                                                                         H.E. Mr. Hideaki Doumichi
                                                                               Ambassador of Japan
                                                                        Embassy of Japan, New Delhi


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Republic of Korea

Thank you, Mr. Chairman,                               training support to the Colombo Plan, focusing
                                                       on the Program for Private Sector Development
     I am honoured to have the opportunity to          (PPSD). The Republic of Korea has administered
address you today, and would like to congratulate      joint training programmes through the Korea
you for your successful chairmanship of the            International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
42nd Colombo Plan Consultative Committee               Last year, 13 nationals of 11 different countries
Meeting. Under your able leadership, this              participated in the KOICA-Colombo Plan
meeting has produced constructive results. I           Joint Training Programme on SME Promotion
would like to express my gratitude to Secretary-       Policy. The Republic of Korea also received 11
General, Dato’ Patricia Yoon-Moi Chia, for her         women from 8 countries through the Economic
dedication to the enhancement of the Colombo           Empowerment of Rural Women Joint Training
Plan mandate. My gratitude also extends to the         Programme, and educated 14 nationals of
Secretariat for its diligence and preparations for     different country origins on the mechanisms
this meeting. Finally, I would like to convey my       and major actors of international trade. These
deepest appreciation to the Government of India        programmes facilitate specific technical skills
for hosting this meeting.                              and knowledge transfers crucial to a skilled
                                                       labour force. They are thus conducive to local
Mr. Chairman,                                          ownership of economic advancement, as aid-
                                                       recipients are not viewed as supplicants, but as
     The Republic of Korea joined the ranks            the generators of growth.
of the Colombo Plan in 1962 as a hopeful aid-
recipient country determined to pull itself from            The Korean government will continue to
poverty and the vestiges of war. After the swift       host trainees in programmes planned for 2010.
yet industrious passing of some 50 years, the          The programmes are valued at 100,000 USD a
Republic of Korea has now become a member              year and will respectively address the issues of
of the OECD/DAC (Development Assistance                “International Trade and the WTO,” “Economic
Committee) and plans to systemize and improve          Empowerment of Rural Women,” and “Industrial
its ODA in the years to come. The Republic             Development and SMEs Policy.” This year,
of Korea is history’s first-ever case of an aid-       the Republic of Korea will invite 15 nationals
recipient country making a successful and              from the Colombo Plan Member Countries to
sustainable transition into a net donor country.       participate in each programme, hosting a total
The Korean government fully recognises the             of 45 men and women.
greater responsibilities it must now undertake
within the international community.                        With regards to long-term joint training
                                                       programmes, my delegation is delighted to
     The Republic of Korea has had many                announce that the KDI School of Public Policy
opportunities to engage in the cooperative             and Management will maintain its Long-Term
activities of the Colombo Plan. Since 1991,            Scholarship Programme (LTSP) through the
the Korean government has contributed a total          Colombo Plan. The Republic of Korea has since
of 2.7 million USD in funds and substantive            2006 welcomed 24 scholars of the Colombo


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Plan Member Countries to pursue postgraduate       lessons of its own development experiences, the
degrees in public policy at the KDI School. This   Korean government has contributed insights
year, the KDI School plans to award 24,000         and approaches to growth in a multitude of
USD scholarships to 5 nationals of the Colombo     sectors for the aforementioned nations.
Plan Member Countries.
                                                        In addition to its major ODA contributions,
     In another vein of programmatic support,      the Republic of Korea is currently providing
the Korean government will continue to provide     capacity development for job training in
funds to the Colombo Plan’s Drug Advisory          Myanmar, helping to establish a training
Programme (DAP), contributing 10,000               institute for textile production in Pakistan,
USD this year through the Korean Food and          and supporting the local programme for the
Drug Administration (KFDA). The Colombo            improvement of medical emergency and social
Plan Member Countries should strengthen            security systems in Fiji.
their capacities to tackle the issues of drug
dependency and rehabilitation.                     Mr. Chairman,

     The Republic of Korea also has a rich             I would like to reiterate the Korean
history of bilateral cooperation with individual   government’s commitment to an enduring
Colombo Plan Member Countries. For 2010,           cooperation with the Member Countries of the
the Government of the Republic of Korea            Colombo Plan. The Republic of Korea will




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plans to deepen development cooperation            continue the joint training programmes and
with Asian countries, including those with         promote an informed public engagement as the
membership in the Colombo Plan. The Islamic        means to nation-building. We will thus strive to
State of Afghanistan, Vietnam, the Philippines,    maintain mutual cooperation with the Colombo
Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic             Plan in the hopes that our support will prove
Republic, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Mongolia           advantageous to its Member Countries.
will be among the top 15 priority Korean ODA
recipient countries. Drawing from the historical   Thank you.



                                                                                   Presented by
                                                                            Mr. Ham Gwang-Sup
                                                                                Charge d’ Affairs
                                                                Embassy of the Republic of Korea
                                                                                     New Delhi




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Lao PDR


Madame Chairperson, Distinguished Secretary-           Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
General of the Colombo Plan H.E. Dato’ Patricia
Yoon-Moi Chia, Distinguished President of the               I am happy to note my country still continue
Council of the Colombo Plan H.E. Patricia              to get support and assistance from the Colombo
A.Butenis, Dear participants, Ladies and               Plan particularly in the field of technical
Gentlemen,                                             assistance and in combating narcotics problems.
                                                       We have got a number of scholarships for a
     At the outset, on behalf of the Government        long-term and short term training of Business
of the Lao PDR, I would like to express my most        Management, human resources, capacity
gratitude and heartfelt thanks to the Government       building and other areas, thus contributing for
of India for hosting this big event for the third      socioeconomic development of my country.
time and my high appreciation for the hard work
of the Secretary General and the Secretariat to            In this connection, may I suggest if
make today possible.                                   Colombo Plan could consider to continue offer
                                                       long term training and to focus on both
     On this occasion, may I reaffirm our              economic and social programmes.
consistent support to the policy, strategy and
goals adopted by the Council of the Colombo                 In conclusion, once again, I am very
Plan for economic development, social justice,         thankful to the host and the Secretariat of the
technical cooperation, poverty eradication, etc.       excellent arrangements. My thanks also got
I would like to convey my best congratulations         to the donor countries and finally, I wish the
for the tireless effort and great achievements         Meeting a great success.
scored by the Colombo Plan in the last few
years.                                                 Thank you.



                                                                                          Presented by
                                                                                H.E. Mr. Ly Bounkham
                                                                                          Ambassador
                                                                                 Embassy of Lao PDR
                                                                                            New Delhi




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                                                                               Presented by
                                                                       Ms. Norani Ibrahim
                           Director, Corporate Services and International Section Economic
                                              Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department
                                                                                   Malaysia


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Nepal

Mr. Chairperson, Excellencies, Distinguished          with equity and HRD will also get high priority
Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,                      in the forthcoming periodic plan as well.

     First of all, I would like to congratulate you   Mr. Chairperson,
Mr. Chairperson for your election to the chair
in this 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting                The Colombo Plan has been playing
(CCM) of the Colombo Plan. On this occasion           significant roles in the human resource
I would also like to thank the Government of          development of Nepal and of this region. I, in
India for hosting the 42nd CCM of the Colombo         this occasion, would like to express our sincere
Plan in this capital city New Delhi of India and      appreciation to the Colombo Plan and other
express our sincere gratitude and appreciation        donor countries for their generous support in
to the people and Government of India for             the human resource development and other
cordial and warm hospitality extended to us and       important areas of socioeconomic development.
excellent arrangement made in organising this         Nepal has been benefiting from the training and
meeting.                                              Long-Term Scholarship programs organised by




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                                                      the Colombo Plan in collaboration with the host
Mr. Chairperson,                                      countries. However, it is necessary to focus on
                                                      the training and scholarship programmes on the
     It is a matter of great satisfaction and         special need of the member countries. Therefore,
pleasure for me and to our delegation to              we request to the Colombo Plan to organize
attend the 42nd CCM of the Colombo Plan in            trainings and workshops on fiscal federalism,
our neighbouring country India. We all know           devolution, conflict management, labour
that the Colombo Plan is making significant           management and employment promotion, food
contribution in the Aisa-Pacific region in the        security, disaster risk management, poverty
areas of human resource development (HRD)             reduction, environment management and
and in other areas. Actually human resource           climate change, and other emerging issues.
is very important in reducing the poverty and
improving the living standard of the general          Mr. Chairperson,
people. Therefore, we need to put a greater
effort in the human resource development. In               Nepal has entered into the new phase of
this respect the Colombo Plan has been playing        political development. We are presently in the
a very important role in this region of Asia and      phase of drafting a new Constitution for federal
Pacific. The growing youth population needs to        democratic Republic of Nepal. Moreover, we are
be provided with better skills and knowledge          in the process of socioeconomic transformation
about the new technology and emerging                 and restructuring of the state. In a situation
issues to make able to get better employment          of diversities in geographic, socioeconomic,
opportunities. The present plan of Nepal has          ethnic, linguistic and cultural terms, it is a very
also accorded a high priority to HRD for its          challenging task to adopt a suitable model of
future development and attaining high growth          federal structure for Nepal.


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     Nepal has been taken various measures             public private partnership in Nepal and other
for poverty reduction. One of these measures           countries of this region.
is employment creation through infrastructure
development. However, the single effort of the         Mr. Chairperson and Distinguished Delegates,
government will not be enough to achieve the
desired goal. Therefore, our government has                 It is indeed a great opportunity for us to
adopted public-private partnership as one of the       share our issues and concerns to other Colombo
implementation modalities of the development           Plan member countries. Finally, on behalf of my
programs and projects. In this context the             delegation, I would like to express our gratitude
experience of the Indian government in this area       to the Colombo Plan Secretariat for inviting
will be more helpful to us. Moreover, the special      us to attend this 42nd meeting of CCM of the
paper presented in this meeting will also be           Colombo Plan and also wish success of this
useful in designing appropriate policy regarding       meeting. Thank you.



                                                                                       Presented by
                                                                                Mr. Yuba Raj Pandey
                                                                                          Secretary
                                                            National Planning Commission Secretariat
                                                                                              Nepal




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The Philippines

Mme Chairperson, Excellencies, Distinguished          for Counter Narcotics Public Information
Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,                      (CNPI) Campaign in Afghanistan. Philippine
Good afternoon to you all.                            DDB personnel Baby Priscilla S. Herrera was
                                                      seconded as Volunteer Programme Officer for
     Allow me Mme. L. M. Vas to congratulate          CPDAP from 1 July 2009 - December 2009.
you as Alternate Chairperson of the 42nd
Consultative Committee Meeting of the                 Philippine Hosting of CPSC
Colombo Plan. I wish to thank the Government
of India for hosting this Meeting in this beautiful        Further, the Philippines contributes by
city of New Delhi and the CCM Organising              hosting the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC)
Committee for the excellent arrangements              for the past 22 years and wish to give credit
and facilities provided for the Meeting. I also       to CPSC for its admirable and outstanding
wish to express my deep appreciation for the          achievements to enhance technical and
warm welcome and hospitality accorded to              vocational training in member countries. CPSC
the Philippine delegation to make our stay            as an autonomous specialised body of Colombo
comfortable and enjoyable.                            Plan is not financially dependent on the




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                                                      Colombo Plan but raises its own operational and
The Philippines as Donor and Recipient                programme funds from voluntary contributions
                                                      of its member countries. Thus Colombo Plan
     The Philippines as a member country of           should take pride and continue to support CPSC
Colombo Plan is both a donor and a recipient.         as its specialised agency and training centre for
It contributes to the mandatory annual dues of        human resource development in Asia and the
$ 17,400 for the operation of the Colombo Plan        Pacific region.
Secretariat and a nominal amount of $ 5,000
as voluntary contribution to the Colombo Plan              The Philippines as host country to CPSC,
Drug Advisory Program (CPDAP), which is               and with CPSC at the helm of organising
generously and principally funded by the United       international fora in Manila, have hosted 4
States of America.                                    major international conferences in the last two
                                                      years. We also hosted joint activities of CPSC
     The Philippines is also co-proponent and         with other international organisations like the
provides resource persons to some programmes          EU, UNESCO, SEAMEO, InWent, and so on.
of the Colombo Plan. Let me cite the 3rd Asian        These spurred ideas and interest into action
Recovery Symposium and the 7th Asian Youth            in timely issues like skills development, ICT
Congress which the Philippines hosted in 2008         integration, public-private partnership in TVET
and 2009 respectively. The Philippines also           and Qualifications Framework for Quality
shared its expertise in the Workshop on Media         Assurance in TVET. All being relevant in the
Campaign Advocacy & Workshop on Drug                  TVET sector and aligned with global efforts in
Abuse Prevention for Youth, the 23rd IFNGO            human resource development.
World Conference, and the Meeting on the
Development of Trainers’ and Trainees Manual              CPSC’s dynamism has caught the interest


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and sealed cooperation of member countries, as         countries.
well as regional and international organisations,
to significantly look after Colombo Plan and                CPSC’s recent International Partnership
promote it as a hub of committed initiatives in        Award received from UNESCO-UNEVOC
technical education and training.                      gives us immense pleasure to have CPSC in
                                                       the Philippines & in the region to spell out real
     CPSC’s APACC (Asia Pacific Accreditation          commitment into high impact action.
& Certification Commission) for example,
created opportunities for raising the bar of                The Philippines believes that interagency
TVET institutions’ quality and responsiveness.         coordination and cooperation between CPSC
The Philippines is benefitting from this through       and CPS should be promoted to strengthen
the accreditation & certification of TESDA             their complementary roles in areas of common
TVET institutions, not to mention APACC’s              interest in the greater interest of planning
positive influence in TVET sector of other CP          prosperity together.


1. Collaborative Activities: Co-Hosting of Activities in Member Countries

               Event                            Date                Venue            Proponent
 3rd Asian Recovery Symposium          4-6 November 2008        Tagaytay City   CPDAP, DDB
                                                                                & AFTC (DDB
                                                                                – Secretariat /
                                                                                Documentation)

 Workshop on Media Campaign            22-25 February           Kabul,          CPDAP
 Advocacy & Workshop on Drug           2009                     Afghanistan     (Luningning Gotera
 Abuse Prevention for Youth                                                     & Teresita Pineda –
                                                                                Resource Speakers)
 23rd IFNGO World Conference           29 June-1 July 2009      Brunei          Colombo Plan
                                                                Darussalam      (Emma Pastorfide
                                                                                & Pamela Ponce
                                                                                de Leon Garcia –
                                                                                Resource Persons)
 7th Asian Youth Congress              8-16 November            Puerto          DDB, Colombo Plan
                                       2009                     Princesa,
                                                                Philippines
 Meeting on the Development of  15-22 December                  Colombo,        CPDAP
 Trainers’ and Trainees Manual  2009                            Sri Lanka       (Teresita Pineda &
 for Counter Narcotics Public                                                   Luningning Gotera –
 Information (CNPI) Campaign in                                                 Resource Speakers)
 Afghanistan




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Participation in Colombo Plan Training              and 2009, the Philippines was beneficiary of 15
Programmes                                          short term and long-term training programmes of
                                                    the Colombo Plan, from the Regional Training/
     As a recipient country, the Philippines        Workshop for Drug Abuse Prevention held in
benefits as participant to trainings and seminars   May 2008 to the recently concluded 2nd Colombo
offered by the Colombo Plan, particularly in        Plan Drug Advisory Program National Drug
its Drug Advisory Program (CPDAP). In 2008          Focal Point Meeting held last December 2009.

2. Participation in Colombo Plan Training Programmes

              Event                          Date              Venue             Proponent
 Regional Training/Workshop for      4-17 May 2008          Bangkok,        CPDAP
 Drug Abuse Prevention                                      Thailand
 First Meeting of CPDAP Drug         7-10 June 2008         Male,           CPDAP
 Focal Points Needs Assessment                              Maldives
 & Policy Development
 6th Asian Youth Congress on         4-7 August 2008        Nusa            CPDAP
 Drug Abuse Prevention                                      Dua, Bali,
                                                            Indonesia
 5th Training Course on Precursor    25-31 August 2008      Bangkok,        ONCB, Thailand and




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 & Chemical Control for ASEAN                               Thailand        CPDAP
 Narcotics Law Enforcement
 Officers
 Regional Training of Women          8-12 September         Chennai, India CPDAP
 Counsellors on Family Therapy       2008
 in Treatment & Rehabilitation
 Regional Training on                22-25 September        Hanoi,          CPDAP
 Development of Outreach/Drop-       2008                   Vietnam
 In Centres
 Training/Workshop on Enhancing      13-18 October 2008     Jakarta,        CPDAP
 Life Skills in Preventive Drug                             Indonesia
 Education
 7th Asian Federation of             10-12 November         Bangkok,        CPDAP
 Therapeutic Community (AFTC)        2008                   Thailand
 Conference
 2nd International Conference for    24-27 November         Kuala           CPDAP
 Islamic Scholars (ICIS)             2008                   Lumpur,
                                                            Malaysia
 The Study Visit on ATS              10-13 February         Bangkok,        Colombo Plan,
 Treatment in Thailand               2009                   Thailand        ONCB
 Regional Training Workshop for      13-24 July 2009        Bangkok,        CPDAP
 Drug Abuse Prevention                                      Thailand
 Focal Point Desk Officers           12-13 August 2009      Colombo,        CPDAP
 Meeting                                                    Sri Lanka


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              Event                            Date                Venue              Proponent
 10th Regional Training for           14-18 September          Chennai, India CPDAP
 Women Counsellors on Family          2009
 Therapy on Treatment and
 Rehabilitation
 Asian Recovery Symposium             9-12 November            Kuala             ONCB, Thailand and
                                      2009                     Lumpur,           CPDAP
                                                               Malaysia
 2nd Colombo Plan Drug          2-4 December 2009              Jakarta,          CPDAP
 Advisory Program National Drug                                Indonesia
 Focal Point Meeting

     The challenge facing the Colombo Plan is         savings of the Colombo Plan.
the increase in programme activities without
sufficient funding due to sharp decline in                 The Philippines remains committed to
voluntary contributions from donor countries.         South-South assistance cooperation scheme and
Currently, the USA is mainly funding the DAP          will continue to actively collaborate and work
and the administrative fee in such voluntary          with the Colombo Plan in its socioeconomic
contributions is being used to fund most other        development programmes and endeavours.
programmes. This puts the Colombo Plan in
a precarious financial condition by relying or             In closing I reiterate our sincere appreciation
being dependent on one country voluntary              and deep gratitude to India for graciously
contribution. Thus there is a need to source          hosting and providing excellent arrangements
funding from other donors and to prioritize the       for a fruitful meeting.
judicious use and management of the existing          Thank you all.



                                                                                        Presented by
                                                                  H.E. Ms. Zenaida Tacorda-Rabago
                                                                                        Ambassador
                                                           Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines
                                                                                         Bangladesh




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Singapore

Chairman, Excellencies and Friends from the       Programme coordinated by our Ministry of
Colombo Plan member countries,                    Foreign Affairs.

     We are happy to be here with all the              To date, Singapore and the Colombo
distinguished delegates at this Meeting. First    Plan have jointly trained a total of 465 senior
of all, we would like to express our deep         government officials from Colombo Plan
appreciation to India for hosting this 42nd       member countries in 25 capacity-building
Colombo Plan Consultative Committee Meeting       programmes. Since 1997 till now, we have been
and for the warm hospitality accorded to us.      conducting an average of two to four courses
                                                  per year.
    We thank the Colombo Plan Secretariat,
the Colombo Plan Staff College, and fellow            Under      the   Singapore      Cooperation
Colombo Plan member countries for the strong      Programme, Colombo Plan member countries
support and partnership over the years.           have also attended our other technical assistance
                                                  programmes beyond the umbrella of the
     We would also like to commend and thank      Colombo Plan. These include the Singapore




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the Secretary-General, Ms. Patricia Chia, for     Cooperation Programme Training Awards and
her able leadership in building up the Colombo    the various joint programmes that we conduct
Plan. I am confident that under her continued     with over 30 partners from the developed
leadership and the support of all member          countries and international organisations. Since
countries, the Colombo Plan will continue to do   1992, the Singapore Cooperation Programme
more for all of us.                               has provided training courses, workshops,
                                                  seminars and study visits to over 65,000
     Singapore joined the Colombo Plan            government officials from 169 countries. Of
in 1959. In our early years, we were very         these, more than 45,000 are government officials
fortunate to receive the goodwill and support     from the Colombo Plan member countries, who
of the Colombo Plan. In return, Singapore has,    have benefited from such programmes under the
as far back as 1961, been doing its share to      Singapore Cooperation Programme.
support and co-operate with fellow Colombo
Plan member countries. From 1961 to 2004,              As Singapore continues to carry out
Singapore provided technical assistance to        training programmes under the Singapore
Colombo Plan member countries through             Cooperation Programme for all developing
the Singapore Colombo Plan Training Award         countries, including Colombo Plan members,
Scheme. This framework was then discontinued      it will also directly support the excellent work
with the establishment of a new framework,        of the Colombo Plan by jointly conducting two
called the Singapore-Colombo Plan Third           to four courses each year with the Colombo
Country Training Programme (TCTP). With the       Plan Secretariat. For Financial Year 2008, we
formalisation of our collaboration in November    successfully conducted three courses in the
1996, our technical assistance is now being       fields of public governance, competition law
implemented under the Singapore Cooperation       and climate change. In Financial Year 2009,


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because of its relevance, we conducted a re-run        tenable at any of our three local universities. I
of the public governance course in September           am pleased to share that our inaugural Colombo
2009. Next month, we will organise a course            Plan post-graduate scholar, Mr Kiran Prasad
which addresses energy efficiency and carbon           Acharya from Nepal, has completed his Master
trading, a key training area identified during the     of IT in Business (Financial Services) studies
First Colombo Plan Focal Point Desk Officers           at the Singapore Management University in
Meeting last August.                                   December 2009.

    We have also been collaborating with the                As a young and small country with no
Colombo Plan Staff College on technical and            natural resources or a natural hinterland,
vocational education and training (TVET).              Singapore believes that human resource
For example, we jointly conducted a course on          development is vital for progress. And as a
Innovative Concepts for TVET development in            member of the Colombo Plan, we will continue
November 2009. The course was well-received            to share our developmental experiences
and attended by 21 senior and top education            and conduct training programmes with the
government officials from Colombo Plan                 objective of enhancing the economic and social
member countries.                                      advancement of the Colombo Plan family. We
                                                       look forward to continue working closely with
     At the 41st CCM in August 2008,                   all fellow Colombo Plan member countries to
Singapore agreed to sponsor two post-graduate          achieve this objective.
Master scholarships each year for government
officials of Colombo Plan member countries,            Thank you.



                                                                                         Presented by
                                                                                    Mr. Gabriel Liow
                                                                                    Assistant Director
                                                                    Technical Co-operation Directorate
                                                                           Ministry of Foreign Affairs
                                                                                            Singapore




120    Proceedings and Conclusions of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting
Sri Lanka

     At the very outset, I would like to thank the   Programmes. Out of these programmes, about
officials at the 42nd Colombo Plan Consultative      8% are Long-Term programmes leading to
Committee Meeting hold in India for giving           the Postgraduate Diplomas. Most of these
me this splendid opportunity to deliver my           programmes are offered by the Govt. of
presentation on behalf of the delegation of the      Japan, Government of Korea, India, Sweden,
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.          Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Commonwealth,
                                                     Singapore, China, The Netherlands, Germany,
     Unlike other member countries of the            and other non-member countries and regional
Colombo Plan, the name of Sri Lanka is most          international organisations are continuously
popular on its role and collaborative activities.    support to the Govt. of Sri Lanka by providing
For better understanding it is my duty for           their Technical Assistance.
briefing its history. At the meeting held in 1950
in Colombo, representing the Senior Ministers            Ladies & Gentlemen, on behalf of my
of Independent Asian Nations, two proposals          delegation, I take this opportunity to thank for
came out from Sri Lanka and Australia to             these donor countries and donor agencies for
provide financial and technical Assistance to the    Providing Technical Assistance to Sri Lanka




                                                                                                         A N N E X XI
Developing Countries of the region. These two        and at the same time, I kindly request them to
proposals were combined into one resolution          continue their fullest cooperation in the future
called Colombo Plan and it was established on        as well.
the 1st of July, 1951 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
                                                          Madam Chair, coming to the point in
     Since the inception of the Colombo Plan,        presentation on it’s role and collaborative
Sri Lanka has been working closely with the          activities in Sri Lanka, I should greatly
Colombo Plan to develop human resources in           appreciate the Colombo plan for providing
the Asia and the Pacific region. The Department      technical assistance mainly in three ways as
of External Resources of the Ministry of Finance     long-term trainings, short-term trainings and in-
and Planning in Sri Lanka is the designated          country training opportunities to Sri Lanka.
National Point of contact (POC) for the Colombo
Plan Secretariat as well as the permanent                 It is noted that from the year 1995 to end
member of the Colombo Plan Council. As               of July 2008, Colombo Plan has given 9,490
the National Focal Point, the Department of          training placements to 22 member countries.
External Resources is administering of all           Out of these, Sri Lanka received 907 placements
Foreign Training Opportunities (FTO) offered         for 145 participants underwent training on the
by the Multilateral and Bilateral donors for         programme for public Administration. 25 out
human resource Development under the                 907 were on the Environmental Programme. 123
Technical Cooperation.                               out of 907 on the Public Sector Development
                                                     and large number of participants which are
    At present, the government of Sri Lanka          605 out of 907 attended the Drug Advisory
receives about 870 foreign training opportunities    Programme. During this period, we were able
annually both Long-Term and Short-Term               to obtain 11 Long-Term Fellowships out of 62


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of total fellowships given by Colombo Plan             the Colombo Plan.
through 15 programmes.
                                                            In the previous years, we had in-country
     Madam Chair, I proud to say that in the           training funded by the Colombo Plan and in
ranking order, Sri Lanka is in the number one          June 2008 we had a training programme on
out of 15 countries for the long-term training. In     Entrepreneurship Development in Colombo,
general, Sri Lanka is the 4th place by obtaining       with participants from 12 foreign countries. Mr.
907 placements out of 9,490 total placements           Chairman, we informally discussed among us to
given by the Colombo Plan, for 22 countries. At        promote in-country training in the future, with
the same time, I must point out that Sri Lanka         the guidelines of the Colombo Plan.
obtained the 1st place by ranking with other
beneficiaries for PPSD, Environmental and PPA               Last but not least, on behalf of my
Sector Programmes up to the end of July 2008.          delegation I must thank the officials of the
                                                       Colombo Plan Staff College based in Manila for
    Ladies and Gentlemen, at this juncture,            enhancing the growth and the development of
I must remind the countries of Korea, India,           the Technical Education Systems in developing
Thailand, and Malaysia for giving training             member countries.
opportunities with the collaboration of Colombo
Plan, especially India for giving the slots under      Thank you.



                                                                                          Presented by
                                                                           Mr. Ariyasena Sooriyagoda
                                                                Director/Technical Assistance Division
                                                                      Department of Economic Affairs
                                                                     Ministry of Finance and Planning
                                                                                             Sri Lanka




122    Proceedings and Conclusions of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting
Thailand

Mr. Chairman,                                        tailor-made training programmes which require
                                                     the identification and design of special courses
    Thai delegation would like to thank the          in response to the need of cooperating partners.
Colombo Plan Secretariat for including this
item in the agenda to provide opportunity for             Thailand’s bilateral programme are mainly
member countries to share experiences with           direct to neighbouring countries but it also has
each other on technical cooperation.                 been expanded to cover other regions with
                                                     priority given to Southeast Asia, South Asia
     As a development partner, Thailand aims         and Africa. This bilateral programme in 2008
to extend support to other developing countries’     amounted to US$ 6.70 million and about 1,166
efforts to achieve sustainable development           trainees attended the programmes.
in the process of their economic and social
development. We are aware of the importance          2. Annual International Training Courses
of involvement and ownership of her partner          (AITC) and Thailand International Post-
countries in the development cooperation, as         graduate Programme (TIPP)
they are crucial to the success and sustainability




                                                                                                        A N N E X XI
of the cooperation. Full participation of partner         Thailand   International  Development
countries avails Thailand the opportunity to         Cooperation Agency (TICA) has developed
sense their real needs to match the Thai capacity    a wide range of training programmes under
which in the long-term can ensure an effective       the Annual International Training Courses
development cooperation.                             (AITC), one of the main modalities of the
                                                     Thai International Cooperation Programme
     The Government of Thailand has utilized         (TICP). The AITC is organised annually, with
the Thai International Cooperation Programme         fellowships awarded by the Government of
(TICP) as a broad mechanism in extending             Thailand.
cooperation to other developing countries. The
TICP consists of the following programmes:                The Thai International Postgraduate
                                                     Programme (TIPP) is designed for outstanding
1. Bilateral Programme                               students to study in Thailand. An important
                                                     aspect of the programme is its focus on
    Based upon Thailand’s capacity and               enhancing educational standards in the Asian
resources, as well as the needs of the respective    region while helping to improve cross-cultural
partners, projects are designed after close          understanding and relationships between
consultation with our partner countries to ensure    Thailand and its development partners. Courses
mutual benefits to both parties. This programme      included in the programme have been chosen
addresses basic areas of cooperation particularly    to reflect the needs of Thailand’s development
on education, health, and agriculture. Activities    counterparts.
organised under the programme include training,
dispatch of Thai experts, and volunteers and              The both programmes are fully funded
provision of equipment. This also includes           fellowships awarded by the Government of


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Thailand for participants more than 50 countries,      5. Trilateral Cooperation Programme
including applicants from the Colombo Plan
Member Countries and other countries in Asian               This programme demonstrates the spirit
region, Pacific, Africa and etc.                       of partnership between Thailand and her
                                                       development partners to provide development
     In 2008, the Government of Thailand               cooperation, such as training courses, study
organised a series of Group Training and Post-         visit, and sub-regional programmes for third
graduate courses, which were implemented               countries on a cost-sharing basis. During
by Thailand’s best academic and technical              2008, Thailand allocated budget in the amount
institutions, in a variety of development fields       US$ 0.71 million for 434 trainees undergoing
where Thailand has strengths and capacity.             training in Thailand.
The total amount of such programmes was
approximately US$ 2.93 million for 720 trainees            Trilateral cooperation programme reflects
from developing countries.                             Thailand’s commitment as a development
                                                       partner and response to real needs of partner
3. Technical Cooperation among Developing              countries. Currently, Thailand has cooperated
Countries (TCDC)                                       with several development partners, such as
                                                       Japan, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, Colombo
     The objective of this programme is to             Plan, France and Germany to share resources
promote partnership for development among              and experiences under the joint cooperation
developing countries under the cost-sharing            modality arrangement to assist other developing
basis between partner countries. Specifically,         countries.
the participating country is responsible for
international travel costs whereas the host                 Besides the above-mentioned development
country absorbs all local costs. In 2008,              cooperation, Thailand also initiated Regional
Thailand supported local costs in the amount           and Sub-regional Cooperation Frameworks, such
of US$ 0.15 million for 46 trainees to take up         as the ACMECS (Ayeyawadi–Chao Phraya-
courses in Thailand.                                   Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy)
                                                       BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-
4. Third Country Training Programme
                                                       Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation)
(TCTP)
                                                       and IMT-GT (Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand
                                                       Growth Triangle) to promote development and
     The Government of Thailand organises
                                                       cooperation among Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar,
training programmes or study visits in Thailand
                                                       Vietnam Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal,
for participants from other developing countries
                                                       Bhutan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand and
who are sponsored by international organisations
                                                       most of the partner countries are Colombo Plan
or donor countries. The Thai agencies concerned
                                                       member countries. Under such Co-operation,
play the role of programme arrangements while
                                                       Thailand has been designated as a core agency
the sponsoring agencies absorb the programme
                                                       for the Human Resource Development theme
costs. In the year of 2008, Thailand arranged the
                                                       which is aimed to enhance capacity building
programmes for 12 trainees, the cost of which
                                                       of the people and institutions in the member
was approximately US$ 0.022.
                                                       countries. In 2008, Thailand supported the




124    Proceedings and Conclusions of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting
cost in the amount of US$ 0.88 million for 277     Programme under voluntary contribution basis.
trainees to train in Thailand.                     To meet the programme’s primary objective
                                                   of Human Resource Development of member
     Regarding      the     joint    cooperation   countries, Thailand and Colombo Plan
programmes between the Thai Government             Secretariat have jointly trained and organised
and the Colombo Plan, Thai Government              the conferences to support capacity building for
contributed 30 million Bath (US$ .909 million)     officials from Colombo Plan member countries
to supported short term training programme         in Thailand.
on Environment and Thai Government also
supported Long-Term Scholarships Programme         Mr. Chairman,
to train selected participants from developing
member countries of the Colombo Plan, both              Under the joint cooperation programme
programmes were established in October 2005        between Thailand and Colombo Plan Secretariat
with the co-funding of the two parties for         on cost-sharing basis in training courses on
the period of 2005-2007. In 2008 and 2009,         Environment programme, we would like to
Thailand supported and hosted for short-term       inform that, due to the severe budget constraint
training courses on cost-sharing basis with the    for the year 2010, Thailand, therefore, has
Colombo Plan Secretariat for participants from     suspended the above programme. We hope
member countries of the Colombo Plan to attend     that in the year of 2011 the programme on
training courses in Thailand on Air Pollution      Environment with the Colombo Plan Secretariat




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Management, Environmental Health with the          will be reactivated. Nevertheless, in 2010, the
Emphasis on Food Security and Industrial           Colombo Plan member countries could apply
Ecology and Environment. Thailand also gave        scholarships from Thailand through the Bilateral
fully funded for 25 training courses under Long-   Programme in term of Annual International
Term Scholarships Programme, the programme         Training Courses, Thailand International Post-
covers various fields conducted in different       graduate Programme, and other Cooperation
universities, and our support also went to the     Frameworks.
Drug Advisory Programme. Thailand continues
to give US$ 10,000 to support the Drug Advisory    Thank you.



                                                                                   Presented by
                                                                        Ms. Suchada Thaibuntha
                                                                        Deputy Director-General
                                                            Thailand International Development
                                                                            Cooperation Agency
                                                                                       Thailand




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United States of America


Background                                             supports a public awareness campaign on the
                                                       dangers of drug production, trafficking, and
     The U.S. Department of State, Bureau for          abuse. [Total funding = $11,113,814]
International Narcotics and Law Enforcement
Affairs (INL), will contribute US$ 12,273,814          Individual Projects:
to the Colombo Plan’s Drug Advisory
Programme (DAP) for the year 2009-2010.                     Twelve      Combination       Residential/
This contribution includes US$ 11,113,814 for          Outpatient Drug Treatment Centres operated by
Afghanistan as follows: drug prevention and            NGOs – Twelve centres will provide residential
treatment initiatives (US$ 8,722,676) and the          treatment for men and outpatient services for
counter-narcotics public awareness campaign            women in the following provinces: Khost
(CNPI) project (US$ 2,391,138). The U.S.               (20-bed), Takhar (40-bed), Wardak (20-bed),
contribution also includes US$ 1,160,000               Bamyan (20-bed), Daykundi (one, 20-bed and
for regional drug prevention and treatment             one 10-bed center), Kabul (one, 40-bed and one
initiatives in Southeast and Southwest Asia.           20-bed center), Badakhshan (20-bed), Kandahar
                                                       (20-bed), Helmand (20-bed), and Paktia (20-
Project Overview: Afghanistan                          bed).

     U.S. Government contributions will enable             Six Residential/Outpatient Drug Treatment
The Colombo Plan to administer twenty-six              Centres for Women – Three centres will continue
substance abuse treatment programmes; school-          to provide residential treatment and outpatient
based prevention programmes in Kabul and               services for women in the following provinces:
selected provinces; facilitate study tours to the      Kabul (20-bed), Balkh (20-bed), and Herat
U.S. for Afghan women addictions counsellors;          (20-bed). Three additional 20-bed facilities
manage 15 mosque-based outreach/aftercare              for women will be added in Badakhshan,
centres; and provide project oversight,                Nangarhar, and Farah provinces.
monitoring, and expert consultants. The Afghan
demand reduction programme is designed                      Six Treatment Add-on Centres for
to produce long-term, outcome measures                 Children–The dedicated 15-bed treatment and
including reductions in drug use/relapse rates,        rehabilitation add-on facilities that provide
reductions in criminal activity/recidivism             services to children of women in the Kabul,
rates, and reductions in high-risk behavioural         Balkh, and Herat residential centres will be
activities such as intravenous drug use. An            continued, in addition to add-on children’s
on-going science-based outcome evaluation is           facilities for the three new women’s centres in
being funded separately to determine whether or        Badakhshan, Nangarhar, and Farah.
not these objectives are being met. In addition,
programme short-term objectives include                     Two New Residential/Aftercare Drug
strengthening the capacity and clinical skills of      Treatment Centres for Adolescents-Two new
existing drug treatment centres. Funding also          facilities for adolescents ages 7-17 will be


126    Proceedings and Conclusions of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting
created in Herat and Jowzjan provinces. These       for recovering drug addicts (NA/AA), peer/
50-bed facilities will provide an intensive six-    family support group meeting facilities for
month treatment regimen, including vocational       recovering persons, relapse prevention services,
rehabilitation/job training services, followed-up   and basic drug information to schools and
by six months of aftercare services.                community members.

     Mentoring Programme for Afghan Women                Technical Assistance-On-site Consultations
Addictions Counsellors – Due to the complexity      - Providing on-site consultation is the most
of women and children’s treatment, Afghan           commonly utilized form of technical assistance
women addictions counsellors will continue          (TA). In this case, a TA provider meets with the
to receive off-site mentoring and technical         recipient programme on-site to give focused, in-
assistance at similar facilities in the United      depth help with a predefined, clearly articulated,
States via three, 1-month study tours. Staff        site-specific problem. The Colombo Plan will
members from the residential women’s drug           continue to identify substance abuse treatment
treatment centres in Herat, Kabul, Balkh,           experts to provide focused, in-depth assistance
Badakhshan, Nangarhar, and Farah provinces          to selected Afghan treatment programmes and to
will be provided this mentoring.                    provide successful solutions or “best practices”




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                                                    to participants attending Colombo Plan national
     School-based Drug Prevention Programme         trainings/forums in Kabul.
Development-Colombo Plan will expand their
pilot school-based drug prevention programme             Treatment/Prevention Coordination Team-
in Kabul to other provinces, including schools      Treatment/prevention experts will be based
for girls. The Life Skills prevention model will    in Afghanistan and funded by the Colombo
be utilized, having been successfully piloted       Plan to monitor the implementation and
in Kabul. This is a science-based elementary/       administration of the 26 drug treatment centres
middle school programme designed to address         and prevention programmes identified above.
a wide range of risk and protective factors         Funding will cover staff salaries; a vehicle
by teaching social skills in combination with       and related maintenance; furniture (desks);
drug resistance, decision-making, and conflict      computers; printer; stationary; two progress
resolution skills, guiding youth toward healthy     review meetings in Kabul and one regional
choices and a drug and violence-free lifestyle.     stakeholders meeting per year with Colombo
                                                    Plan staff, Ministries of Counter-Narcotics and
     Mosque-based Outreach/Aftercare Centres        Public Health staff, NAS, and INL.
– Colombo Plan will continue support for
fifteen (15) mosque-based centres. Funding              Counter Narcotics Public Information
will also be dedicated for advanced training for    (CNPI) Campaign–The Counter Narcotics Public
mullahs operating these centres. The mosque-        Information (CNPI) campaign, conducted by
based centres provide a myriad of community-        Colombo Plan in collaboration with the Ministry
based services: shelter and crisis intervention     of Counter Narcotics (MCN) of Afghanistan
for destitute drug addicts, individual and group    and funded by INL, is a public information and
counselling for drug addicts, aftercare services    awareness campaign indirectly targeting the


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general public as a whole and directly targeting       of the CNPI campaign is to combine these
the farmers in Afghanistan. The programme              three separate seasonal campaigns into one
aims to curb narcotics production and trafficking      continuous Public Information effort, with
which are the single greatest challenges to            targeted messages during the different seasons.
the long-term security, development, and               In addition to providing staff in the MCN and
effective governance of Afghanistan. The               in each of the major poppy provinces, Colombo
CNPI campaign has three seasons-Pre-planting           Plan provides mentoring and training to MCN
(June-August), Planting (August-November),             Public Information staff and will be involved in
and Eradication (November-May). The goal               training provincial MCN directorate staff.



                                                                                         Presented by
                                                                          Mr. Kenneth A. Kero-Mentz
                                                              Embassy of the United States of America
                                                                                            Sri Lanka




128    Proceedings and Conclusions of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting
Vietnam


Hon’ble Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Finance               professional knowledge and skills, have made
Minister of India, Hon’ble Dato’ Patricia Yoon-      active contributions to the national construction
Moi Chia, Secretary-General, the Colombo Plan,       and development, as well as social safety in
Hon’ble Mr. Alok Sheel, Secretary General of         Vietnam.
the 42nd CCM, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear
friends,                                                  Vietnam is among the member countries that
                                                     have made full and on-time annual membership
     It is a great honour and pleasure for me to     fee to the Colombo Plan Secretariat.
attend, on behalf of the Vietnamese Government,
this important Meeting of the 42nd Colombo                Since June 2009, Vietnam has actively
Plan Consultative Committee, held in New             participated in the Executing agency of the
Delhi, the beautiful capital of great India.         Colombo Plan by successfully nominating Mr.
                                                     Nguyen Cuu Duc to the post of the Director
     As you are aware, Vietnam participated          of Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme
as a provisional member of the Colombo Plan          (CPDAP), reflecting our willingness to promote




                                                                                                         A N N E X XI
in 2001 and became her official member in            closer cooperation with the Colombo Plan.
November 2003. For the past years, Vietnam has       I avail myself of this opportunity to inform
actively participated in various activities of the   you that Vietnam is prepared to co-host “The
Colombo Plan, especially the 39th, 40th and 41st     Regional Workshop on Best Practices on
meetings of the Consultative Committee as well       Drug Prevention”, in July 2010, in Ho Chi
as other meetings of the Colombo Plan Council,       Minh City; and is positively considering to co-
aimed at identifying issues relating to regional     host “The 2nd Colombo Plan Desk Officers
economic development and the working of the          Meeting”, in December 2010, in Hanoi. The
Plan, and recommending necessary measures to         Standing Office on Drugs and Crime of Vietnam
the Consultative Committee.                          (SODC), the National Drug Focal Point is
                                                     assigned to collaborate with the CPDAP in
     Vietnam has nominated officials to              organising these 2 events. As a matter of fact,
participate in the training courses in all four      in September 2008, the SODC and the CPDAP
programmes of the Colombo Plan, especially           successfully organised a regional workshop on
in Public administrative management, Crisis          the Development of Out-reach/Drop-in Centres
management,       International    negotiation,      in Hanoi.
Strategic analyses, Air pollution, Gene-
based techniques, SME development, Drug                   Vietnam is willing to send experts
prevention. Since being a member country, 271        and lecturers to be resource persons of the
Vietnamese officials have benefited from short-      Colombo Plan training programmes. Beside
term courses and 7 officials attended Master         the recommendations which have been made
Degree programmes of the Colombo Plan.               during the development of the Colombo Plan’s
The courses have left deep impression on the         Strategic Vision 2025, particularly in training
participants who, being equipped with enriched       needs, Vietnam deems it necessary to gradually


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increase the number of Long-Term Scholarships           to thank the Colombo Plan Secretariat and
to member countries in the year to come.                other relevant agencies for your hard work and
                                                        contributions, making the Colombo Plan more
    It is also recommended that the Colombo             effective and efficient and the Government
Plan Secretariat and member states consider the         of India for the excellent arrangements and
implementation of specific projects in member           generous hospitality.
countries. This though may require a higher
expenditure, the outcomes would be large and                I wish the Meeting great success and wish
more effective.                                         you all good health and all the best.

      Finally, I would like to take this opportunity    Thank you.



                                                                                             Presented by
                                                                                 H.E. Mr. Vu Quang Diem
                                                                                             Ambassador
                                                                                      Embassy of Vietnam
                                                                                               New Delhi




130     Proceedings and Conclusions of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting
Closing Statement of Ms. L. M. Vas, Additional Secretary, Ministry
of Finance, Government of India as Alternate Chairperson of the
42nd Consultative Committee Meeting of the Colombo Plan


    The 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting        towards the socioeconomic development of the
of the Colombo Plan was inaugurated by             Asia-Pacific region through its many training
the Hon’ble Finance Minister, Mr. Pranab           programmes and activities.
Mukherjee on 10th February, 2010 at 10.30
a.m. Meeting evoked huge response as record             The   Committee       considered   and
number of delegates from 24 member countries,      unanimously approved the Annual Reports of
8 Non-member countries and 3 Organisations as      the Colombo Plan for 2007/2008 & 2008/2009.
observers participated in the meeting.
                                                       The Secretary General of the Colombo Plan
     In his welcoming address, the Finance         presented a briefing on the Annual Work Plan
Minister of India emphasized that as a founder     2010 for the consideration of the meeting which
member, India had always taken a lead to promote   was earlier discussed in the Colombo Plan
the cause of collective self-reliance among the    Council Meeting on 20th January 2010, was
Colombo Plan member countries and would            endorsed with consensus.




                                                                                                         A N N E X XII
continue to extend its whole-hearted support to
the organisation. To mark the occasion of the           Report and Recommendations of the
Diamond Jubilee Year of the conceptualisation      First Meeting of the Colombo Plan Advisory
of the Colombo Plan, Hon’ble Finance Minister      Committee of Eminent Persons was approved
of India also launched the Colombo Plan Coffee     ‘in-principle’ by the Consultative Committee
Table Book titled ‘A Legacy of Excellence: The     along with the comments communicated by
Story of the Colombo Plan’. He commended           various members and desired further studies on
the efforts of Dato’ Patricia Yoon-Moi Chia,       specific recommendations.
Secretary-General of the Colombo Plan, for the
excellent work done by her and her team for             During the Pledge Session, India
bringing out this excellent reference document.    highlighted the need for assimilating various
                                                   initiative both at bilateral and multilateral under
     I am grateful to this august gathering for    one umbrella. India also announced that the
electing H.E. Mr. Ashok Chawla, Finance            number of training slots would be increased
Secretary Government of India and me               from 60 to 90 under the India Millennium
unanimously as Chairperson and Alternate           Development Scheme taking the total number
Chairperson respectively.                          of slots to 500 for the Colombo Plan member
                                                   countries. India announced its intention to
     The Head of the delegation from Indonesia,    enhance the number of Colombo Plan lecturers
Mr. Ronald Y. P. Manik was unanimously             on deputation to various institutes in Bhutan
elected as the Deputy Chairperson.                 from 13 to 30 from the next financial year. India
                                                   also offered to work with the Colombo Plan
    The delegates appreciated the role of the      Secretariat and Indian financial regulators and
Colombo Plan Secretariat for its contributions     their institutes in designing suitable modules


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with a view to capacity building in specific            •    Islamic Republic of Iran
areas related to financial market management            •    Japan
and regulation with Member countries.                   •    Republic of Korea
                                                        •    Lao PDR
     The United States pledged a total of US$           •    Malaysia
12 million for the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory           •    Maldives
Programme, strengthen institutional capacities          •    Myanmar
of the member states in the area of drug demand         •    Nepal
reduction, prevention and treatment.                    •    Pakistan
                                                        •    Papua New Guinea
     A detailed presentation was made by Mr.            •    Philippines
Govind Mohan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of              •    Singapore
Finance, Government of India on the theme               •    Sri Lanka
‘Public-Private Partnership – Indian Experience         •    Thailand
in Structuring, Implementation and Financing’.          •    USA
                                                        •    Vietnam
    On behalf of their respective countries/
Organisation, the delegates from the following               I would, in concluding, like to express my
countries/Organisation made country presentations       sincere thanks to the distinguished delegates
with regard to their on-going co-operation with         and observers for the excellent contributions
the Colombo Plan and their plans for future co-         made by them for the successful conclusion of
operation with the Colombo Plan:                        the deliberations.

•     Afghanistan                                            I also thank the Secretary-General of the
•     Australia                                         Colombo Plan Secretariat and the Secretary-
•     Bangladesh                                        General of the 42nd CCM and their respective
•     Bhutan                                            staff for facilitating all the arrangements made
•     Brunei Darussalam                                 for the smooth conduct of the Meeting.
•     Economic Cooperation Development
•     Fiji                                                  I would, now, like to invite the Deputy
•     Indonesia                                         Chairperson to also make a few concluding remarks.




132     Proceedings and Conclusions of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting
Vote of Thanks by Mr. Ronald Y. P. Manik, the Deputy Chairman
of the 42nd Consultative Committee Meeting of the Colombo Plan

Madam Chairperson,                                   Madam Chairperson,
Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies            Let me also take this opportunity to express
and Gentlemen,                                       appreciation to the Secretary General of the
                                                     42nd CCM, Dr. Alok Sheel; the President of the
    It is a great honour for me to convey, on        Colombo Plan Council, Her Excellency Patricia
behalf of distinguished delegates and observers,     A. Butenis; and all those who made valuable
a vote of thanks to the Ministry of Finance          contribution to the success of this meeting. I
of India, the host of the 42nd Colombo Plan          recognise that the success of the 42nd CCM
Consultative Committee Meeting.                      could only be possible through their positive
                                                     contribution and valuable experience.
    Through you, Madam Chairperson, we
would like to express our deepest gratitude and           I highly commend the Secretary General
sincere appreciation to the Government and           of the Colombo Plan, Dato Patricia Yoon-Moi
People of India for hosting this meeting. We         Chia, and all staff members for their hard work
thank the host for the excellent arrangement         and dedication, in cooperation with the Ministry




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made for this meeting and for the gracious           of Finance, to make the 42nd CCM a memorable
hospitality extended to all of us since we arrived   event. I am confident that under her leadership
here in the beautiful city of New Delhi.             and with the support of member countries,
                                                     the Colombo Plan will be more effective and
     I must say that under your wise guidance        efficient in the years to come.
and vast experience, our two-day meeting
has managed to assess how far we have gone           Madam Chairperson,
in fulfilling the aims and objectives of our              As it has been stated by my colleague in her
organisation, as well as to seek new ideas and       presentation, the Government of the Republic of
right measures for our cooperation to move           Indonesia will host the 43rd CCM in 2012. This
forward. The release of Compendium titled:           meeting will be the third CCM in Indonesia,
“The Colombo Plan: 60 years of Excellence”           after the first one in 1959 and the second in 1980.
reflects the relevance of the Colombo Plan in        It is indeed an honour for Indonesia to have
meeting the needs of member countries and in         this opportunity and therefore allow me at this
responding to the changing global challenges.        occasion to invite all delegates and observers
                                                     to attend the 43 rd CCM in Indonesia in 2012.
     It is our hope that our continuing efforts,     As to the date and venue of the meeting, the
including the recommendations of the                 Government of Indonesia will inform in due
Advisory Committee of Eminent Persons,               course through the Colombo Plan Secretariat.
could strengthen the Colombo Plan and the
Colombo Plan could and should do more. I call             To conclude, I thank all delegates and
on member countries to give their full support       observers for their active participation and
to finalize those recommendations that have not      wish the Colombo Plan success in the future
been adopted by consensus.                           activities. I thank you.



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