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Media Release

Fiji to host Colombo Plan committee meeting in 2016

12/09/2014

Kathmandu- Fiji will be hosting the 45th Colombo Plan Consultative Committee Meeting (CCM) in 2016 for the first time since it became member of the Colombo Plan Secretariat in 1972. 

After successful negotiations at the recent  committee meeting in Kathmandu,  Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Amena Yauvoli, was  appointed as Deputy Chairperson of the meeting. 

 

Since Fiji will assume Chair for the 2016 meeting, Mr. Yauvoli proposed that the functions of the Colombo Plan is reviewed to identify the specific needs of the member countries, including areas such as Climate Change, Disaster Management and collaboration with other regional organizations. 

 

He informed the member countries that smaller island nations in the Pacific region are invited to join the Colombo Plan Secretariat at a reduced annual membership fee. 

 

Fiji’s position to host the eminent meeting was further strengthened when the United States of America proposed Fiji to the 27- member countries.  

 

Papua New Guinea’s High Commissioner to India His Excellency Tarcisius Eri seconded USA’s nomination. 

 

Fiji’s High Commissioner to India and Non-Resident Ambassador to Nepal High Commissioner Yogesh Karan, who attended the meeting with Mr Yauvoli said that Fiji has been negotiating to host the meeting since 2012 and had presented Fiji’s interest at the 43rd committee meeting in Manado, Indonesia.

 

Speaking at the 44th meeting held in Kathmandu this week, Mr. Yauvoli said that, “Fiji is very privileged to host the 2016 biennial meeting in the Pacific where other Pacific Island countries would be invited to join the Colombo Plan Secretariat”. 

 

He further said that given the opportunity to host the next meeting, Fiji would be able to review economic and social progress within the region.

 

The Colombo Plan is one of the oldest regional inter-governmental organizations, established in 1950 to enhance economic and social development of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including non-Commonwealth countries and countries belonging to regional groupings such as ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) and SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation). 

 

The Colombo Plan is a partnership concept of self-help and mutual-help in development aimed at socio-economic progress of its member countries.

 

The current programs of the Colombo Plan are in the areas of public policy formulation in an environment of globalisation and market economy, private sector development as a prime mover for growth and in drug abuse and prevention in member countries. The Colombo Plan also provides skill development opportunities for technicians in middle level through another of its programs the Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education located in Manila and long-term scholarships.

 

During his visit to Nepal, Mr. Yauvoli also had the opportunity to brief the top bureaucrats, diplomats and private sector organizations on Fiji’s economic progression and on the upcoming democratic elections .

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