The Colombo Plan's policy making body, which convenes biennially, gathered once again for the 45th Consultative Committee Meeting (CCM) in Suva, Fiji from September 28 to 30, 2016. The Government of the Republic of Fiji, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, hosted this year's session at the Grand Pacific Hotel with an estimated total of 100 delegates coming from the different member countries of Colombo Plan.
The Heads of Delegation convened for an informal pre-conference meeting on September 28, to discuss pre-conference agenda such as review and confirmation of draft CCM agenda; orientation on schedule and logistics; election of Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson; confirmation of members of the Reception Committee; and decision on the Drafting Committee.
On September 29, Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreque Bainimarama, graced the inaugural session as Chief Guest. Prior to the Prime Minister's inaugural address, the host government and President of the Colombo Plan Council each had an opportunity to deliver messages.
The new CPSC Director General Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, along with Former Acting Director General and CPSC Faculty Consultant, Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, was in attendance to present the Staff College's Biennial Report covering the following periods, FY2013-2014 and FY2014-2015 in the afternoon session.
While in Fiji, the DG took the opportunity to pay a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts (MEHA) and meet the CPSC Liaison Officer for Fiji, MEHA Permanent Secretary Mr. Iowane P. Tiko, together with the Technology and Employment Skills Training Director, Ms. Alumeci S. Tuisawan. The visit allowed the new CPSC DG to be familiar with CPSC's counterparts in the country. He also discussed his plans towards successful conduct of CPSC In-Country Programs for them to fully realize benefits from the College's services. The DG acknowledged Fiji's contribution in shaping an improved TVET system in the Asia-Pacific region.
They also visited the Technical College of Fiji, Nabua Sanatan Campus led by the Acting Director Mr. David B. Wedlock. After meeting officials of the college, they were also toured around the campus and provided a glimpse of the college's training facilities.