Taking up its policy making role, the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) Governing Board held its 103rd meeting on June 22, 2017 in CPSC, Manila. The Chairperson of the Board, H.E. Aruni Ranaraja of the Embassy of Sri Lanka, managed the meeting along with the Vice Chairperson, H.E. Thanatip Upatising of the Royal Thai Embassy. Other members and representatives present in the meeting included the Ambassadors of Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan and Singapore along with the Charge d’ Affaires of the Embassy of India, the Director General of CPSC, and other officials coming from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Office of the United Nations and International Organizations, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA-UNIO), Embassies of Thailand, Singapore and Sri Lanka.
Aside from the adoption of the Minutes of the 102nd meeting and updates on the summary of business arising, the Board discussed the following agenda items: Report of CPSC Activities and Financial Status (Annual Report for 2016-2017), Screening and Selection of Governing Board-Engaged Faculty Consultant, Operational Plan V and Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018, Honorary Membership Application of National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia, Selection of External Auditor and Updates on the CPSC Staff Norms and Conditions of Service.
The Board took note of the accomplishments of CPSC for fiscal year 2016-2017 with Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane as the new Director General. The Board commended CPSC for reaching out to new partners and creating innovative ways in bringing in partners that would also promote CPSC to greater heights.
The meeting also served as the Election and Turn-over Ceremony of the Governing Board Leadership. Per the norms, CPSC elects the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Board on rotational basis, following alphabetical order of countries represented. Before turning over the Chairpersonship to the Ambassador of Thailand H.E. Thanatip Upatising, the outgoing Chairperson and Ambassador of Sri Lanka H.E. Aruni Ranaja thanked all the members of the Board for the support and cooperation. H.E. Thanatip Upatising, on the other hand, looked forward to working closely with the CPSC Secretariat in order to realize the goals of the organization. Meanwhile, the Ambassador of Bangladesh H.E. Asad Alam Siam took over as Vice Chairperson of the Board for fiscal year 2017-2018.
All the agenda items presented were disposed. The 104th GB session was scheduled on January 25, 2018.