The Colombo Plan Staff College’s (CPSC) Director General Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub attended the 43rd Colombo Plan (CP) Consultative Committee Meeting from October 11–12, 2012 at the Novotel Grand Kawanua, Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia to report CPSC’s annual reports for fiscal years 2009 – 2010 and 2010 - 2011. The Director General’s report stressed on the successful completion of CPSC’s operational targets and implementation of planned programs and activities with major innovative undertakings, such as the launching of Green CPSC movement and significant milestones, such as the notable improvement in the number of training beneficiaries and programs.
The biennial meeting, which is the highest forum in the Colombo Plan, provides a venue to exchange views on current development problems facing member countries and review the work of the Colombo Plan in economic and social development within the region. This year’s theme is “Bringing the Marginalized to the Mainstream” to enable CP to expand the scope of programs and target beneficiaries to include the empowerment of marginalized communities in CP member countries. The meeting was attended by representatives from Colombo Plan Secretariat headed by the Secretary General, Mr. Adam Maniku and other officials from Colombo Plan member countries at the level of ministerial or senior official rank.
Aside from welcoming Brunei Darussalam and Saudi Arabia as new members of CP, two-year reports from CP and CPSC, and country presentations, cultural nights were also organized to showcase traditional dances, songs, and instruments of Manado, Indonesia. A site visit to Woloan Village in Tomohon, where special knock down houses based on the Minahasa traditional houses are being produced, was also organized.
The meeting generated a report which will be finalized upon recommendation of a drafting committee.