South-South cooperation in human development:
Colombo Plan plays vital role
The Colombo Plan has played an important role since its inception in
strengthening the development process first as a scholarship provider
and later as a catalyst for south-south cooperation in the area of human
resource development, said Royal Thai Government Ambassador, Colombo
Plan Council President Thinakorn Kanasuta at the Colombo Plan Focal
Point Desk Officers meeting held at the Colombo Hilton yesterday.
Several Ambassadors, High Commissioners and representatives of
twenty-member countries participated at the conference chaired by the
Colombo Plan Secretary General Patricia Yoon Moi Chia.
Delivering the keynote address the Colombo Plan Council President
said that every member country and every single staff member has a share
in the organization's success and achievements.
Every member country and every single staff member are apart and
mechanism in driving the organization forward. The Colombo Plan has
succeeded in contributing to the progress of its member countries in the
Asia and the Pacific through its many projects and programs.
Over the past 10 years, the Colombo Plan Secretariat has provided
over 600 training courses/scholarships in various fields, including
public administration and drug advisory program. The Colombo Plan
Council President emphasised that more than 14,000 people from its
member countries have benefited from various fields of programs which
are aimed at the enhancement of skill and expertise of the trainees,
thereby contributing constructively to the capacity building of its
member states as well as their national development.
Needless to say, the past success and progress made by the Colombo
Plan Secretariat could not have been made without the support and the
collaboration of the focal points which have worked with the Colombo
Plan for our common objectives.
Although most of the decisions of the Colombo Plan are made at the
Council represented by head of missions of member countries in Colombo
and long-term strategies are planned by the Consultative Committee which
It is the focal points in each member country which implement the
decisions, either directly or through coordination with other government
agencies in their countries, the Colombo Plan Council President added.
He said that on several administrative and financial matters,
communication has to be done directly by the Colombo Plan Secretariat
with the focal points in several member countries since not all member
countries of the Colombo Plan have diplomatic representation in Colombo.