Executive Committee: 67th Session, Khartoum, Sudan 21 - 23 February 2016:
The 67th Session of AARDO Executive Committee was held at Al-Salam Rotana Hotel, Khartoum on 21-23 February 2016 at the kind invitation of the esteemed Government of Republic of the Sudan. The session was chaired by the Hon’ble President of the Executive Committee, Ms. Asha Burrenchobay, Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office (National Development Unit), Government of the Republic of Mauritius. Ten, out of thirteen members of the Executive Committee attended the session. His Excellency Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO attended the meeting as the Member Secretary to the Committee. The meeting was inaugurated by H.E. Prof. Ibrahim Adam Ahmad El-Dukheiri, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Government of the Republic of the Sudan and the Chief Guest.
After adoption of the provisional agenda, the major approvals accorded by the Executive Committee, among others, included review of activities, member relations, membership contribution and income and expenditure. The Committee ratified three (3) Memoranda of Understanding that AARDO signed with other organizations. It ratified the service contract of Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, who had assumed the charge of office of the Secretary General on 3 September 2015 for the second tenure of four years and also took the oath of office of secrecy. The Executive Committee also approved the revision of salary and allowances of the Secretary General and the Assistant Secretary General, AARDO.
The Committee approved follow-up actions taken by the AARDO Secretariat on the decisions/recommendations of the 18th General Session of AARDO Conference, 65th, 66th and Special Sessions of the Executive Committee and 64th, 65th, 66th and Special Sessions of the Liaison Committee. It approved and adopted the final reports of the 64th, 65th and Special sessions of the Liaison Committee. The Committee decided to hold its next (68th) Session in Bangladesh in November/December 2016. H.E. Prof. Ibrahim Adam Ahmad El-Dukheiri, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Government of the Republic of the Sudan and His Excellency Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO felicitated Dr. Abdalla Yahia Adam, former Secretary General, AARDO by presenting him with mementos during the Inaugural Session of the meeting.
Liaison Committee Meeting: 67th Session, New Delhi, 22 March 2016:
The 67th Session of the Liaison Committee of the Organization was held on 22nd March 2016 at the AARDO Secretariat, New Delhi under the chairmanship of H.E. Mr. Jagdishwar Guburdhun, High Commissioner for the Republic of Mauritius to India, and Honorable Chairperson of the Liaison Committee. Twenty-one (21) delegates from sixteen (16) member countries, namely, Republic of China (Taiwan), Arab Republic of Egypt, Republic of Gambia, Republic of India, Republic of Iraq, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Republic of Kenya, State of Libya, Malaysia, Republic of Mauritius, Sultanate of Oman, State of Palestine, Republic of the Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Republic of Yemen and Republic of Zambia attended the meeting. In addition, representatives from diplomatic missions of Republic of Botswana and Republic of Turkey, and a senior official from International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) attended the Session as Observers. His Excellency Eng. Wassfi Hassan Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO attended the meeting as Member Secretary to the Liaison Committee.
After the opening remarks by the Honorable Chairman, the Secretary General, AARDO welcomed the distinguished delegates and observers to the 67th Session of the Liaison Committee. The Session commenced with the adoption of provisional agenda. After that, the summary report of its previous (66th) session that was held on 26th August 2015 was adopted. The Committee took note of the follow-up action(s) taken/proposed to be taken by the AARDO Secretariat on the decisions/recommendations of the 66th session of the Liaison Committee. The Committee also considered the review of AARDO Activities, membership contribution and member relations for the period July – December 2015 and took note of the projected programmes of AARDO activities, scheduled to be organized during January – June 2016 and decided to hold its next (68th) Session on 24th August 2016.