The following activities were carried out by the six Regional Offices of AARDO during the period October 2015 – March 2016:

i) Regional Office for the Far East, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  1. Coordinated with AARDO and Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul (PSPS), Yeungnam University, Republic of Korea to assist officials of the member countries to participate in the Master’s degree course in PSPS;
  2. Identified eligible nominees in Republic of Korea for international training programmes of AARDO organised in Republic of China, Pakistan, Egypt and Bangladesh;
  3. Compiled and circulated the bi-annual E-Newsletter in December 2015 to officials in member countries, the Headquarters and Regional Offices to provide all member countries with information on activities and emerging issues in the Far East region;
  4. Introduced activities of AARDO in the monthly magazine “World Food, Agriculture & Fisheries” (Korean version) published by Korea FAO Association;
  5. Reviewed the project proposal on “Supporting and Developing Rural Women” from the Arab Republic of Egypt for financial assistance under ODA to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, through AARDO;
  6. Assisted in the selection and dispatch process of the KRC expert to undertake the preliminary study for developing an AARDO model village in Gadarif State, Sudan; and
  7. Attended as an Observer the 67th Session of the Executive Committees held in Khartoum, Republic of the Sudan during 21-23 February 2016.
ii) Regional Office for the Middle East, Amman, Jordan
  1. Facilitated the participation of participants from Jordan in various HRD activities organised by AARDO in different member countries;
  2. Visited and made on-ground inspection of project site of Development Pilot Project on “Utilizing of Agricultural Stubbles in the Provision of Alternative Feeds for Animal”;
  3. Participated in meetings, workshops, conferences and functions organised by Government institutions and other international organizations in Jordan.
iii) Regional Office for South and Central Asia, Islamabad, Pakistan
  1. Liaised in the organisation of the International Workshop-cum-Training Programme on “Irrigation System and Water Management” held at the Akhtar Hameed Khan National Centre for Rural Development (AHK NCRD), Islamabad, during 3-12 November 2015;
  2. Arranged meetings of the Assistant Secretary General, AARDO with concerned government officials, dignitaries and institutions in Islamabad during his visit to Pakistan during 03-08 November 2015; and
  3. Facilitated the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad, Pakistan and AARDO for building-up capacities of young officials from AARDO member countries through the Programmes at CIIT.
iv) Regional Office for the North and Eastern Africa, Cairo, Egypt
  1. Liaised with the Desert Research Centre (DRC), Cairo in the organisation of the "Training and Study Visits on Desertification in Egypt" programme at DRC on 22-29 November 2015;
  2. Liaised with the Ministry of Social Solidarity, Government of Egypt on technical activities of AARDO;
  3. Facilitated the participation of the Egyptian nominees in different AARDO’s programmes;
  4. Liaised with the Egyptian International Centre for Agriculture (EICA), Cairo, in the organisation of training programmes at the Centre; and
  5. Pursued with the Ministry of Social Solidarity, Government of Egypt for the organisation of the 67th Session of the AARDO Executive Committee in Cairo.
v) Regional Office for West Africa, Accra, Ghana
  1. Attended the 67th Session of the Executive Committee, held in Khartoum, Republic of the Sudan on 21-23 February 2016;
  2. Meeting with the Secretary General, Assistant Secretary General and AARDO officials about the activities of the Regional Office in Ghana during participation in the 67th Session of Executive Committee in Sudan;
  3. Carried out monitoring of on-going development pilot project in Ghana; and
  4. Liaised with the Government of Ghana in sponsoring nominees from Ghana for different AARDO’s programmes.
vi) Regional Office for Southern Africa, Lusaka, Zambia
  1. Liaisoning with the concerned authorities in the Government of Zambia and the Mulungushi University on the organization of International Workshop-Cum-Training Programme on “Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation”, scheduled to be held at Mulungushi University, Kabwe, Zambia from 9-13 May 2016;
  2. Facilitated the identification of candidates and their participation in various technical activities organised under the sponsorship of AARDO;
  3. Monitored and supervised the AARDO-assisted project on “Kaleng Construction in Shangombo District of Western Province; and
  4. Undertook field visit in Mkushi District for the implementation of the AARDO Development Pilot Project on “Empowering Vulnerable Communities with Opportunities to Undertake Income Generating Ventures Intended to Mitigate Poverty and Food Insecurity”.
Honorary Regional Representatives of AARDO

I) Far East, Republic of Korea

Mr. Choi, Yong Kyu, the Honorary Regional Representative of AARDO for the Far East, Republic of Korea has resigned from his position with effect from 18 February 2016 who had assumed the charge of the office in May 2014. While accepting Mr. Choi, Yong Kyu’s resignation, the Secretary General appreciated him for his prudence, dexterity and acumen with which he had managed and conducted the affairs of the Regional Office. The Government of the Republic of Korea is in the process of nominating a new Regional Representative.

ii) South and Central Asia, Pakistan

Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir, Director General, Akhtar Hameed Khan National Centre for Rural Development (AHK NCRD), Islamabad, Pakistan, and Honorary Regional Representative of AARDO for South and Central Asia, Islamabad, Pakistan has retired from service. The esteemed Government of Pakistan is in the process of nominating a new Regional Representative.