A 25-members delegation of Youth Ambassadors from the Republic of China (Taiwan) headed by H.E. Mr. Victor J. Chin, Seasoned Ambassador from the Government of the Republic of China, paid a visit to the AARDO Secretariat, New Delhi on 31st August 2017. H.E. Dr. Joyce Juo-Yu Lin, Deputy Head of delegation and Specialist in South East Asian Political and Economic Issues, Professor and Head of ASEAN Studies Center at Tamkang University and Mr. Yu-Shan Chui, Deputy Representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre in India, New Delhi accompanied the youth Ambassadors on the visit. Since H.E. the Secretary General was away on official tour abroad, the delegation was received by Dr. Manoj Nardeosingh, Assistant Secretary General and senior officers from the Secretariat.
In his opening remarks, the Assistant Secretary General mentioned that AARDO is a manifestation of solidarity among people of African and Asian countries, subscribing to the spirit and philosophy of south-south cooperation. AARDO is carrying out a very noble mandate of cooperation for sustainable agricultural and rural development and its missions and objectives are very much aligned with the international agenda 2030 and with most of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On behalf of AARDO and on his behalf, he expressed profound thanks and gratitude to the esteemed Government of the Republic of China for its generous support and cooperation to AARDO ever since it joined the Organization in 1968.
H.E. Mr. Victor J. Chin, the head of the delegation, on behalf of his delegation and on his own behalf, expressed pleasure to be at the AARDO Secretariat, and thanked the Assistant Secretary General and Secretariat officers for extending them a warm welcome. He remarked that AARDO is a wonderful Organization which aims at poverty alleviation and rural development of its member countries. He mentioned that Taiwan is very fortunate to have high economic growth as well as being a member of international organization like AARDO. These remarks were followed by self-introductions by all the Youth Ambassadors and the AARDO Secretariat officers. Some youth ambassadors gave performances showing their talent in music, dance entertainment, calligraphy, yo-yo, etc. Head of PPP thereafter made a presentation about AARDO,
its objectives, vision, mission, organizational structure, technical activities,collaboration with international/regional organizations, dissemination of information and networking etc.After the presentations, a question and answer session was held wherein the delegation members raised some questions about AARDO.
At the end of the meeting, the Head of delegation, presented a memento to the Assistant Secretary General, On behalf of AARDO, the Assistant Secretary General presented mementos to the Head of delegation and all other delegation members. The meeting ended with a group photograph.
Dr. Mohd Desa Hj Hassim, Chief Executive Officer, International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet), Selangor, Malaysia, paid a courtesy call on the Secretary General on 16 August 2017 to hold discussions on matters of mutual interest. Two officials from Ministry of Agriculture and Agro based Industry, Malaysia accompanied the Chief Executive Officer on the visit. The visiting delegation was accorded a warm welcome on arrival at the AARDO Secretariat. The meeting was also attended by Dr. Manoj Nardeosingh, Assistant Secretary General, and senior officers from the AARDO Secretariat.
During the discussions, TFNet sought AARDO’s support for the efforts of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries to innovate rural smallholder fruit value chains (SVCs) in three focus areas of value creation, namely, processing, marketing and export.
AARDO and TFNet signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Collaboration and Coordination in 2005. TFNet is an independent and self-financing global network, established under the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with the mandate and role to promote sustainable global development of the tropical fruit industry in relation to production, consumption and trade.
A delegation from the esteemed Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, headed by Mr. Suresh Pradhan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation (MOCPA), paid a visit to the AARDO Secretariat on 13th June 2017 for discussions with H.E. the Secretary General to explore the possibility of Nepal joining AARDO as its distinguished member. The Assistant Secretary General and the senior officers of AARDO were present in the meeting. The members of the delegation were : Mr. Santosh Shrestha, Under Secretary, Ministry of Finance; Mr. Ramesh Adhikari, Under Secretary, MOCPA; Mr. Upendra Dungana, Information Officer, MOCPA; Mr. Narayan Ganwalai, Deputy Registrar, DCO; and Mr. Ananda Saru, Chief of Divisional Cooperative Office.
On behalf of AARDO and on his own behalf, H.E. the Secretary General extended a hearty welcome to the delegation. The Secretariat thereafter made a presentation about AARDO, encompassing history of its establishment, objectives, vision, mission, areas of concern, organizational structure, technical activities, development pilot projects, golden jubilee celebration, formulation of the triennial technical work programme, membership contribution, collaboration with international and regional organizations, digitalization, website, library including of documents, etc.
Mr. Suresh Pradhan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation (MOCPA), Government of Nepal, informed that the Ministry was established five years ago with the objective of making it a focal point in the effort to alleviate poverty briefly explained the steps being taken by the Ministry in the context of poverty alleviation. He appreciated the activities of AARDO and remarked that these would be useful to his country.
He informed that Nepal is expected to join AARDO as its member in the near future. Detailed procedure for joining AARDO was also explained to the delegation.
At the end of the meeting, H.E. the Secretary General and the Hon’ble Joint Secretary, MPCPA exchanged mementoes. The delegation members also had a look at some of AARDO’s publications.
A high level delegation headed by H.E. Mr. Ahmad Fateh Al Qaderi, Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Syrian Arab Republic called on H.E. the Secretary General at the AARDO Secretariat on 21st February 2017 for discussions on matters of mutual interest. Mr. Haitham Haidar, Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform and Mr. Wael Deirki, Minister Counsellor, Embassy of Syria, New Delhi accompanied the Hon’ble Minister. On behalf of AARDO and on his own behalf, H.E. the Secretary General extended a hearty welcome to the delegation.
During discussions, the Hon’ble Minister informed the Secretary General that before his departure to New Delhi, he had attended a meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Council of his Government, which inter alia, decided to lay specific focus on aqua-culture and sericulture for the economic development of Syria. The Hon’ble Minister sought AARDO’s assistance to develop these two sectors. The Secretary General assured the Hon’ble Minister all assistance from AARDO to promote these two sectors in the country.
At the end of the meeting, a set of AARDO publications was provided to the Hon’ble Minister.
The Hon'ble Minister was in New Delhi at the invitation of AARDO to participate in the International Conference on “Technological Advancement for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development” (TASARD-India, 2017) organised by AARDO in collaboration with the Society for Plant Research (SPR) in New Delhi on 20-22 February 2017.
A high level delegation headed by H.E. Mr. Sufian A.S. Sultan, Minister of Agriculture, State of Palestine called on H.E. the Secretary General at the AARDO Secretariat, New Delhi on 21st February 2017 for discussions on matters of mutual interest. H.E. Mr. Adnan M. Abu Alhaijaa, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for the State of Palestine to India, and Mr. Nasser R.H. Jaghoub, Head of the Palestinian Disaster Risk Reduction and Insurance Fund (PADRRIF), Ministry of Agriculture accompanied the Hon’ble Minister. On behalf of AARDO and on his own behalf, H.E. the Secretary General extended a hearty welcome to the delegation. The discussions covered a wide range of issue of common interest. At the end of the meeting, a set of AARDO publications was provided to the Hon’ble Minister.
The Hon’ble Minister was in New Delhi at the invitation of AARDO to participate in the International Conference on “Technological Advancement for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development” (TASARD-India, 2017) organised by AARDO in collaboration with the Society for Plant Research (SPR) in New Delhi on 20-22 February 2017.
The State of Palestine is the youngest member of AARDO’s fraternity, having joined it in 2015.
AARDO, Rural Development and Cooperative Division (RD & CD) of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogra, Bangladesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 19th January 2017. The MoU was signed in the presence of H.E. Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, MP, Minister, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives (LGRD&C), Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh,H. E. Mr. Md. Mashiur Rahman Ranga, MP, State Minister, LGRD & Cooperatives, Bangladesh and other high level dignitaries present during the Inaugural function of 68th Session of AARDO Executive Committee held in Dhaka. On behalf of AARDO, H.E. Eng Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, on behalf of RD&CD, Dr. Prosanta Kumar Roy, Secretary, and on behalf of RDA, Eng. M. A. Matin, Director General signed the MoU.
The MoU will facilitate in organising international/regional level training programmes in the field of rural development for AARDO member countries. The programme will be organized annually at Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogra, Bangladesh for about 20 officials from AARDO member countries.
With the addition of RDA as new Centre of Excellence, the total number of AARDO's Centre of Excellence has increased to 26. Rural Development Academy (RDA) was established in 1974 as a specialized national rural development institution for training, research and action research. It has a strength of 304 personnel including 61 faculty position .The Academy is an autonomous institution officiated with the RD&CD of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Co-operatives (LGRDC), Bangladesh.
His Excellency Mr. Soomilduth Bholah, Hon’ble Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Government of the Republic of Mauritius paid a visit to the AARDO Secretariat on 16 January 2017 to have discussions with H.E. the Secretary General on matters of mutual interest. H.E. Mr. Jagdishwar Goburdhun, GOSK, High Commissioner for the Republic of Mauritius to India; Mr. D. Gaoneadry, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives; and Mr. G. Seechurn, Director of the National Institute for Cooperative Entrepreneurship, Mauritius, accompanied the Hon’ble Minister on the visit. On behalf of AARDO Secretariat and on his own behalf, H.E. the Secretary General felt extremely pleased in extending a warm welcome to the delegation.
The discussions primarily focused on exploring ways and means for forging possible collaboration between the esteemed Ministry of Business, Enterprise and cooperatives and AARDO. His Excellency the Hon’ble Minister highly appreciated AARDO’s prompt response to the Mauritian request to depute an expert for the Mauritius cooperative livestock sector. Prof. Jabir Ali, Chairman, Management Development Programme (MDP), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow, who was deputed prepared an excellent report on his study carried out during April-May 2016 on “Restructuring and Consolidation for Cooperative Dairy Sector in Mauritius” wherein invaluable recommendation for promoting the sector have been made.
It was underlined that, as a follow up of the study report, the Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, had started implementation of one of its recommendations, namely, setting up the logistic support for the sector. Consequently, AARDO had been approached for financial support in acquiring a refrigerated vehicle.
AARDO has approved the project proposal on “Development of Dairy Cooperatives Logistics System for Mauritius” and has provided financial assistance of US $40,000 towards its implementation.