A high level delegation headed by H.E. Mr. Mirghani Saleh Sayed Ahmed Zeiada, the Hon’ble Governor of the El Gadarif State, Sudan paid a visit to the AARDO Secretariat on 18th March 2016 for discussions with H.E. the Secretary General on El Gadarif State’s future cooperation with AARDO. H.E. Dr. Abdalla Suliman Abdalla Suliman, Minister of Agriculture & Forestry, and H.E. Mr. Omer Mohamed Nour Osman Elhassan, Minister of Finance & Economy, El Gadarif State, accompanied the Hon’ble Governor on the visit. His Excellency Dr. Hassan E. El Talib, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Sudan to India was also present in the meeting. Two officials, one each from the office of the Hon’ble Governor and the Embassy of Sudan were also part of the delegation.
The visiting delegation apprised the Secretary General and other AARDO officials of the economy of the El Gadarif State, status of mechanized farming, agricultural production, available infrastructure, etc. H.E. the Secretary General made a presentation on AARDO and its activities for the kind information of the delegation.
The discussions covered a wide range of subjects like development of AARDO’s model village in the State, transfer of technology to the State, capacity building at grass roots, role of small and medium industries in State’s economy, development of fishery sector, migration from rural to urban areas, deputation of experts to the State, signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the University of El Gadarif and AARDO, etc.
At the end of the meeting, the delegation members had a look at some of AARDO’s publications.
His Excellency Mr. Soomilduth Bholah, Hon’ble Minister of Business, Enterprises and Cooperatives, Government of the Republic of Mauritius paid a visit to AARDO Secretariat on 21st January 2016 to have discussions with the Secretary General on matters of mutual interest. Mr. V.A. Putchay, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry and Mrs V. Segobin-Maulloo, First Secretary, Mauritius High Commission, New Delhi accompanied the Hon’ble Minister on the visit. On behalf of Assistant Secretary General, on behalf of AARDO Secretariat and on his own behalf, H.E. the Secretary General felt pleased in extending a warm welcome to the delegation.
The Secretariat made a general presentation about AARDO, its objectives, organizational structure, technical activities, golden jubilee celebration, etc with the belief that some information would be found useful by the esteemed Ministry of Business, Enterprises and Cooperatives. The discussions centered around exploring ways and means for forging possible collaboration between the esteemed Ministry and AARDO. Some of the areas the Hon’ble Minister mentioned for possible collaboration with and support from AARDO included cooperatives other than sugarcane, dairy development and small and medium enterprises.
His Excellency Dr. Seyed Ali Mohammad Mousavi, Secretary General, D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation (D-8), Istanbul, Turkey paid a visit to AARDO Secretariat in the afternoon of 08 January 2016 for discussions with the Secretary General, AARDO on matters of mutual interest, including exploring the possibility of organising some joint activities, in the light of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by both the Organizations on 6 December 2013. Mr. Kazi Ziaul Hasan, Director (Economy, Implementation and External Relations), D-8 accompanied the Secretary General on the visit. The Assistant Secretary General, AARDO and senior officers from the Secretariat were present during the meeting. A brief presentation on the programmes and activities of AARDO was made for the kind information of the delegation.
During the discussions, AARDO and D-8 decided to explore the possibilities for the future collaboration for the benefit of their member countries.
The D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation, established in 1997 and headquartered at Istanbul, Turkey, is an intergovernmental Organization for developing economic cooperation among the member countries, namely, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.
AARDO and the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), New Delhi have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at AARDO Secretariat on 09 December 2015 for carrying out collaborative activities. The MoU was signed by the Secretary Generals, AARDO & ICDF on behalf of their respective organizations. During the signing ceremony, the Assistant Secretary General, senior officers from AARDO and an official from the ICID were also present.
The The MoU facilitates AARDO and ICID acting in close cooperation, and keeping each other informed about all programmes of their work, activities and publications; conducting joint research and consultation on needs of current and future climate information products related to agriculture water management, drought management and flood management; organisation of joint technical seminars, webinars and workshops; working for the expansion and enhancement of the ‘Water’, ‘Agriculture’ and ‘Rural Development’ components; undertaking joint projects, research tasks, experiments, trainings; etc.
ICID, set up in 1950 and with central office located in New Delhi, is a scientific, technical, professional, and voluntary not-for-profit International Organization, dedicated, to enhance the world-wide supply of food and fibre for all people by improving water and land management, through application of irrigation, drainage and flood management techniques. Its membership consists of professionals: planners and policy makers; water managers; irrigation and agriculture engineers; research scientists and educationists; engaged in the related areas within the countries through their National Committees (NC) traditionally organized under the departments responsible for irrigation or agricultural water management. Presently, ICID country membership network is spread over 110 countries across Africa, Americas, Asia and Oceania, and Europe, covering over 95% of the irrigated area of the world.
AARDO and the International Sericultural Commission (ISC), Bengaluru, India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for carrying out collaborative activities.
The MoU facilitates exchange of information, experiences, views, experts; jointly taking up studies, action research projects; organising exposure visits, training programmes in the field of sericulture and other areas of mutual interests as well as international seminars, symposia and workshops on the themes relevant to both the Organizations.
The ISC is an inter-governmental Organization engaged in the development of sericulture and silk industry in the world. Headquartered in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, ISC has sixteen (16) members. Its main objective is the development of sericulture industry in existing and new areas through coordinated actions and convergence of programmes extended by different countries, international organizations and other agencies and to organise specialized programmes and activities in capacity building, volunteer expert services, establishing linkages among the sectors, and enhancing facilities for common use.
AARDO and the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad, Pakistan have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for carrying out joint activities.
The MoU envisages participation of AARDO-sponsored nominees from its member countries in Master of Science (MS) and Ph.D. Programmes in different disciplines every year at CIIT. It also envisages organisation of specific capacity building programmes, joint implementation of development projects, networking and exchange of visits, etc.
The CIIT, established in 2000 and headquartered in Islamabad, Pakistan is a leading Institute of international repute for scientific research. Quite a large number of students are enrolled in the Institute for pursuing graduate, post-graduate and research degree programmes. The CIIT, besides its principal campus at Islamabad, has six other fully functional campuses in Pakistan.
On the recommendation of the esteemed Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Government of the Republic of Ghana, the Secretary General has appointed Mr. Patrick Affum Asumadu, Principal Development Planning Officer in the Ministry as the new Honorary Regional Representative of AARDO for West Africa, Accra, with effect from 1st September 2015. Mr. Asumadu has replaced Mr. Ransford Agyepong Dankyira who has formally retired from the service.
AARDO will benefit from the wide and diversified experiences of Mr. Asumadu in the field of rural development.
On the recommendation of H.E. Ms. Ghada Fathy Waly, Minister of Social Solidarity, Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and Hon’ble Vice-President of AARDO from Africa, the Secretary General has appointed Mr. Mohamed Hassan Rashwan, Director General, General Directorate of Technical Administration, Ministry of Social Solidarity, as the new Honorary Regional Representative of AARDO for North and Eastern Africa with effect from 1st June 2015. Mr. Rashwan has replaced Ms. Aziza Youssef Mustafa, who has retired from the Government service lately.
The Secretariat will immensely benefit from the wide experiences and rich knowledge of Mr. Rashwan in the field of rural and social development.
1. Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC), Republic of Korea
A high level delegation from the Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC), Republic of Korea, headed by Dr. Lee, Sang-Mu, President/Chief Executive Officer paid a visit to AARDO Secretariat on 23rd May 2015 to have discussions with the Secretary General on matters of mutual interest. KRC has been admitted as an Associate Member of AARDO since January 2015. The delegation also included Mr. Lee Bong Hoon, President, Korean National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (KCID). Er. Avinash C. Tyagi, Secretary General, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), New Delhi accompanied the delegation on the visit.
A presentation on AARDO- its objectives, membership, regional offices, organizational structure, technical activities, and the capacity building programmes under the additional contribution provided by the esteemed Government of India to AARDO was made for the kind information of the delegation.
The discussions covered a broad spectrum of subjects like increase in the capacity building programmes of AARDO; establishment of model village of AARDO in Sudan; proposal of AARDO to take up a pilot project on growing quinoa crop in one of its member countries; efforts being made by AARDO to implement bigger projects, study visits of experts from member countries to Republic of Korea, especially the KRC, etc.
Dr. Lee, Sang-Mu, President/Chief Executive Officer, KRC thanked the Secretary General’s for according a warm welcome to his delegation. He expressed his Corporation’s willingness to cooperate with AARDO in different fields.
At the end of the meeting, the Secretary General and the President/Chief Executive Officer exchanged their respective organization’s mementos. The delegation members also had a look at some of AARDO’ publications.
2. Malaysian Delegation
A three-member delegation headed by the Deputy Secretary General (Planning), Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, Government of Malaysia called on the Secretary General in the morning of 22nd May 2015 to have discussions on matters of mutual interest. The composition of the delegation was as under:
1. Y Bhg. Dato’ Rahim bin Abu Bakar
Deputy Secretary General, (Planning)
Ministry of Rural and Regional Development
Government of Malaysia
2. Mr. Eddy Sahrizan Rusli
Senior Assistant Director
Institute for Rural Advancement (INFRA)
Ministry of Rural and Regional Development
Government of Malaysia
3. Ms. Zuliana Haslinda Anhar Zubir
Director of MARA Indonesia/India
Embassy of Malaysia in Jakarta
An official from the High Commission of Malaysia, New Delhi accompanied the delegation.
The Secretary General, AARDO explained the salient features of strategies which AARDO follows to achieve its mandate and gave detailed account of on-going activities.
The Dy. Secretary General briefly apprised the meeting of Malaysia’s five years plans, steps taken to eradicate poverty, unemployment situation, implementation of Goods & Services Tax (GST), influx of migrants in the country, etc.
The Secretary General also informed the visiting delegation that AARDO will be laying emphasis on three areas in its future programmes, namely, low cost rural housing, fisheries and sericulture (silk production).
They also discussed the possibility of jointly organising new programmes in Malaysia.
The esteemed Government of the State of Palestine
has sent the duly filled Membership Application Form to the AARDO Secretariat on 26th December 2014 to become a full member of the Organization with effect from the beginning of the year 2015.
The Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC)
, a public enterprise and pioneer in construction, maintaining and managing agricultural production infrastructure for Korea’s safe and staple food, forwarded its application to join AARDO as an Associate Member of the Organization with the recommendation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, AARDO’s nodal ministry in the Republic of Korea through the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, New Delhi on 24th December 2014.
The 18th General Session of AARDO Conference unanimously confirmed the full membership of the esteemed Government of the State of Palestine and the associate membership of Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC), Republic of Korea in AARDO with effect from 1st January 2015.
With the joining of State of Palestine
and Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC)
, the total strength of members of the Organization has gone up to thirty one, fifteen full members each from Africa and Asia, besides one Associate member from Asia.
AARDO, the brotherhood of African-Asian solidarity, extends a warm and wholehearted welcome to both the State of Palestine
and Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC
) for coming into its folds.
African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul
(PSPS), Yeungnam University, R O Korea on 1 December 2014. On behalf of AARDO, the MoU was signed by H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El Sreihin, Secretary General and on behalf of Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul by its Dean, Dr Park Seung Woo. As per the MoU, AARDO can sponsor candidates from its member countries to the one and half year Master’s Degree Programme for the next five (5) years effective from 2014. PSPS offers Master degree in the following five majors:
1. Saemaul Undong and Community Development
2. International Development Cooperation
3. Public Policy and Leadership
4. Forest Resources and Ecological Restoration
5. Environmental Management and Policy
In addition to the Master degree programme, AARDO and PSPS will also cooperate and collaborate in the field of capacity building programmes, joint implementation of projects, sharing of information, knowledge and resources, networking and exchange of visits, etc.
Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul (PSPS), Yeungnam University, R O Korea aims at providing supportive environment to create global leaders to play a pivotal role in reducing poverty and working for the betterment of the world.
African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center
, Tainan, Taiwan on 5 May 2014. The MoU was signed by H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General for and on behalf of AARDO and by Dr. J.D.H. Keatinge, Director General for and on behalf of AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center. The main objective of MoU was to focus in the areas of scientific research, development and capacity building, institutional exchange of staff and scientific information, intellectual property rights, etc.
As a follow up to the MoU that is effective from 2014, the esteemed Government of Republic of China (Taiwan) made available ten (10) slots every year to the participants of AARDO member countries. Accordingly, the first batch of seven (7) AARDO-sponsored participants attended the training Module II : From Harvest to Table and Module III: Vegetables for Sustainable Development at the AVRDC’s East and Southeast Asia Centre at Bangkok, Thailand during 2014.
H. E. Mr. P J Kurien, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) has conferred on H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) the “T” News Award on the eve of the launching of India-Arab Friendship Foundation (IAFF) in New Delhi on 25th November 2014. H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, who hails from Jordan, has been working as the Secretary General of AARDO since 2nd September 2011.
African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO), New Delhi, India signed a Memorandum of Understanding with International Cooperative Alliance – Asia and Pacific (ICA-AP), New Delhi, India at the AARDO headquarters in New Delhi on 2 July 2014. For and on behalf of AARDO, the MoU was signed by H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General and for and on behalf of ICA-AP, the MoU was signed by Mr. Balasubramanian G. Iyer, Regional Director. The objective of MoU, according to Article 2, is …. "to work together in enhancing integration and to cooperate in the areas of sustainable economic development, promotion of agriculture and rural development, and allied activities…" The MoU further reads that both the organizations shall invite each other to attend their respective meetings relating to policy organs in the field of cooperatives, agriculture and rural development, as observers and/or guest, on reciprocal basis.
Cooperation with the State of Libya
The Secretary General paid a visit to Libya from 8 to 10 December 2013 at the kind invitation of the Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Livestock & Marine, Government of the State of Libya. Besides paying courtesy call on the Hon’ble Minister, the Secretary General has had a detailed meeting with the Government’s high officials, led by Eng. Mohammad A. Al-Obaidi, Hon’ble Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Marine. Some of the issues on which both sides agreed to work included organization of a workshop in Libya in 2014; establishing network between the agricultural research centres in Libya and AARDO’s centres of excellence in member countries; deputing experts by AARDO to organise national level training programmes in Libya on the themes identified by the esteemed Ministry, etc.
It is hoped that Secretary General’s visit will lead to the commencement of some technical activities in Libya for the benefit of other member countries of the Organization, besides giving a further fillip to the existing close and cordial relationship between the esteemed Government of the State of Libya and AARDO.
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between AARDO and Developing-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation (D-8)
At the kind invitation of the Developing-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation (D-8), Istanbul, Turkey, H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El Sreihin, Secretary General paid a visit to Nigeria to attend the “Fourth D-8 Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Food Security” hosted by the esteemed Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 4 to 6 December 2013 in Abuja. The Secretary General utilized his presence in Abuja to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of AARDO (MoU) with the D-8 for cooperation and collaboration to promote agricultural and rural development in Afro-Asian region. On behalf of D-8, the MoU was signed H.E. Mr Seyed Ali Mohammad Mousavi, Secretary General. The MoU lays focus on cooperation on human resource development, joint implementation of development projects, promotion of agri-trade and networking, exchange of visits, etc. It is hoped that the signing of the MoU will usher in a new era of prosperity and meaningful cooperation between the two Organizations especially in the areas of rural development. The MoU was signed on 06 December 2013 in the office of the Hon’ble Vice-President and the Minister of Agriculture of Federal Republic of Nigeria in the presence of the dignitaries attending the Ministerial Meeting in Abuja from D-8 member countries.
The Developing-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation, headquartered at Istanbul, Turkey, is an Organization for developing economic cooperation among its member countries, namely, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.
The Secretary General, AARDO Expresses Condolences with the Families of Filipinos Affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan
The Secretary General paid a visit to the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, New Delhi on Thursday, 14 November 2013 to express his condolences with the families of Filipinos who have been adversely affected from the super typhoon Haiyan. In his condolence message, the Secretary General felt extremely sad and deeply pained about the large-scale devastation wreaked by super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines resulting in colossal loss of precious lives and damage to infrastructure and property. In this time of immense grief and sorrows, on behalf of all AARDO member countries and on his own personal behalf, he conveyed their deepest sympathies to all those who have lost their dear and near ones due to the fury of typhoon. He prayed to the Almighty to give them the strength to bear this irreparable loss and bestow peace to the departed souls. He expressed the hope that the Government of the Philippines will soon overcome this tragedy by undertaking a massive rescue and relief operation in the affected areas.
AARDO Signs MoU with CIRDAP
African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO), New Delhi, India signed a memorandum of understanding with Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP), Dhaka, Bangladesh at the AARDO headquarters in New Delhi on 20 August 2013. For and on behalf of AARDO, the MoU was signed by Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General and for and on behalf of CIRDAP, the MoU was signed Dr. Cecep Effendi, Director General, CIRDAP. As per Article 1 of the MoU, both the Organizations, among others, will facilitate exchange of information, experiences, views, experts, etc.; organize exposure visits and training programmes in the field of rural development and areas of mutual interests; conduct joint seminars, symposia and workshops, etc.
Sri Lanka Joins AARDO
The esteemed Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has sent the duly filled Membership Application Form to the AARDO Secretariat on 16 May 2013 to become member of African-Asian Rural Development Organization. Since Sri Lanka had attended the First and Second Sessions of the Afro-Asian Rural Reconstruction Conference held in Delhi and in Cairo in 1961 and 1962, respectively, in compliance with the provisions of AARDO Constitution, Sri Lanka has been admitted as a distinguished member of the Organization with effect from 1st January 2013. With the joining of Sri Lanka, the total strength of full member of the Organization has gone up to twenty-nine, fifteen from Africa, fourteen from Asia as full members and one associate member.
AARDO, the brotherhood of Afro-Asian solidarity, extends a warm and wholehearted welcome to Sri Lanka, for coming into its folds. The joining of Sri Lanka would certainly give a fillip to AARDO in its endeavour to improve the lot of the poor, especially in the South Asian region.
H.E. Dr. Hassan Janabi, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Iraq to the UN Agencies in Rome visits the AARDO Secretariat
H.E. Dr. Hassan Janabi, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Iraq to the UN Agencies in Rome visited the AARDO Secretariat on 27th and 28th May 2013 to discuss with H.E. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, and to arrive at an amicable settlement of the issue of outstanding membership contribution of Iraq. H.E. Dr. Hassan Janabi was accompanied by H.E. Mr. Ahmad Tahsin Berwari, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Iraq to India and Miss Fadwa Abdul Hussain from the Embassy of Iraq.
Based on the two days extensive discussions and after pondering over various options to settle the issue of outstanding contribution, both the parties arrived at a mutually accepted solution. Accordingly, they signed the “Proposed Settlement of Outstanding Membership Contribution of Iraq” on 29 May 2013. The proposed settlement will come into force after the approval by the competent authorities, namely the esteemed Government of the Republic of Iraq and the General Session of AARDO Conference.
The Secretary General, AARDO attends CIRDAP Meetings in Indonesia
At the kind invitation of the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP), Dhaka, Bangladesh, H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO attended the workshop on “South and South Technical Cooperation for Sustainable Rural Development”, and the 28th Meeting of CIRDAP Technical Committee held at Jakarta from 20 to 24 May 2013. During the workshop, H.E. the Secretary General presented a Keynote Paper on “Role of Technology in Rural Poverty Alleviation in Afro-Asian Region”. The Secretary General also chaired one of the Sessions on “Successful Case Studies on Sustainable Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation in CIRDAP Member Countries”.
During his visit to Indonesia, the Secretary General has had the opportunity to meet Mr. Tarmizi A. Karim, Director General, Directorate General of Village and Community Empowerment (DGVCE), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of Indonesia and briefed him about AARDO’s activities as well as presented him with a set of AARDO publications.
AARDO Expresses Deepest Sympathies on Tragic Accident of Collapse of Rana Plaza in Dhaka
Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO has expressed deepest sympathies to the families of those who had lost their dear and near ones due to the tragic accident of the collapse of the Rana Plaza cluster of industries in Dhaka in the last week of April 2013. In a letter sent to H.E. Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak, MP, State Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh on 7 May 2013, Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin stated that "In this time of immense grief and distress, on behalf of all AARDO member countries and on my own personal behalf, I convey our deepest sympathies to the families who have lost their dear and near ones due to the unfortunate accident. We pray to the Almighty to give them the strength to bear this irreparable loss and bestow peace to the departed souls. My heart goes out to those who are injured and are undergoing medical treatment. I wish them fast and full recovery from the injuries".