Organizational Meetings
image 68th Executive Committee : The 68th Session of AARDO Executive Committee was held at Westin Hotel, Dhaka on 19-21 January 2017 at the kind invitation of the esteemed Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. The session was chaired by the Hon'ble President of the Executive Committee, Mr. Oomaduth Jadoo, Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister's Office (National Development Unit), Government of the Republic of Mauritius. Eleven, 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. Khandker Mosharraf Hussain, MP, Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and the Chief Guest, in the presence of H.E. Mr. Mohd. Mashiur Rahman Ranga, MP, Minister of State, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives. After the Inauguration, the Hon'ble Ministers, delegates and other guests opened the exhibition on “Rural Technology Fair” at the venue of the Executive Committee meeting.

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 including report of the Auditor's for the year 2015. The Committee ratified two (2) Memoranda of Understanding that AARDO signed with other organizations. It approved the proposal for scale of membership contribution for full and associate eligible countries/organizations from African-Asian and outside regions. The Committee also approved the proposal from the Secretariat for raising the additional funds through special services. The revised scale of salaries of locally recruited staff of the Organization were also approved by the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee approved follow-up actions taken by the AARDO Secretariat on the decisions/recommendations of the 67th Session of Executive Committee and 67th and 68th Sessions of the Liaison Committee. It approved and adopted the final reports of the 67th and 68th sessions of the Liaison Committee. The Committee decided to hold its next two (69th & 70th) Sessions at the venue of the 19th General Session of AARDO Conference in Malaysia in first quarter of 2018.

The delegates had the opportunity to visit Panjankhara village in Manikganj Sadar, Upzila to observe the ongoing rural development projects such as Ektee Bari Ektee Khamar (One House One Farm), Integrated Water Management Project and Community based Bio-gas Project of RDA. The delegates observed the functioning of these projects and interacted with the beneficiaries. An interesting feature of the projects was large number of women beneficiaries.
image 69th Liaison Committee : The 69th Session of the Liaison Committee of AARDO was held on 07th March 2017 at the Conference hall of the AARDO Secretariat, New Delhi under the chairmanship of H.E. Mr. Jagdishwar Guburdhun, GOSK, High Commissioner for the Republic of Mauritius to India, and Hon'ble Chairman of the Liaison Committee. Twenty (20) delegates from fifteen (15) member countries, namely, Republic of China (Taiwan), Arab Republic of Egypt, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Republic of Iraq, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Lebanon, Malaysia, Republic of Mauritius, Kingdom of Morocco, Republic of Namibia, State of Palestine, Republic of the Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Republic of Yemen and Republic of Zambia of the Liaison Committee attended the Session. In addition, the senior officials from International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), International Cooperative Alliance – Asia Pacific (ICA-AP) and Indian Council for Food and Agriculture (ICFA) attended the Session as Observers. His Excellency Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO attended the meeting as Member Secretary to the Liaison Committee.

The Secretary General welcomed all the distinguished delegates to the 69th Session of the Liaison Committee and requested the Hon'ble Chairman to preside over the session. Thereafter, the Committee went on to transact the business session by, first of all, adopting the Provisional Agenda. The Committee took note of the follow -up action taken/proposed to be taken by the AARDO Secretariat on the decisions/recommendations of the 68th Session of the Liaison Committee as well as adopted its report. The Committee reviewed the activities of the Organization, membership contribution and member relations for the period, July – December 2016. It also took note of and adopted the projected programmes of AARDO from January to June 2017. The 69th Session of the Liaison Committee decided to hold its next (70th) Session on 24 August 2017 and accordingly approved the list of invitees.