46th Consultative Committee Meeting of Colombo Plan opens in HN
16:35 | 31/10/2018

VGP - The 46th Consultative Committee Meeting of the Colombo Plan (CCM46), themed “Gender equality”, kicked off in Ha Noi on October 30. 

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Minister of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung appreciated the valuable cooperation that the Colombo Plan has given Viet Nam, especially in helping the country train more than 500 staff in various fields such as drug prevention, public administration, environmental protection, private economic development, and gender equality.

He highlighted Viet Nam’s increasingly active participation in managing Colombo Plan activities, such as its successful candidacy for the position of Director of the Drug Advisory Program in 2009-2011, and the General Secretary of the Colombo Plan for the 2018-2022 term.

The Colombo Plan for Cooperative Economic and Social Development in Asia and the Pacific was conceived at the Commonwealth Conference on Foreign Affairs held in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in January 1950 and was launched on July 1, 1951, as a cooperative venture for the economic and social advancement of the peoples of South and Southeast Asia.

With 27 official members, the Colombo Plan is a forum for discussing development needs, sharing experience, implementing programs for stronger socio-economic development, and supporting less developed countries in the region.

This is the first time Viet Nam has hosted the Colombo Plan’s important session. The two-day event brought together nearly 100 delegates from 23 member nations, representatives from the Colombo Plan Secretariat and many of Viet Nam’s ministries and agencies, as well as observers. 

By Thuy Dung

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