DHAKA, Jan 19, 2017 (BSS) - The 68th Session of the Executive Committee (EC) meeting of African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) started here at a city hotel in Gulshan today.
Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogra is hosting the programme under the supervision of Rural Development and Cooperative Division of the Ministry of LGRD and Cooperatives.
A total number of 35 delegates and participants from 14 different countries and organisations were participating in the meeting.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain said AARDO is one of the earliest examples of South-South cooperation in rural development of Africa and Asia.
"It is such a platform for the African and Asian countries to share with, disseminate to and learn from each other the good practices in the field of agricultural and rural development," he said.
The minister expressed his hoped the 68th EC meeting of AARDO will be able to guide its member countries how they should work on rural development considering both present and future challenges like climate change impacts.
"After the independence of Bangladesh, the government of the new born country led by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman focused on rural development," he said.
The minister said Bangabandhu felt to build another rural development academy like BARD, Comilla in comparatively economically back-warded north-western region of the country and finally he established Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogra in 1974.
"Since its inception, RDA, Bogra has developed and trialed many green innovations and models in Bangladesh context in the field of agricultural and rural development," he said.
State Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Md Mashiur Rahman Ranga said AARDO is a unique organisation working in the field of rural development in Africa and Asia.
"The governments of the AARDO member countries also aim to remove poverty and hunger by the different initiatives for the rural poor," he said.
Rural Development Cooperatives Secretary Dr Prosanta Kumar Roy, President of Executive Committee of AARDO Oomaduth Jadoo, Secretary General of AARDO Engineer Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin and Director General (In-Charge), RDA, Bogra Engineer MA Matin also addressed on the occasion.
An MOU for conducting an international training course at RDA, Bogra on "Green Innovations in Agriculture for Rural Development" has signed between AARDO and RDCD, Ministry of LGRD and Cooperatives.
Mosharraf also inaugurated a rural technology exhibition organised by Rural Development and Co-operative Division where the Ministry and its organization displaying their innovations, models and technologies for sharing the ideas and views with AARDO member countries.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)