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downssssISLAMABAD: A five day collaborative workshop on "Impacts of globatisation on rural development in Afro-Asian countries was inaugurated here on Monday by Minister for Professional and Technical Training, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada.

The workshop is being held in collaboration with Akhtar Hameed Khan National Centre for Rural Development (AHKNCRD) and Afro-Asian Rural Development Organistaion (AARDO), a New Delhi based organization.

The workshop is being attended by 32 National/ international delegates from 13 South Asian, African and Gulf region countries, and representatives of the foreign missions.

The five days collaborative workshop will be concluded on Friday. The workshop is aimed to provide an opportunity to policy makers, planners and implementers in the AARDO member countries to deliberate and formulate an action plan for ensuring sustainable rural development in member countries.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister for Professional and Technical Training said his ministry was devising a strategy to train across the country young boys and girls to enable them to earn their livelihood on their own.

He urged the AARDO to continue support for improving the system of training and infrastructure of country's rural development institutions. Such workshops will also help improving the system of training and infrastructure of rural institutions engaged in capacity building of Rural Pakistan.

"The exchange of information and communication can emerge as a tool for providing access to the rural people for improving their livelihoods, capacities, infrastructure, connectivity, health, education and for management of the living environment," the minister said.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for sharing rich experiences and best practices in the field of rural development, he said.

He congratulated the secretary general and member countries on AARDO's golden jubilee celebrations being held in New Delhi in March this year.

Director General National Centre for Rural Development (NCRD) Brig (r) Amanullah said the NCRD was established in 1979 to meet the needs for capacity building of the stakeholders engaged in rural development in the country.

He said NCRD has so far trained over 18,000 persons. NCRD became a linked institution of AARDO on May 21, 1997. AARDO had provided a grant of $28,000 in the year 1999-2002 to undertake Action Research Pilot Project on `Provision of Micro Credit Facility and Enhancement of Local level savings for Poverty Alleviation in Pakistan' in Chakwal. The programme was successfully launched and completed.

He said NCRD looks forward to a great interaction with AARDO during years ahead particularly for the capacity building of Local Government and Rural Development Institutions at the Centre and in the Provinces.


Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2012


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