Regional workshop on effective development cooperation ends
Dhaka, 27 August, 2013: The three-day long Asia Workshop on the ‘Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation: Links to the Post-2015 Development Agenda’ ended in Dhaka on Tuesday with a high note as the participating countries and Civil Society Organizations agreed on a specific set of recommendations called ‘RECCOMMENDATIONS from ASIA-PACIFIC’.
Twenty-eight Government and CSO delegates from 12 countries of the Asia-Pacific region endorsed the joint agreement on the closing day of the workshop with a view to generate common standpoints from the Asian region on development cooperation ahead of the first Global Partnership Ministerial Meeting to be held in 2014 in Mexico.
Honorable Finance Minister Mr. A M A Muhith briefed the media about the agreed recommendations at a press conference organized at the Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon of the capital in the aftermath of the workshop.
Cabinet Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh Mr. M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan and Secretary to the Economic Relations Division Mr. Md. Abul Kalam Azad also present at the press briefing.
The agreed document contains a number of broad strategies and also outlines a number of specific actions and measures to implement those strategies. It is expected that the said document would provide important input into the upcoming Global Partnership Ministerial Meeting to be held in Mexico in 2014 to provide feedback from Asia for influencing the post-MDG agenda and strengthen support towards the implementation of the Busan Partnership.
In addition, this workshop was also successful in initiating the ‘Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (DEF)’ as a continuation of the Capacity Development for Development Effectiveness Facility established in 2009 to support countries in implementing their development effectiveness agenda. Bangladesh has been appointed the Chair of the Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility.
Twenty eight government policy makers and practitioners from twelve countries of Asia as well as one Civil Society Organization (CSO) platform took part in the three day long workshop from 25 to 27 August and shared country experiences while accruing knowledge on effective development cooperation in the region in light of the Busan Commitments and the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC).
A total of five plenary sessions and simultaneously a number of breakout sessions were held over the course of next three days dealing with the Asian perspective on GPEDC and the Post-MDG Agenda. The possible nature of development financing and cooperation beyond 2015 and the possible role of trade and private Sector for equitable development in this regard as well as the Asian approaches on South South Cooperation and Triangular cooperation were also discussed during the plenary sessions.
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