Opening Remarks of Ambassador Djafar Husein at The Training Programme on Rural Community-based Microfinance Development for The Colombo Plan/NAM Member Countries Denpasar, 19 - 24 September 2011

9/25/2011

 

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Her Excellency Linggawaty Hakim, Director of Non-Aligned Movement Centre for South-South Technical Cooperation,

Mr. Sazali bin Mohd. Zin, Director of Programme for Private Sector Development of the Colombo Plan Secretariat,

Distinguished guests and participants,

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

 

I would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone present here today in one of the most beautiful island in the world, Bali, for the Opening ceremony of the Training Programme on Rural Community-based Micro Finance Development for the Colombo Plan/NAM Member Countries. It is the second cooperation for the Non-Alignment Movement – Centre for South-South Technical Cooperation (NAM-CSSTC) and the Colombo Plan Secretariat (CPS) in conducting the training programme in the areas of microfinance. The first training programme is the Training Programme on Operational Management of Micro Finance: Focusing on Non-Interest Based (sharia) Micro Finance which was jointly implemented in Bandung on 26 September 2010 – 2 October 2010. I am very happy to hear that this training programme was well received with very positive feedback from the participants.

 

On this occasion, I would also like to acknowledge the participation of 14 participants from 10 Colombo Plan member countries, namely Afghanistan, Bhutan, Iran, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

 

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Allow me to commend the ongoing relationship between the Colombo Plan and the Republic of Indonesia. The relationship between the Colombo Plan and the Republic of Indonesia is very strong since Indonesia joined the Colombo Plan in 1953. Many have gained from the Colombo Plan development projects in power generation, irrigation, education and health, as well as academic and technical scholarship programme.

 

Today, Indonesia is able to assume the leadership in South-south cooperation and while still participating in the Colombo Plan capacity building programmes, it now joins other donor countries in contributing technical assistance grants to the Colombo Plan and sharing experience with other member countries. Indonesia has made impressive achievements in its development.

It is also supporting South-South Cooperation through its own Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (TCDC). In this regard, Indonesia is now in a good position to come forward and share its development model with other Colombo Plan developing member countries, its expertise, skills and technical know-how.

 

For 2011, the Government of Indonesia also continues its support for the Colombo Plan in conducting the Training Course on Empowering Women through the Economic, Social and Cultural Intervention; and Training Course on Disaster Management as well as a pledge of USD 25,000 as voluntary contribution. Once again, the collaboration between the NAM-CSSTC and the Colombo Plan also continue with the joint implementation of this Training Programme on the Rural Community-based Microfinance Development for the Colombo Plan/NAM Member Countries.

 

Distinguished guests and participants,

 

          With its strong experience and capacity in the field of micro finance, Indonesia has successfully carried out the initiative in promoting micro finance as an alternative income-generating mechanism to stimulate the economic growth of developing countries. Through this training programme, Indonesia can share its knowledge and experience in capacity building in microfinance among the Colombo Plan member countries.

 

I believe all participants could apply this opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills/techniques in the areas of microfinance, in particular, the operational aspects of rural community-based microfinance development.

 

Finally, I would like to conclude my remarks by offering the most sincere expression of gratitude and appreciation to the Non-Aligned Movement Centre for South-South Technical Cooperation (NAM-CSSTC) for collaborating with the Colombo Plan Secretariat in this training programme.

 

I wish this training will be successful and bring about significant benefit to the participants in terms of capacity building and international network development. And last but not least, I wish you all, especially our foreign participants, the most enjoyable and memorable stay here in this lovely place in Indonesia, which is Bali.

 

With this wish, I have the pleasure to declare open this Training Programme on Rural Community-based Micro Finance Development for the Colombo Plan/NAM Member Countries.