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Mauritius to chair African-Asian Rural Development Organisation over 2015-17

Mauritius to chair African-Asian Rural Development Organisation over 2015-17

Mauritius has been called upon to take over the chairmanship of AARDO for the triennium 2015-2017, which will be an honour as well as an opportunity for the island economy to bridge the two continents in a true spirit of South-South cooperation, through avenues such as diplomatic channels, memberships in regional blocs and friendly ties. (Image: AARDO)

In a great honour for the island economy, Mauritius has not only been chosen to host the prestigious conference of the African-Asian Rural Development Organisation (AARDO), starting yesterday, but has also been asked to chair AARDO for the triennium 2015-2017 as a symbol of the enduring relationships it enjoys with both the continents.

The opening ceremony of the African-Asian Rural Development Organisation (AARDO) Conference was held yesterday, 07 April 2015, at the Le Meridien Hotel in Pointe aux Piments in Mauritius.

Mauritian Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth noted a ‘significant increase’ in the necessity for inclusive growth.

“Progress cannot be achieved without the integration and full participation of the entire population. Empowering individuals, building fairer societies should be top most priorities for all governments, policy makers and practitioners,” he stressed.

He added that Mauritius reiterated its full support to AARDO in its noble mission of transforming rural communities of member countries. Although a lot of progress has been achieved in various domains, there are still unacceptable levels of exclusion, he rued.

“We cannot, therefore, be a passive witness of pervasive poverty, systematic unemployment, inhuman inequalities, heartbreaking malnutrition and deprivation for many millions in some part of African and Asians. We have to act. We have to cooperate and move forward with optimism, zeal and determination,” stated Anerood Jugnauth.

Mauritius has been called upon to take over the chairmanship of AARDO from Egypt for the triennium 2015-2017, which will be an honour as well as an opportunity for the island economy to bridge the two continents in a true spirit of South-South cooperation. On that score Mauritius and all member countries will have to forcefully advocate AARDO’s through diplomatic channels, memberships in regional blocs and friendly ties.

The Prime Minister highlighted that it is imperative that new ideas crop up and concrete actions be taken to attract non-member States to join AARDO and make it a more vibrant platform.

With an enhanced membership base, AARDO will have much to contribute towards the critical sustainable development goals that the world community is presently discussing and preparing as a successor to the Millennium Development Goals.

The Secretary General of AARDO, Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, pointed out that in the coming years, AARDO will focus more on the grass-roots level activities, targeting farmers, fishermen, women, youth and poor through national and local level programmes.

AARDO activities will be geared towards low cost housing, promotion of fisheries, and sericulture and other activities with high  potential for employment and income generation, he concluded.

African-Asian Rural Development Organisation (AARDO) profile:

Established in 1962, AARDO promotes rural development, and develops understanding amongst its 29 member states to explore collectively opportunities for coordination of efforts for promoting welfare and eradication of thirst, hunger, illiteracy, diseases and poverty amongst rural people. Other areas of concern are: poverty alleviation; sustainable agricultural development; integrated rural development; women’s empowerment; decentralization and community empowerment; and environment and climatic changes in the context of rural development.

Furthermore, AARDO supplements the efforts of member countries and provides ample opportunities to the officials/experts of its member countries to jointly discuss their problems, learn from the experiences of other countries who have already made tremendous progress in the field of agriculture and rural development, to exchange views, ideas, information and develop understanding amongst themselves for collectively exploring opportunities for coordination of efforts towards promotion of rural and agriculture development.

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