Colombo Plan for Cooperative Economic and Social Development in Asia and the Pacific (CPS)

Plan de Colombo pour la coopération économique et sociale en Asie et dans le Pacifique

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May 1950, following a proposal for a Colombo Plan for Cooperative Economic Development in South and South-East Asia, put forward by the meeting of Commonwealth and Foreign Ministers, Jan 1950, Colombo. In pursuance of an agreement of this meeting, a Consultative Committee was formed at subsequent meetings in the same year, in Sydney (Australia) and later in London (UK). Technical Cooperation under the Plan commenced Mar 1951; the Plan came into full operation in Jul 1951, with the commencement of capital aid operations and launching of national development plans. Current name adopted Dec 1977. The Plan was initially set up for 6 years; subsequent action by the Consultative Committee extended it from 1957-1961, 1961-1966, 1966-1971, 1971-1976 and 1976-1981; and, at the 28th Meeting of the Consultative Committee in Nov 1980, Jakarta (Indonesia), the Plan was extended indefinitely, its need and relevance henceforth being examined only if considered necessary.


Promote interest in and support for the economic and social development of Asia and the Pacific; promote technical cooperation and assist in the sharing and transfer of technology among member countries; keep under review relevant information on technical cooperation between member governments, multilateral and other agencies so as to accelerate development through cooperative effort; facilitate transfer and sharing of the developmental experiences among member countries within the region with emphasis on the concept of South-South cooperation.


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Consultative Committee (CCM); Colombo Plan Council; Colombo Plan Secretariat, headed by Secretary-General. Permanent Programmes (4): Drug Advisory Programme (DAP); Programme for Public Administration and Environment (PPA and ENV); Programme for Private Sector Development (PPSD); Long-Term Scholarships Programme (LTSP). International Centre for Credentialing and Education of Addiction Professionals (ICCE) serves as training and credentialing arm of DAP. Colombo Plan Gender Affairs Programme (CPGAP). Also includes: F-XF9578 - Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC).


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GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



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