CIRDAP celebrated its 43rd anniversary (6th July) and for launched the World Rural Development Day on 25th July, 2022. Honorable Secretary of Rural Development and Cooperative Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Mr. Md. Moshiur Rahman embraced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Representatives of Embassies of the CIRDAP Member States, Head and Representatives of organization partners, CIRDAP Mentor and Staff also gathered to celebrate the joyous moment of celebration. At the onset of the celebration, the guests and participants remembered the former Director General (DG) late Mr. A.T.M Shamsul Haque (who passed away on 20 July 2022) in a minute of silence.

The DG CIRDAP Dr. Cherdsak Virapat welcomed the guests by his warm speech. In his speech, On behalf of the Chairman of the Governing Council of CIRDAP, H.E. Chalermchai Sri-on, Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives of the Royal Thai Government and the Secretariat, DG CIRDAP expressed his sincere appreciation to the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives for hosting of CIRDAP, for the ongoing contributions and steadfast support throughout the last 43 years since the establishment in 1979. He also thanked the staff of CIRDAP and colleagues who have been working on the preparation of this event.

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After DG’s speech, as a Chief Guest, the Secretary Mr. Md. Moshiur Rahman provided his statement. He said, “I would like to extend my best wishes and heartiest congratulations to CIRDAP on the occasion of its 43rd anniversary. The Centre has progressed toward its vision as a Centre of excellence and multi-level platform for cooperation on integrated rural development in Asia and the Pacific Region”

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The participants engaged in a lively discussion and sharing thoughts and perspectives on the launching of World Rural Development day and also on the various initiatives taken by CIRDAP over the years. At the end of the ceremony, a gift hamper was presented to the Secretary by DG CIRDAP and also each of the guests and staff got one SDG pin.

Here are few snapshots of the event: