ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has been elected as a member of Afro-Asian Rural Development Organization’s Executive Committee after hard toiling of 15 years. General Conference Session of Afro-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) was held in Cairo, Egypt from 31st January to 2nd February, 2012.

Ministers/Secretaries from member countries participated in the conference. Qamar Zaman Ch., Secretary Ministry of Professional & Technical Training (P&TT), represented Pakistan. The AARDO’s General Conference approved two decisions pertaining to Pakistan.

As per an official statement Pakistan has been elected as a member of the Executive Committee of AARDO after a good lobbying effort amongst the member countries.

AARDO has at present five regional offices in Asia and Africa. In the General Conference meeting of AARDO, sixth regional office for South Asia has been approved to be established in Pakistan.

It has been stated that these offices assist AARDO Secretariat to implement policies and programmes in their respective regions so it might prove beneficiary for Pakistan in coming future having office in the country.

It is worth mentioning here that Pakistan is a member of AARDO since 1997.

The Organization has 29 members with its head quarter in New Delhi. It is engaged in rural development in member countries in Africa and Asia. Ministry of P&TT is the contact Ministry and AHK-NCRD is the link institution to work with AARDO on behalf of Government of Pakistan.