The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) GB convened its 98th session on January 29, 2015 at the CPSC Headquarters in Manila, Philippines. The Board took up seven agenda items which are: Adoption of the Agenda, Adoption of the Minutes of the 97th Governing Board Meeting held June 26, 2014, Summary of Actions Taken based on Board Decisions and Business Arising, Report of CPSC Activities and Financial Status (Midyear Report for FY 2014-2015), Report of External Audit of CPSC's Financial Statements for FY 2013 – 2014, Results of screening/selection of GB Engaged Faculty Consultant, and Announcement of Recruitment of 11th CPSC Director General.
The meeting was presided by Atty. Teodoro C. Pascua, Chairman of the CPSC GB and Deputy Director General of TESDA Philippines. It was attended by the Ambassador of People's Republic of Bangladesh, Ambassador of the Republic of India, Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Director-General of CPSC, representatives from Embassies of Malaysia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka, and representative from the Office of the United Nations and other International Organizations, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines.
Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, CPSC Director General reported the progress made by CPSC for the period July 1 – December 31, 2014 where he emphasized the conduct of regional programs, in-country programs, customized programs and study visits, international conferences and national seminars, special program, Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) accreditation activities, and Professional Internship Program for International Experience (PIPIE). The period generated the highest number of beneficiaries in a given midyear (6 months) which is 1,987 participants. The Director General mentioned that this will not be possible without the guidance of the Board and support of all faculty and staff.
Dr. Naim likewise provided an overview of the operational achievements of CPSC and highlighted the various academic and administrative impacts of CPSC's programs at the country, regional and global levels. Areas covered by the report were governance and management, membership management, external relations and partnership, training programs, projects and consultancy, APACC, research and information dissemination, ICT and multimedia development, building and facilities maintenance and improvement, and financial report.
The Board decided positively on highly significant agenda items. The issues of honorary membership of the Institution of Diploma Engineers (Bangladesh) and enhancement of APACC operations and services were given thumbs up by the Board subject to non-objection of other members who have not intimated their respective governments' responses, in a span of two weeks after the GB meeting. Selection of new GB Engaged Faculty Consultant from India and the mounting of application announcement for the 11th CPSC Director General were also discussed and approved by the GB.
The 99th GB Meeting will be held on June 25, 2015.