CPSC’s Midyear Performance Appraised at the 108th Governing Board Meeting

108th GBM Members and Representatives (L-R): Ms. Saadia Awan, Charge d’ Affaires, a.i., Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan; H.E. Betty Palaso, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea; H.E. U Lwin Oo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar; Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, Director General, CPSC; H.E. Asad Alam Siam, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh; H.E. Norman Bin Muhamad, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Malaysia and GB Vice-Chairperson; H.E. Jaideep Mazumdar, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Republic of India and GB Chairperson; Mrs. Pattama Weerawanit, Deputy Secretary-General, Office of Vocational Education Commission, Thailand; H.E. Gerard Ho Wei Hong, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Republic of Singapore; Ms. Maria Susan P. Dela Rama, Executive Director – Certification Office, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Philippines; H.E. Shobini Gunasekera, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka; Ms. Ethel Molina, Assistant for Socio-Cultural Division, United Nations and International Organizations – Department of Foreign Affairs (UNIO-DFA), Philippines, and Mr. Athippatai Potang, Director, Bureau of Vocational Education Standard and Qualification, Office of Vocational Education Commission, Thailand

The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) has yet again upheld its mandate and relevance as the members of the Governing Board evaluated CPSC’s midyear performance during the Governing Board Meeting (GBM) held on January 30, 2020 at the CPSC Conference Room of the CPSC Building in Manila, Philippines. Key developments and achievements are laid out in the report, which was presented by the CPSC Director General Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane. The accomplishments were well-received by the members of the board, who are keen as well on CPSC’s plans for the rest of the Fiscal Year

Aside from the midyear performance review which covers the period of June-December 2019, the GBM also tackled CPSC’s financial status for the same period, as well as CPSC’s Financial Statement Report for the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 done by external auditors Abad, Valdez, and Company. Prior to these main items, the board had conferred on the Adoption of the Provisional Agenda, Adoption of the Minutes of the 107th GBM, and the Summary of Actions Taken Based on Board Decisions and Business Arising.

The GBM made a poignant turn as the Governing Board Chairperson and Member for India, H.E. Jaideep Mazumdar, informed the board members of the demise of the son of CPSC’s Seconded Faculty Consultant from India, Dr. Vijay Patil. The board extended its condolences to Dr. Patil and his family. The meeting concluded with the decision on the tentative schedule of the next GBM on June 25, 2020.

The 108th GBM was attended by the ambassadors of India, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, and Sri Lanka; representatives from the Embassy of Pakistan as well as from the United Nations and International Organizations – Department of Foreign Affairs (UNIO-DFA) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) of the Philippines; Deputy Secretary-General of the Office of Vocational Education Commission representing Thailand; observers from the embassies of Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand; and the CPSC Director General as Member Secretary together with the CPSC Secretariat.