Centre of Integrated Rural Development in Asia Pacific Region (CIRDAP) is an international Organization of regional Countries established in 1979 with its Head Office in Bangladesh, and 15 Countries have obtained its membership. They are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji - islands, India, Indonisia, Iran, Laos, Malasia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippine, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam Sri Lanka obtained its membership in 1980 and has been an active member Up to date.
Countries in Asia – Pacific region holding member ship of this organization have built net work Co- ordination among themselves where by gaining an opportunity for approaching various a agencies and development partnerships of those Countries, for arriving at collective policy decision in matters of common interest relating to rural development and for obtaining assistance of outside development partners on rural development needs of member countries. In addition opportunities have also been given to follow good practices and reach innovations by collaborating with development Partners to exchange Knowledge on new findings with good practices also becoming partners of the relevant research undertakings relating to rural development.
Governing council and Executive committee Meeting of CIRDAP is held once in 2 years and the opportunity for same is given in accordance with English Alphabetical order. Accordingly at the Governing council meeting held in Philippine in 2017 it was proposed to held the next meeting in Sri Lanka.
Following the request made to the Agriculture Minister in Sri Lanka by the Secretary General of CIRDAP and the discussions followed when the latter visited this country it was decided to conduct these a two meetings in Sri Lanka. Accordingly action was taken to obtain cabinet approval for holding these meetings in Sri Lanka.
Hon. Ministers in charge of the subject of agriculture of member countries and high ranking officials on this subject have attend the Governing council and Executive committee meeting held on 8-9 October 2019 and on 11 October 2019 respectively by in Hotel Taj Samudra.
The Speaker of the Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka participated as chief Invitee at the inaugural ceremony while The Hon. State Minister Mr.Amir Ali, Ministry Secretary Mr. K.D.S.Ruwanchandra and Secretaries and addl. Secretaries of Agriculture member countries was also participated.