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 are due to attend the Governing council and Executive committee meeting due to be held on 8-9 October 2019 and on 11 October 2019 respectively by in Hotel Taj Samudra.
His Excellency the president has been invited to participate as chief Invitee at the inaugural ceremony of the Governing Council of CIRDAP at which Agriculture Ministers of 15 member countries are due to attend. The Hon. Minister of Agriculture has been invited to attend as chief gust at the Executive Committee meeting to be held on 08 October 2019
A special programme organized by the Ministry of Agriculture to coincide the “Thripitakabhiwandana Week” was held at the Ministry of Agriculture on 22.03.2019. After observing “Panchaseela” and oath taking the programme commenced with the participation of Ministry officials. The memorial oration of the pragramme was delivered by Honorable professor (Mr.) Sumanapala Galmangoda. He said that the proper study of Abidhamma and the language would pave the way for composing of meaningful songs, poems and various other literary pursuits more beneficial to the society. According to him art is in the interest of the society and not for the art itself. Prof. Galmangoda further said that this noble undertaking initiated under the concept of his Excellency the President is an appreciable more through which it would be possible to bring about a national and religious revival. ”Bakthigeetha” were sung by Ministry offials to grace the occasion. Officials including Ministry Secretary K.D.S.Ruwanchandra participated in this progermme.