Deputy Minister of Local Authorities elected President of AARDO

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Mr. Augustine Collins Ntim, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, has been elected President of the Afro-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) for the triennium 2021-2023 and the extended year 2024.

By convention, the outgoing President, Mr. Sri Mahadzir bin Khalid, Minister of Rural Development, Government of Malaysia, will be the Vice-President of the Organization.

This was announced on Wednesday during the 20th Virtual and Hybrid General Session of the ongoing AARDO Conference in Accra.

The two-day conference hosted by Ghana marks the 73rd and 74th sessions of the Executive Committee.

Mr. Ntim, in his remarks, said Ghana is committed to advancing the goals of AARDO with a unified front to promote new initiatives aimed at building local capacities, entrepreneurial skills and generating opportunities for AARDO in as key ingredients for poverty reduction and sustainable rural development.

He said Ghana, over the past four years, has charted a new course to achieve food security across the country with five flagship programs on agriculture and agribusiness.

“To ensure sustainable food production, the government of Ghana has introduced ‘Plant for Food and Jobs’ as an entrepreneurial initiative to modernize agriculture and position it as a tool for rural development.

“The government of Ghana has implemented this initiative by distributing inputs through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and district assemblies to ensure that the distribution of inputs through decentralized structures can be verified. and monitored, ”he said.

Mr. Ntim stated Ghana’s commitment to assist member countries looking to invest in value addition and agriculture in their respective countries, stating: “Ghana has opened its doors to neighboring countries, sharing the gains made and the challenges faced in modernizing agriculture as well as efforts to improve yields, the agricultural value chain and agro-industry as a whole. ”

The president-elect praised his predecessor for his leadership role who had championed the deliberations on rural development under the auspices of AARDO and called for support to continue the good work.

Nana Ato Arthur, Head of Local Government Department, said Ghana has demonstrated its commitment to the values ​​and aspirations of AARDO and will continue to do so for the collective good of all member countries.

He said Ghana’s vision for rural development is based on adding value to raw products and industrializing towards the goal of “Ghana beyond aid”.

“With our strategic position as the center of the world, Ghana is home to the secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area and we look forward to serving the continent and beyond,” he said.

Mr. Sri Mahadzir bin Khalid, Minister of Rural Development in the Government of Malaysia, outgoing Chairman of AARDO, said the new standard which had “forced” members into a hybrid and physical conference was a testament to the full inclusion of the technology in rural development. to ensure the overall achievement of goals one, two, seven, nine, 13, 14 and 15 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ghana joined AARDO in 1965 after its founding in 1962.
AARDO is an organization centered on the rural world which subscribes to the spirit of South-South and triangular cooperation.

It is a manifestation of solidarity between the peoples of Africa and Asia.

The formation of the Afro-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) formerly known as the Afro-Asian Rural Development Organization in 1962 underscored the foresight of social and political leaders in Asia and Africa in recognizing the need for cooperation between countries in the field of agriculture and rural development.

AARDO, which is one of the earliest examples of South-South cooperation in rural development in the Afro-Asian region, is an autonomous intergovernmental organization comprising the governments of countries in Africa and Asia.

The Organization should promote coordinated efforts, the exchange of experiences and cooperative action to promote the development objectives of rural areas.

AARDO, a non-political body, enjoys observer status with various United Nations organizations and other international organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Development Fund Agriculture (IFAD), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Alliance international cooperative (ICA), Integrated Rural Development Center for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP), etc.

It also encourages collaboration with various international organizations for the economic and social well-being of the rural community.

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