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Colombo Plan 2024

The Colombo Plan focuses on the development of human resources in the south and southeast Asia. It is an intergovernmental organization that was held in Colombo, Ceylan (which is now Sri Lanka). The Colombo Plan has a host country agreement with the Government of Sri Lanka which forms a memorandum of understanding that includes immunities and privileges which are given out by the Sri Lankan Government.

How Was The Colombo Plan Created?

The Colombo Plan officially began operations in 1951 on July 1st. It was created and conceived at the international Commonwealth Conference on Foreign Affairs that was held in what is now Sri Lanka. In 1950, it began with the finance ministers of the UK, Canada, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) Pakistan, New Zealand, and Australia. There are now over 28 governments that are included in the Colombo plan. Between 1950 and 1983, 72$ worth of funding has been given to the organization, of which USD 41 billion was funded by the United States.

Over the years since its founding, the concept of human resource development needed to be reviewed and put in the spotlight. The Colombo Plan has shifted to take into account the needs of its member countries, especially as technological advancements have created an accelerated economic impact on those nations.

What Does The Colombo Plan Do?

The Colombo Plan has implemented six different programs throughout the years, which have shaped the way it has moved forward. In 1951, which was the program's inception, the focus was on education for those who are economically disadvantaged. This began the Long-Term Scholarships Programme which used donated funds collected by the organization to help children, adolescents and adults to learn the skills necessary to become employed via higher education.

In 1973, the second program was opened, which focused on the growing global drug epidemic. The Drug Advisory Programme was created to inform the public about drug trafficking, as a way to both combat and further prevent the allure to join cartels and other adjacent behaviour. Sri Lanka and all member nations were all vulnerable at this time, as drug trafficking was prominent both in developed and underdeveloped countries, either for labor or as a secondary market for sale and resale.

In 1995, the organization launched two programs, the Programme for Private Sector Development and the Programme for Public Administration & Environment. Of course, global macroeconomic factors were focused on a shifting economy toward a more technological and digital landscape. this meant that funding was needed for both the education and development of private businesses, while also trying to minimize the risk posed to the public at large, holding public servants and corporate magnates accountable for their actions.

In 2014, the Gender Affairs Programme was established as the world was noticing a focus on gender equality and expression. Increased violence towards minorities presented an opportunity to educate member countries about equal access to resources and labor.

The most recent program was introduced in 2016, named the Programme for Environment and Climate Change. With the growing issue of fossil fuel burning and the current energy crisis, every nation should now have equal access to alternative and clean energy sources.

  • Countries which have a date of deposition are countries that have left the Columbo Plan

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Country
Date of Accession
Date of Desposition
Member
Chile2021
Saudi Arabia2012
Brunei2008
Vietnam2004
Mongolia2004
Papua New Guinea1973
Bangladesh1972
Fiji1972
Iran1966
Singapore1966
Afghanistan1963
Maldives1963
Tanzania19621964
Italy19621946
South Korea1962
Bhutan1962
Malaysia1957
Greece19571979
Japan1954
Philippines1954
Thailand1954
Indonesia1953
Myanmar1952
Nepal1952
India1951
United States1951
Pakistan1951
Australia1951
Sri Lanka1951
Cambodia19511975
Laos1951
New Zealand1951
United Kingdom19501991
Canada19501992
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Which countries are part of the Colombo Plan?

The original members of the Colombo Plan were the UK, Canada, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Australia, but there are 28 total countries involved in it today.

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