Colombo Plan’s new Secretary General targets increased membership Adam Maniku prepares for 2020 with Asia billed to lead global economy

by Zacki Jabbar

The Colombo Plan’s new Secretary General Adam Maniku says that his goals include increasing the organisations membership,with Asia billed to lead the global economy by 2020.

Maniku, a Maldivian national took over from Patricia Yoon-Moi Chia, who completed her term as Secretary General last week.

Speaking to The Island in Colombo after assuming office on Monday, Maniku said that the world was faced with difficult challenges, but the good news was that Asia would be the dominant force by 2020 and he wanted Colombo Plan to be geared for future challenges.

“We have expanded to a 26-member organisation from just seven at its inception in 1950, comprising Australia, Britain, Canada, Ceylon, India, New Zealand and Pakistan,” he said recalling the contribution of Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) and its leaders such as Dudley Senanayake and J .R. Jayewardene.

The priority list included the provision of fresh water, houses for the poor and eradication of poverty, Maniku said adding that Colombo Plan would play a prominent role in training and capacity building.

He said that the drug trade and abuse were a menace that needed to be addressed urgently and they would also be engaged in the process of counselling the victims.

While thanking the Mahinda Rajaksa government for all the support extended to Colombo Plan, Maniku also commended it for bringing peace to the country.

Maniku, a highly accomplished policy maker, has thirty years of experience both nationally and internationally in the areas of finance, banking, poverty alleviation and transport systems.

Since 2008, he has held the post of Minister of State for Transport in the Maldivian Government. Maniku has served as a member of the Privatisation Committee at the President’s Office, which is responsible for steering Public-Private Partnership Policy. He has had a long and distinguished career in Civil Service including 11 years as Deputy Minister of Finance and Treasury and 12 years as General Manager of the Maldives Monetary Authority.

At the international level, Maniku has held a wide variety of senior posts, especially within the multilateral financial institutions. This includes 27 years as IMF’s Alternate Governor and three years as Alternate Governor at the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Islamic Development Bank.

[Sourced from The Island Wednesday, 17 August 2011]

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