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4.0. Countries represented and participants

Countries attending were Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam. The participants were nominated by the respective governments, and their participation was facilitated through FAO representations in these countries.

The UN agencies and research institutions situated in Thailand also were invited to participate. The following agencies were represented: the Asian Institute of Technology, the Economic and Social Council for Asia and the Pacific, Chulalongkorn University, Kasetsart University, the United Nations Development Programme and UNICEF. A list of the participants is included as Attachment 1. Among the 18 participants, 6 were men and 12 were women.

The participants' backgrounds were such that they represented multidisciplinary expertise; they had responsibility for planning, for local governance or for agriculture planning.

4.1. Selection of office bearers

The meeting unanimously elected the following office bearers:


Nargis S. Nahar
Deputy Chief
Planning Commission
Government of Bangladesh

Vice Chairperson:

W. H. Munasinghe
Deputy Director
Human Settlement Division
Department of National Planning
Ministry of Finance and Planning
Government of Sri Lanka

The FAO secretariat provided a reporter for the workshop, Leonie Venroy, SNV Netherlands.

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