The Asia-Pacific Regional (APR) Workshop on Innovative Leadership and Effective Communication, hosted by Sri Lanka Scout Association was inaugurated in the morning of 18th November 2011 at the Galadari Hotel, Colombo. The Chief Guest was Hon. Naveen Dissanayake MP, Minister of the Public Management Reforms. Joining him was Mr. Sunil Hettiarachchi, Director General of the Ministry of Economic Development, as a Special Guest.
As part of global support, APR Office is carrying out a consultancy visit in Papua New Guinea (PNG) from 14th to 25th November 2011. This is to support the Scout Association of PNG in capacity building and to overcome challenging issues as agreed with the National Executive Committee.
Despite the current circumstances in Kabul, Afghanistan and its surrounding areas, efforts are being made from different sources to advance Scouting even to other provinces.
The joint strategic planning forum of all sub-committees of the Asia Pacific Region took place at Sriracha, Chonburi Province in Thailand, from October 20-21, 2011. First Vice-Chairman of the APR Scout Committee, Dr. Mohammed Mukhyuddin bin Sarwani, who officially opened the forum said that this is the largest gathering of all sub-committees, with over 60 members in attendance, for a regional planning exercise for the triennium 2012-2015. The Regional Scout Committee is expected to meet subsequently to review the conclusions of the forum.
Chief Executive of Macau Dr Chui Sai On watched on as Scouts gathered at the Workers Stadium and do their annual parade on 9th October 2011. With him at the ceremony was Ms Xu Ting, the Deputy Director-General of the Department of Culture and Education of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Macau, who reviewed the Grand Howl of the Cub Scouts.
The Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on Partnership and Fundraising inaugurated on 15th October 2011 at the Seoul Olympic Parktel, Korea. The workshop looks into the crucial role that partnership and fundraising play in the development of a Scout association.
The annual four-day workshop for the evaluation and planning of the APR Ticket to Life Project was held at the National Office of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) on 7th October 2011, gathering 20 participants from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal and Philippines. Most participants are TTL Project coordinators who are presented with the challenge of making the project self-sustaining. TTL Project is a Scouting program offered to street children in selected countries in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Highlighted at the Committee NSO Visit (CNV) in Malaysia is the extensive work of the Scout association in producing a comprehensive standard operating procedure for risk management to ensure the safety of members in all Scouting activities. This work has been going on for the past three years, prompted by Malaysia’s participation in the APR Risk and Safely Management workshop held in 2003.