Arab and Asia-Pacific hold first-ever International Commissioners Gathering
A historical milestone for the Arab and Asia-Pacific Scouting Regions happened at the first-ever virtual NSOs International Commissioners (IC) Gathering on 20 November 2021.
The gathering aims to strengthen relationship and develop mutual cooperation among National Scout Organizations in Arab and Asia-Pacific Regions. International Commissioners opened a great opportunity to discuss common grounds of interest.
Mr. Amr Hamdy, Arab Regional Director, shared his joy and appreciation in his welcome speech. He was thrilled that this was a turning point in creating several activities in helping to create a better world for Scouting in both regions. He said, "I think that the best and first thing that we should do to create a better world is to know each other, to start looking and exploring what can we do to create a better world. How can we make it easier? How can we open channels of communication between young people in all regions?"
Amb. Ahmad Rusdi, Asia-Pacific Region Committee Chairman shared a common point of view with Mr. Hamdy. He emphasized that Arab and Asia-Pacific are neighbors and friends. He encouraged everyone present to use this gathering to reinforce the role and influence of international commissioners in accomplishing strategic plans and renew the Scouting spirit in the post-pandemic era.
“We have many similarities and have been sharing a common vision and goals. The diversity of each region is there to appreciate and to support each other,” he said.
Mr. Shimada, International Commissioner of Japan and First Vice-Chairperson of APR Committee, gave a touching statement. He said, "In Japan, we have a saying that to be a good commissioner, you must meet a good commissioner."
The International Commissioners had a brief but fruitful discussion in breakout group topics such as Cooperation and Linkages between NSOs, Potential Partnerships with other Entities, Understanding your Role in the Strategy for Scouting, and Scouting in the post Pandemic Era.
In the form of recommendations, Arab and Asia-Pacific International Commissioners foresee a strengthened bond and lasting relationship between the two Regions.
Jose Rizal P. Pangilinan, Asia-Pacific Regional Director, concluded the gathering saying, “this is the start of a lasting friendship and the beginning of an exceptional cooperation.”