AIDF Launches Unique Asia-Pacific Forum with Strong Humanitarian Sector Support
We are pleased to announce our key note speaker for AIDF Asia-Pacific is Oliver Lacey-Hall, Head of Regional Office UN OCHA.
Online PR News – 02-October-2012 – London, UK – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
London, UK - The Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) is proud to announce its partnership with the RMA Group to launch the inaugural Asia-Pacific event in Bangkok, 30-31st January 2013 to complement the established Washington D.C. event.
AIDF is a leading global event for NGOs, governments, intergovernmental organisations, aid agencies and the UN to meet in order to share best practices, debate key issues in the aid and international development sector, exhibit new technologies and services, and create new partnerships. The Forum is open to the public and free to attend.
AIDF organizers are working with Expert Advisors from organizations including UN OCHA, ECHO, UN FAO, IFRC, ShelterBox and the HLA. The event is also supported by World Vision, Caritas Asia, UNDP and JICA among other organizations. Oliver Lacey-Hall, Head of UN OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific who will be opening the show with a keynote speech said in support of the event “Asia and the Pacific are undergoing enormous change - including in the fields of disaster management and emergency response. OCHA sees AIDF as a venue where national authorities and NGOs, regional organizations, the private sector, international agencies and others can come together and contribute to charting a dynamic and forward looking agenda to meet the region’s humanitarian and disaster management challenges in the Asian century”.
Sula Bruce, AIDF Event Director said “we are encouraged by the level of support that we have received in launching our first ever Asia-Pacific event. The organizations we are working with are keen to use the event as a platform to build new and strengthen existing cross-sector partnerships. Partnerships have always been at the core of AIDF’s ethos and with such support, we are excited about what we can achieve at AIDF Asia-Pacific
Twenty panel discussions, interactive sessions and roundtable debates will make up an engaging agenda at the cutting edge of delivery and implementation. Key themes include Partnerships and Cross-Asia Co-operation, Pre positioning and Rapid Disaster Response, how to leverage a Pacific hub to respond more efficiently, and Local Empowerment and Responsible Procurement.
AIDF is supported by the RMA Group who will also be sponsoring the ‘RMA Group NGO Zone’, exhibition space free of charge to qualifying NGOs to enable smaller NGOs to attend the event, thereby enhancing the experience for both visitors and exhibitors.
About RMA Group
Headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand, RMA is an international company with a global presence providing essential automotive and infrastructure solutions for clients operating in difficult markets and terrains. Where a country is in transition or the early stages of recovery, entire populations are often in need of basic infrastructure support for such essentials as power, fresh water, transportation; they are often at risk of illness and disease. RMA is a provider of the equipment, services, and comprehensive solutions that respond to commercial and humanitarian needs in such environments.
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