1. The summary of the program
NARBO Benchmarking meeting (NARBO members consultation meeting) and overall session as plenary members’ meeting of NARBO were held on November29 and 30 at Batu-Malang, East Java, Indonesia with 55 participants from 11 countries. Batu-Malang is the memorial place for NARBO because the First NARBO General Meeting was held and NARBO was born here this February. Also the headquarters of Jasa Tirta 1 Public Corporation whose jurisdiction is over Brantas River Basin which is well known among Indonesian river engineers as the place of “Brantas Spirit” who are involved in river-related internal/international projects is here Batu and Jasa Tirta 1 Public Corporation plays vital roles in NARBO activities.
2. Benchmarking Workshop
The purpose of this meeting was to hold the ADB & IWMI leading benchmarking workshops which aims at setting the goals for picked items on RBOs' present situations and then realizing members' organizational capacity improvement by achieving the goals. At the meeting, they agreed that the system how to set the goals and how to achieve these goals would be discussed from now and the model basin (see below pls) would be selected out to do this alongside discussions. More detailed information, please see ADB website. (You can go through "links")
3. Appointment of NARBO Acting Vice-Chairperson
Dr. M.U.A Tennakoon, PhD, DSC, Director General of the Mahaweli Authority in Sri Lanka (MASL), was hereby appointed as new NARBO Acting Vice Chairperson on 29th November 2004 at NARBO workshop
4. Announcement of the Twinning Program
NARBO Secretariat chaired the overall session to take of this opportunity and announced the commencement of the Twinning Program that is one of the NARBO activities. The purposes of the Twinning Program are to promote exchanges in various fields among RBOs, to improve members' organizational capacity and to deepen common understandings that are needed to do NARBO activities. As the first case of the Twinning Program, JWA, Indonesian NARBO (PJT1 and PJT2) exchanged MOU with attendance of Dr. Basuki, Chairman of NARBO and Mr. Tanacoon, Acting Vice Chairman of NARBO and many other participants.
Keyword: “implementation and concrete action”
These three organizations (JWA, PJT1 and PJT2) are going to set up the specific activity program and then implement the program based on the spirit of ownership. Implementation is very basic idea of water resources development and management.
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