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The Colombo Plan (Cooperative Economic and Social Development in Asia and the Pacific)
The Colombo Plan member countries shown in blue
Headquarters Colombo
Official languages English
Type Economic forum
Member countries 25
 -  Secretary-General Malaysia Ms. Patricia Yoon-Moi CHIA
 -  Colombo Plan for
Co-operative Economic
Development in
South and South-East Asia
28 Nov 1950 
 -  Plan operations
1 Jul 1951 

The Colombo Plan is a regional organization that embodies the concept of collective inter-governmental effort to strengthen economic and social development of member countries in the Asia-Pacific Region. The primary focus of all Colombo Plan activities is on human resources development.

The organization was born out of a Commonwealth Conference of Foreign Ministers, held in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), in January 1950. At this meeting, a Consultative Committee was established to provide a framework within which international cooperation efforts could be promoted to raise the living standards of people in the region. Originally conceived as lasting for a period of six years, the Colombo Plan was extended several times until 1980, when it was extended indefinitely.

The "Plan" is not meant to be an integrated master plan to which national plans were expected to conform. It is, instead, a framework for bi-lateral arrangements involving foreign aid and technical assistance for the economic and social development of the region.

The principal organs of the Colombo Plan are - the Consultative Committee, the Council and the Secretariat. Administrative costs of the Council and Secretariat are borne equally by the 25 member countries.

Present members

The Colombo Plan currently has 25 members, including countries in the Asia-Pacific region, non Commonwealth countries and countries belonging to regional groupings such as ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) and SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation).

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Member economy Date of accession
 Afghanistan 1963
 Australia 1950
 Bangladesh 1972
 Bhutan 1962
 Fiji 1972
 India 1950
 Indonesia 1953
 Iran 1966
 Japan 1954
 South Korea 1962
 Laos 1951
 Malaysia 1957
 Maldives 1963
 Mongolia 2004
 Myanmar 1952
 Nepal 1952
 New Zealand 1950
 Pakistan 1950
 Papua New Guinea 1973
 Philippines 1954
 Singapore 1966
 Sri Lanka 1950
 Thailand 1954
 United States of America 1951
 Vietnam 2004

Past members

There have been four Past members of the Colombo Plan including two founding members in 1950, Canada and the United Kingdom. South Vietnam joined in 1951 and on 2 Jul 1976 was succeeded by Socialist Republic of Vietnam which withdrew 1978. Vietnam was a provisional member from 5 Nov 2001 to 18 Nov 2003 until it was accepted in 2004.

Member economy Date of accession Date of deposition
 Canada 1950 1992
 United Kingdom 1950 1991
 Cambodia 1951 2004
 South Vietnam 1951 1975

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