The Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) Program Committee held its annual meeting on January 12-14, 2020 in Malaysia. It was graciously hosted by the Kuala Lumpur YMCA at Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. The ICF Alumni members of the Program Committee met the leaders and Board members of KL YMCA headed by the Very Reverend Philip Thomas and Dr. Chee Loo Fong. The KL YMCA hosted one sumptuous dinner for the Committee.
The Program Committee is composed of the six ICF alumni, General Secretary and Executive Secretary of APAY, ICF Program Coordinator, and the Program Officer. Among the ICF alumni members were Biplob Rangsa, Rina Krebru, Ranny Rith and Sirikanya Chaiwongkeaw but two, namely Tirmiizy Abdullah and Shreeram Chaudhari were not able to come. However, some other ICF alumni who were invited to attend the thematic workshop set after the Program Committee meeting have also had the chance to participate in the meeting.
Mr. Nam Boo Won, APAY General Secretary, and Mr. Duncan Chowdhury, Executive Secretary gave updates on the work of APAY and ICF. Mr. Chowdhury also facilitated the review of the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Program Committee. One feature of the ToR is the staggered term of office of the members. The alumni provided updates of their involvement in Interfaith activities in their respective communities. On the morning of the second day, Dr. Muriel Orevillo-Montenegro, the ICF Coordinator, discussed the results of the external evaluation of ICF and the evaluators’ recommendation for the next project cycle in 2020 to 2023. Then, Baidido Saganding, the ICF Program Officer, facilitated the workshop on committee inputs for the next project phase in 2020-2023. The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss the Peace Summit activity with the Alumni that is scheduled in May this year.
The ICF Program Committee and other alumni are hopeful that through the next project phase implementation, ICF will be able to reach out to more youths in Asia.-Mohaimen K. Arba, SoP 2018, Philippines.