The preparatory meeting was held at the COAST Principal Office, Dhaka on February 02, 2015. The meeting was presided over by Badrul Alam of Bangladesh Krishak Federation. Golam Sarwar (BAFLAF), Subal Sarkar (BBS), Jayed Iqbal Khan (BKF-JI), Sabina Yasmin (BKS), Shibly Anwar (LRC) and Rina Akhter of KKM were present in the meeting. The meeting was facilitated by Md. Mujibul Haque Munir of COAST Trust.
Discussion and Decision
01. Plan of Activities for the First Quarter
The Workshop to Review organizational status and the previous year will be held on 10th February. Two persons from each organization will participate.
Monthly meeting for February will be organized on 28th February.
Other planned activities for the first quarter are: In house assessment meeting, workshop to review organizational plan, preparation of profile and if budget permits the external survey on the FOs
02. New participating organization
According to plan of MTCP2 Bangladesh, a new organization will be included, Bangladesh Fishworkers Alliance will be participating in MTCP2 Bangladesh. As in Bangladesh we have farmers, female farmers, indigenous group, farm laboures, fisher group will add a new dimension in terms of participation. In 2016 we will include more two organizations; one proposal is BAFLF women wing.
03. Bank Account opening
An organizational Bank account is must for fund transfer. Bust some FOs are experiencing difficulties in opening Bank Account, two proposals in this regard:
COAST will support to open the Bank Joint Account in Krishi Bank as a Project of COAST, or they will have to open their account within March. Final decision in this regard will be informed on 10th February Meeting.
04. Travel Allowance
Presently all participants are getting same amount as travel allowance for meeting participation. Meeting suggests that, it is not fair for the participants join from out of Dhaka. So, there is a proposal to allocate BDT 1500 for participants from out of the Dhaka and BDT 800 for participants come from within Dhaka.
Preparation of Organizational Profile in IFAD prescribed format is an important activities of MTCP2. The secretariat is responsible to do that with the support of the FO. To prepare the profile organizational visits will be made from COAST. In February there will be two visits
06. External Survey
An external survey will be conducted to identify the strength, weakness of participating organizations. The survey will also identify recommendations. The meeting welcomes the idea and process.
As there was no other discussion the chair concluded the meeting with vote of thanks.