TAAN CEO attends SAIEVAC Meeting

30th Aug, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, August 30: South Asian Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC) - SAARC Apex Body - Regional Expert Group Meeting (REGM) has recently been concluded in Colombo, Sri Lanka with a commitment to render tangible inputs to the legislature to be ratified by the Ministerial Level Meeting this year.

The SAARC Apex Body meeting was centered on reviewing the strategies of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (CSAE) and escalating problems of Online Safety (OS) for children of south Asia. The program held intense discussion on a regional strategy for addressing all forms of sexual abuse, exploitation (including online) and trafficking that also builds on the existing situations in different member states.

CEO of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Mr. Tek Bahadur Mahat represented Nepalese Tourism Industry and contributed in setting regional standards and codes of conduct that safeguard children from commercial sexual abuse and exploitation in travel and tourism. Also Mr. Mahat raised the burning concerns of online safety for children and how they should be addressed in digitized globe, particularly in the domain of global tourism.

The meeting also proposed Mr. Mahat among others in the Expert Group Advisory Committee and mandated them to convene a meeting to set the next steps in finalization of the Regional Strategy and other related decisions of the Ministerial Meeting that endorses legislature and next five year plan for the apex body.

The program was chaired by Honorable Chandrani Bandara, Minister of Women and Child Affairs of Sri Lanka. Chairperson of Bangladesh Human Rights commission Mr. Kazi Hoque, CRC Asia Regional Director and representatives of Nepal, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan were present. Also, various representatives from INGO/s working in the field of children attended the program.

Dr. Rinchen Chopel, Director General of SAIEVAC urged state members and private sectors to join hands to eradicate all forms of violence, especially for children making entire region a safer place for kids.