CHANGE OF LOCATION: The 13th Asia Pacific Regional Conference and 7th Friends of Asia Pacific WAGGGS have been moved from Sri Lanka to Taiwan.
We are writing to follow up on the communication to you two weeks ago following the incidents in Sri Lanka. The Asia Pacific Regional Committee has done a risk assessment and consultation with Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association during this period.
It is with a heavy heart that the Asia Pacific Regional Committee came to the decision of changing the location of the 13th Asia Pacific Regional Conference and 7th Friends of Asia Pacific WAGGGS Gathering from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Taipei, Taiwan.
We would like to express our deepest appreciation to Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association for all the preparation work done to host the conference, and to Girl Scouts of Taiwan for willing to take up the challenge to host the conference under short notice. Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association will still play a role in the conference, as we are working on a model that will enable Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association to co-host the conference with Girl Scouts of Taiwan.
The Asia Pacific Regional Committee and Girl Scouts of Taiwan are trying to work on a budget that will not exceed the twin-sharing fees of USD 950 per person for the conference and USD 750 per person for the FAPW gathering. Therefore, kindly allow us some time before we share more information with you.
Meanwhile, to encourage more participation at both events, we are also working on extending the normal fee registration period. We will send you the information in due course. There will be chance for registered participants to review your registration and for new participants to register. Member Organisations which need more observer places are also encouraged to inform the APR Committee.
In respect to the requests from Member Organisations with members celebrating the Eid al-Adha festival, the APR Committee has decided to postpone the conference dates by one day. The new set of dates are as follows:
10 Aug (Sat) – Arrival of young women event participants
11 Aug (Sun) – Young women event day 1
12 Aug (Mon) – Young women event day 2 / Arrival of APR conference & FAPW gathering participants
13 Aug (Tues) – Conference day 1 / FAPW gathering day 1
14 Aug (Wed) – Conference day 2 / FAPW gathering day 2
15 Aug (Thurs) – Conference day 3 / FAPW gathering day 3
16 Aug (Fri) – Conference day 4 / FAPW gathering departure / APR 50th anniversary dinner
17 Aug (Sat) – Conference day 5 – business closes at lunch, tour in afternoon or participants can depart (To be confirmed)
18 Aug (Sun) – Conference participants departure / APR committee handover meeting to new committee, induction of new committee
19 Aug (Mon) – Committee departure
We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter. We will share you details of the new location as soon as possible, hopefully within 1-2 weeks.
With best regards,
Chair, Asia Pacific Regional Committee
Chair, Planning Team of the 13th Asia Pacific Regional Conference