PPD Executive Director Mr. Adnene Ben Haj Aissa tendered his resignation to the Chair of PPD with effect from 26 May 2022, while the recruitment of a New Executive Director has still been under process and expected to be completed during the 37th Executive Committee Meeting scheduled for July 2022. Concurrently with the approval of his resignation, the Chair of PPD H.E. Ms. Lindiwe Zulu MP, Hon. Minister of Social Development of the Government of South Africa designated the Program Manager of PPD Africa Regional Office (ARO) Mr. Patrick Mugirwa as the Officer-in-Charge of PPD Secretariat to avoid a vacuum in the Secretariat Management. PPD Secretariat under the leadership of the outgoing Executive Director and very dynamic support of the PCC of Bangladesh, relocated the OIC Mr. Patrick Mugirwa to PPD Secretariat in Dhaka to take over the charges from Mr. Adnene Ben Haj Aissa and discharge his duties.
The Honourable Chair of PPD also dispatched a very high-level South African government delegation consisting of the senior officials from her Ministry to oversee the smooth transition of PPD Secretariat management in concert with the PCC of Bangladesh and also to discuss with the Bangladesh PCC about the preparations for the forthcoming 37th Executive Committee Meeting scheduled for 17 and 18 July 2022. The South African government delegation in a meeting with the Bangladesh PCC Dr. Ashrafi Ahmad ndc at the latter’s Office on 24 May 2022, requested her involvement and support in the smooth transition of the Secretariat Management and for the seamless preparations for the 37th Executive Committee Meeting. The Bangladesh PCC Dr. Ashrafi Ahmad ndc warmly welcomed the South African delegation, had in-depth discussion and exchanges in a cordial atmosphere and assured necessary support and assistance to the PPD Secretariat management transition and preparations for the 37th Executive Committee Meeting. The South African delegation completed their mission by witnessing the handing over and taking over between the outgoing Executive Director and the Officer-in-Charge.
The South African delegation from the Office of the Chair of PPD also had exchange of views with the senior officials of the PPD Secretariat on the overall working environment prevailing in the PPD Secretariat including the transition in the management and preparations for the forthcoming 37th Executive Committee Meeting. The Office of the Bangladesh PCC and PPD Secretariat Staff Members assembled in a reception hosted in honour of the visiting South African delegation.