Frequently Asked Questions

Asian Centre for Certification and Education of Addiction Professionals and Drug Advisory Programme

How can we be informed of up-coming programmes of the CPDAP?

All the CPDAP up-coming programmes and related-activities can be found in Calendar of events in the FOCUS, quarterly publication of the Colombo Plan Secretariat which is regularly sent to the national focal point of each member country. Likewise, the same can be seen by visiting the Colombo Plan website: or you can contact national drug focal point for information

How many categories of participants are invited to the CPDAP initiatives?

Category 1:
Participants are provided with return airfare on economy class, conference package, twin-sharing accommodation, airport transfer, free registration and a small daily allowance to cover other expenses.

Category 2:
Participants are provided with conference package, twin-sharing accommodation, airport transfer, and free registration.

Category 3:
Self-sponsorship participants.

How can we be a qualified applicant for a CPDAP programme?

All applications to the CPDAP programmes must be endorsed by the CPDAP National Focal Point in their respective countries. After selection in accordance with the criteria given in the invitation letter, the CPDAP will send an acceptance letter to the national drug focal point informing the applicant was approved to participate.

If we are accepted to participate, how do we purchase the air tickets to attend the programme?

For Category 1 participant, the CPDAP will ask participant to send airfare quotation for comparison and approval. Most likely, the lowest quotation will be issued to the participant. In case the participant purchases the ticket from their home country, they have to submit original receipt and a copy of the air ticket to receive reimbursement from the CPDAP during the event.

How can we obtain visa to attend the CPDAP initiatives?

The acceptance letter, invitation letter and other related documents from CPDAP will be used to apply for visa in the respective countries. For other specific documents, participant can ask from the drug national focal point or direct contact to the CPDAP.

Programme for Private Sector Development

What does Programme for Private Sector Development mean?

The Programme for Private Sector Development (PPSD) established in 1995, promotes the development of private sector, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by building up the capacity of the relevant officials who are responsible for industrial development, SMEs development and entrepreneurship development. The Programme`s scope covers technology transfer, business management and sharing of best practices, trade liberalization, World Trade Organization and trade issues and industrialization policy.

Who are eligible to apply the Colombo Plan training programmes? How to apply it and what are the requirements?

Persons from the Colombo Plan member countries are eligible to apply the training programmes offered by the Colombo Plan.The Colombo Plan will circulate the invitation for the training programmes to the national focal point of member countries. The National Focal Points are responsible to circulate the training offers as widely as possible. All training notifications could also be downloaded from the Colombo plan website. However, applications must be endorsed by the national focal point. Participants should fulfill the following requirements:

a. Applicants must be endorsed by their Governments National Focal Point;
b. Have a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent;
c. Applicants must be fluent in English;
d. Applicants must be middle to senior level officers;
e. Applicants must be medically fit for overseas training; and
f. Other specific requirements by the training institute (will be include in the training notification).

I am a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Am I entitled to participate in the Colombo Plan Private Sector Development training programme?

Yes. However, application should be made through the national focal point of member countries. Only nominations endorsed by the National Focal Points will be selected including participants from non-government organizations.

I was the one of the participants in the PPSD training programme in 2009. Can I participate again in other training programmes?

Yes, if you are nominated again by the national focal point of member countries.

Do I need visa to participate at a Colombo Plan training programme?

Yes. Participants should obtain for visas before departure.

How to get visa if my country do not have the mission or representative of the host in my country?

The Colombo Plan Secretariat will coordinate with the hosting agency for arrangement of the visa on arrival.

How to get the national focal point contact details?

The national focal points contact details can be downloaded from the Colombo Plan website (

Programme for Public Administration & Environment (PPA/ENV)

What are the requirements to apply for the Short Term Programmes under PPA/ENV?

Basically applicant need to be from a Colombo Plan developing member country and his application must be endorsed by the Colombo Plan focal point in the respective countries.

How can I apply for a short term Programme?

You can download the application form from the CP website and forward it to the CP focal point in your country. CP does not accept any application directly from the applicants.

What is the normal duration of a short term programme?

Short term programme duration may vary from 2 days to one month.

Who are eligible for short term programme under PPA/ENV?

Applicant should be a public servant, with experience in the relevant field, within the required age limit, good English proficiency and in good health condition.

What will be provided for participants under the short term programme?

The Colombo Plan will bear the cost of air fare and per diem while the training partner will bear the course fee and the accommodation in the host country.

Long Term Scholarship Programme

Who are eligible for LTSP?

The LTSP is open to all citizen of Colombo Plan member countries provided the applicant complied to all application requirement and endorsed by Colombo Plan national focal point in their own countries.

What are the requirements to apply for the Long Term Scholarship Programme (LTSP)?

Those who have completed their first degree, who has working experience in 3-5 years in the relevant field, does not possess other masters degree, have valid IELTS band 6 or TOEFL 5.5 test score, good health condition and below 45 yrs of age during application. Some universities may have additional requirement for full admission.

How can I apply for the Long Term Scholarship Programme (LTSP)?

You can apply for the LTSP when the notification is made by the Colombo Plan national focal points of member countries. All applications must be endorsed and sent through the national focal point to the Colombo Plan Secretariat before application dateline.

What are the academic programmes offered by the LTSP?

The LTSP only caters for Master’s degree programme in specific areas as offered by member countries universities or institutions of higher learning. The main areas of the courses are Public Policy, Strategy and Diplomacy, Social Sciences, Agriculture, IT Management, International law, etc. Please refer to our website for details.
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