A Conference of Plenipotentiaries, which met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 29 July 1978, adopted the aforementioned Agreement setting up, outside the framework of FAO, the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific.
In accordance with paragraph 2, Article XII, the Agreement was open for signature in Kuala Lumpur from 1 to 4 August 1978 and thereafter at FAO Headquarters in Rome.
In accordance with paragraph 4, Article XII, the Agreement entered into force on 23 May 1979. The Agreement was registered with the Secretariat of the United Nations on 14 June 1979 under No. 17852.
At its Sixth Regular Session held in Islamabad in December 1987, the Governing Council of the Centre, acting under the powers conferred on it, adopted amendments to Articles V, VII and X of the Agreement. Pursuant to paragraph 1 of Article XIII of the Agreement, the amendments took effect with respect to all contracting parties on the thirtieth day after their adoption by the Governing Council, i.e. on 9 January 1988.
At its Seventh Regular Session held in Hanoi in December 1989, the Governing Council of the Centre adopted amendments to Articles V, VI, VIII and X and to Section I, Part B of Annex II of the Agreement. The amendments took effect with respect to all contracting parties on 7 January 1990.
Parties to the Agreement
The following are the participants that deposited their instruments on the corresponding date indicated:
Participant / Signature(S) / Ratification(R) / Accession(Ac)
Afghanistan: 20 May 1996(Ac)
Bangladesh: 1 Aug 1978(S) ; 11 Oct 1978(R)
India: 1 Aug 1978(S) ; 5 Feb 1979(R)
Indonesia: 1 Aug 1978(S) ; 23 May 1979(R)
Laos: 1 Aug 1978(S) ; 26 Feb 1980(R)
Malaysia: 1 Aug 1978(S) ; 14 Nov 1979(R)
Myanmar: 9 May 1995(Ac)
Nepal: 1 Aug 1978(S) ; 25 Jun 1979(R)
Pakistan: 1 Aug 1978(S) ; 9 Apr 1979(R)
Philippines: 1 Aug 1978(S) ; 1 Mar 1979(R)
Sri Lanka: 31 Jul 1980(Ac)
Thailand: 11 Feb 1982(S) ; 24 May 1982(R)
Viet Nam: 1 Aug 1978(S) ; 20 Feb 1979(R)