The New Colombo Plan Reference Group was established by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP in 2014, to provide high-level strategic advice and guidance to the Australian Government regarding the implementation of the NCP.
In addition, Reference Group members play a role as ambassadors for the NCP, engaging in promotion and advocacy of the program through their networks. Members may also assist in elements of program implementation subject to availability, for example involvement in scholarship selection processes, New Colombo Plan events, and monitoring and evaluation activities.
On 19 June, 2017, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced a second term for the New Colombo Plan Reference Group in order to build on the achievements of the New Colombo Plan in its first three years and steer the program through its next phase.
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