What is Panasco?
Panasco is a Conference of congress members from the St Vincent de Paul Society in the Asia and Oceanic regions. ‘Panasco’ stands for ‘Pan Asian Congress/Conference’.
Panasco was an initiative of the Australian St Vincent de Paul Society and the first Conference was held in Sydney in 1968. Since then Panasco has been held in Singapore in 1975, in Sydney in 1989, in the Philippines in 1994, in South Korea in 2001, in Perth in 2006, and in India in 2010 and in Malaysia in 2014. Panasco was due to be held in Hong Kong in November 2019 but was deferred due to the civil unrest in the country. It has now been deferred indefinitely due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Who benefits from Panasco?
A Panasco Conference is usually held every four years for members of the St Vincent de Paul Society to share their experiences in helping and serving people experiencing poverty and marginalisation.
Through discussions, key note speeches, networking and prayer, Vincentians learn new ways to gain ideas on how to serve people in need of their assistance regardless of where they live.