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National Workshop to present Findings of the Assessment Study on Trade of Agricultural Goods in ASEAN: Cambodia

Opening Remarks by H.E Dr. Hean Vanhan, Government Delegate in charge of Director General of GDA.

Opening Remarks by H.E Dr. Hean Vanhan, Government Delegate in charge of Director General of GDA.

20 April 2018

The ASEAN Economic Community has determined that trade within the region is to be increased and has also defined Agriculture as a core sector. Within ASEAN approximately 30 per cent of trade take place between the Member States. Although in general the level of intra-ASEAN trade is low, trade in agricultural goods (fruits and vegetables) between Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam is significantly higher. For fresh agricultural goods, one explanation of this constraint includes gaps in the regulations on food safety and phytosanitary measures (and the associated processes) among ASEAN countries, which can hinder and slow down the movement of goods across borders.

Facilitating Trade for Agricultural Goods in ASEAN or FTAG was initiated to encourage free movement of goods to increase intra-ASEAN trade, implementing in collaboration with Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam to support facilitation of trade in agricultural goods in ASEAN by emphasizing food safety and phytosanitary measures.

Cambodia can utilize unexploited potential for increasing the economic output and, Cambodian companies engaged in trading between Thailand and Vietnam, can benefit from the trade facilitation and harmonized regulations. A reduction in the cost of border transit due to simplification of regulations and processes benefits not only the traders but also potentially consumers through lower consumer prices, which benefit population groups threatened by poverty. Cambodian consumers also profit from more consistent food quality and potentially lower consumer costs.

The FTAG project has initiated the study on “Assessment of Framework Conditions for Trade in Fresh Fruits in Cambodia” (with specific emphasis on trade in mango, banana, longan, lychee, chili, and dragon fruit in the trade with Thailand and Vietnam) with the objective of providing overview of the situation and identifying potential obstacles to facilitate trade.

Therefore, on March 28, 2018, a National Workshop to present​  findings of the “Assessment study on trade of agricultural goods in ASEAN: Cambodia” was organized by the FTAG project through GIZ, in cooperation with the General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA).

Presentation the prioritized issues and recommendation of group works.

Presentation the prioritized issues and recommendation of group works.

65 participants from various stakeholder participated in this Workshop as a platform for the key stakeholders to jointly and actively express and exchange information on the barriers/issues for trading fresh fruits, i.e. mango, banana, longan, lychee, chili, and dragon fruit. These include exporters and importers of agricultural goods (fruits), Private Sector Associations, Trade representatives, relevant Ministries i.e. GDA, General Department of Customs and Excise and related border agencies, Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia Import Export Inspection and Fraud Repression Directorate-General, and related border agencies, Embassy of Vietnam and Thailand, and development partners (USAID-Harvest 2, ADB. VSO, EU, SNV) as well as GIZ.

The Workshop agreed on the following:

  • Findings of the assessment study on “Conditions for Trade in Fresh Fruits of Cambodia with Thailand and Vietnam”;
  • Priority issues (gaps/barriers) for Cambodia in trading fresh fruits with Thailand and Vietnam, and
  • Recommendations to make trade of fresh fruits better with trust in predicable and consistent quality and safety of the goods.

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10 Years of APSARA Stone Conservation Unit (SCU)

Consolidation of decayed stone surface areas at linel - Prasat Pre Rup

Consolidation of decayed stone surface areas at linel – Prasat Pre Rup

10 April 2018

In March 2007, three local stone conservation experts, with the support of one German Development Worker, started their assignment to establish a competent and fully qualified unit of local stone conservators within the APSARA Authority, the local governmental body tasked with the management and protection of the Angkor World Heritage Site in Siem Reap. And now, ten complete years thereafter the results are compelling.

The temples of Angkor are in constant need of maintenance and care. Having been exposed over a period of hundreds of years to … More >>>

10 Years of APSARA Stone Conservation Unit (SCU)

Consolidation of decayed stone surface areas at linel - Prasat Pre Rup

Consolidation of decayed stone surface areas at linel – Prasat Pre Rup

10 April 2018

In March 2007, three local stone conservation experts, with the support of one German Development Worker, started their assignment to establish a competent and fully qualified unit of local stone conservators within the APSARA Authority, the local governmental body tasked with the management and protection of the Angkor World Heritage Site in Siem Reap. And now, ten complete years thereafter the results are compelling.

The temples of Angkor are in constant need of maintenance and care. Having been exposed over a period of hundreds of years to adverse environmental conditions of extreme heat and immense seasonal rainfall their structure and, even more importantly, delicate decorations are at severe risk of complete disintegration. Due to the nature of the weathering processes involved in the deterioration of natural stone and brick, the decay mechanisms present at all Angkorian temples are accelerating at an ever-increasing pace and are now threatening the integrity of this extraordinary World Heritage Site and key tourist destination in the Kingdom.

In order to enable local technicians to competently conserve these fascinating monuments and to curb further deterioration as much as possible, an organisational structure has been established within the Department of Conservation of the APSARA Authority which allows the three local senior experts to operate an effective restoration programme on behalf of the Authority and conduct vocational training schemes for a future generation of professional Cambodian stone conservators with the help of GIZ.

Application of de-salination poultice under supervision - Prasat Banteay Samre

Application of de-salination poultice under supervision – Prasat Banteay Samre

Cleaning of fragments of 12th century buddha statues - Prasat pre Rup

Cleaning of fragments of 12th century buddha statues – Prasat pre Rup

 

 

In 2012 a comprehensive training handbook, designed specifically to suit the conservation needs of Angkor has been published bilingually in the Khmer and English languages to provide a detailed and reliable source for students, future junior conservators and trainers alike. Meanwhile, this book has been endorsed by ICCROM, an advisory body to UNESCO, as an example of best practice in the field of conservation for developing countries. Based on the contents of this work of reference a two-yearlong training curriculum has been devised which features classroom lectures as well as practical tuition directly on worksites. With the three local stone conservation experts acting as the main tutors, a first vocational training course involving 20 young Cambodian trainees has been successfully conducted between March 2013 and March 2015 after which all graduated participants have been taken into full time employment by the APSARA Authority because of the tremendous achievements of all participants. The team of currently 19 Cambodian stone conservators is, ever since, fully engaged in continuous conservation efforts on the temples of Angkor while frequently receiving advanced training in specifically identified areas to boost their skills and develop existing competencies even further.

Decay Mapping and Documentation of one lion statue - Prasat pre Rup

Decay Mapping and Documentation of one lion statue – Prasat pre Rup

Preparing Naga Balustrade for re-attachment of its head - Prasat Banteay Samre

Preparing Naga Balustrade for re-attachment of its head – Prasat Banteay Samre

Since its inception a decade ago, more than 60 conservation projects of various sizes have been successfully concluded by the SCU on more than 25 different temple sites throughout the Angkor Park and beyond. Furthermore, the expertise of the unit is a valuable asset to the Authority, which is regularly requested from stakeholders involved in conservation and restoration activities in the Angkor Park.

This year, the SCU celebrates 10 complete years of existence and, at the same time, it has been 5 years since the start of the vocational training scheme and the creation of a new generation of Cambodian stone conservators. During this time, the project evolved greatly and we are currently making arrangements for this occasion to be celebrated duly later this year.

Apart from receiving specialised training in laboratory science and other relevant topics, the SCU is currently engaged in conservation and restoration projects at Prasat Pre Rup and Prasat Banteay Samre. The main focus being the conservation of ornamented surfaces like lintels and pediments besides figurative works embedded in the architectural structure like lion statues and naga balustrades. However, amongst these engagements is also a high profile project conserving two late 12th-century Buddha statues of the Bayon style within a coordinated multidisciplinary conservation framework, reflecting the significance and complexity of the subject and materials involved as well as setting new standards for future intervention approach models in Angkor.

Re-attachment of Naga Head to ballustrade - Prasat Banteay Samre

Re-attachment of Naga Head to ballustrade – Prasat Banteay Samre

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Female Councillor Empowerment through Networking

A successful workshop opening

A successful workshop opening

10 April 2018

Women holding political office in Cambodia do not have it easy. They often encounter prejudice and lack of understanding, and there is little trust in their abilities. They are also underrepresented at all levels of government. In light of this, the National Committee for Sub-national Democratic Development (NCDD-S) with support from the GIZ implemented EU Project for Decentralisation and Administrative Reform (EU DAR) has taken action. …  More >>>

Female Councillor Empowerment through Networking

A successful workshop opening

A successful workshop opening

10 April 2018

Women holding political office in Cambodia do not have it easy. They often encounter prejudice and lack of understanding, and there is little trust in their abilities. They are also underrepresented at all levels of government. In light of this, the National Committee for Sub-national Democratic Development (NCDD-S) with support from the GIZ implemented EU Project for Decentralisation and Administrative Reform (EU DAR) has taken action. The two partners currently conduct a countrywide training programme consisting of six regional training sessions for all 445 female councillors from Cambodia’s Khan, District, Municipality and Province Councils. The trainings focus on allowing female councillors to network with each other by sharing their experiences as elected citizen representatives and also provide them with concrete tools for action that will help them to successfully take on their right of initiative under the councils’ general mandate to find solutions for the service delivery needs of their citizens.

Since there are a lot of female councillors, therefore, the training was divided into 6 regions as the following:

Region 1: Siem Reap province conducted on 27-28 March 2018

Region 2: Pursat province will be conducted on 03rd -04th April 2018

Region 3: Sihanuk province will be conducted on 24-25 April 2018

Region 4: Krate province conducted on 27-28 March 2018

Region 5: Kampong Cham province will be on conducted on 03-04 April 2018

Region 6: Capital will be conducted on 09-10 May 2018.

NCDD-S representative officially opens the training

NCDD-S representative officially opens the training

EU DAR representative addresses female councilors

EU DAR representative addresses female councilors

 

Two regional training workshops on Strengthening Female Councilors’ Voices and Networks at province, municipality, district level were conducted on 27-28, March in Siem Reap and Kratie provinces, and two others on April 02-04, 2018 in Pursat and Kampong Cham.

These workshops have the following objectives:

  • Share experiences among elected councillors
  • Strengthen their understanding about the General Mandate as well as Inter- and Intra-governmental Relations
  • Strengthen their capacity in proposal writing and raising issues in council meetings (public speaking)
  • Discuss how to create sustainable regional female councillors’ support networks
  • Identified what is easy/difficult in the roles of female councillors (“Atmosphere Barometer”) for NCDD-S’ learning about capacity development needs of female councilors

Each regional workshop was participated by female councilors from different provinces:

  • Siem Reap region: Female councilors from Preah Vihea, Oudor Meanchey, Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Thom and Siem Reap provinces
  • Kratie region: Female councilors are from Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri, Stungtreng, Tboung Khmum and Kratie provinces.
  • Pusat region: Female councilor are from Battambang, Pailin, Kampong Chhnang, Kompong Speu and Pursat provinces.
  • Kompong Cham region: Female councilors are from Prey Veng, Svay Rieng and Kompong Cham provinces
The sharing of experiences as female councilors in action

The sharing of experiences as female councilors in action

Female councilor leads discussion at her table

Female councilor leads discussion at her table

 

There are in total 365 participants in the four regional workshops including representatives from Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Interior, NCDD-S and Council Association at Capital and Provincial Level and facilitators from NGOs.

As a result, participants are active in discussing and sharing their experiences related to their role and responsibility of being councilors​ and raising issues for discussion in council’s monthly meeting to respond to citizens’ needs.

Shared experiences of female councilors are collected by facilitators

Shared experiences of female councilors are collected by facilitators

Facilitator summarises discussion

Facilitator summarises discussion

 

 

 

 

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EU DAR is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), co-financed by the European Union (https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/cambodia_en) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

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