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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. 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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Consultation Workshop on draft export guidelines for fresh banana, mango and longan to China

Opening remarks

Opening remarks

05 April 2018

ASEAN China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA) framework was signed in November 2002 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and came into effect in January 2010. It marked a significant milestone in pursuing greater economic integration in the region. ACFTA became the largest free trade area in the world in terms of population and the third largest in terms of nominal GDP, trailing the European Economic Area (EEA) and North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA). Under the free trade agreement, tariffs are … More >>>

Consultation Workshop on draft export guidelines for fresh banana, mango and longan to China

Opening remarks

Opening remarks

05 April 2018

ASEAN China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA) framework was signed in November 2002 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and came into effect in January 2010. It marked a significant milestone in pursuing greater economic integration in the region. ACFTA became the largest free trade area in the world in terms of population and the third largest in terms of nominal GDP, trailing the European Economic Area (EEA) and North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA). Under the free trade agreement, tariffs are reduced to zero on almost 8,000 product categories. China and the six more advanced ASEAN nations (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore) had progressively removed 90 percent of tariffs by 2010, while Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV) did so in the following five years. ACFTA significantly led the integration process in the region, even though many non-tariff barriers (NTBs) and other trade obstacles still remain.

Press release of H.E Dr. HEAN Vanhan, Director General of General Directorate of Agriculture

Press release of H.E Dr. HEAN Vanhan, Director General of General Directorate of Agriculture

Press relaease of Mr. Florian Miss, Programme Manager of SCSI

Press relaease of Mr. Florian Miss, Programme Manager of SCSI

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To facilitate trade to China, the regional GIZ programme Support for Economic Cooperation in Sub-Regional Initiatives in Asia (SCSI), commissioned by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) supports Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam. In order to map export regulations frame works and awareness-raising for the potentials of ACFTA. Together with partners on site, the programme improves technical assistance on existing NTBs in the agricultural field for export-oriented small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Against this background, SCSI in cooperation with the General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA) organized a Consultation Workshop on drafted guidelines to facilitate export of fresh banana, mango and longan to China. The workshop was held on March 27, 2018 in Phnom Penh. to review and get inputs from participants involved in trading the respective products to improve the drafted step-by-step guidelines. Altogether 57 participants attended the workshop, including representatives from GIZ, public sector (GDA, MoC-Camcontrol, and Custom), traders, associations, logistics companies and producers. The guidelines aim to improve Cambodian businesses to export capacity to China and improve the public-private dialogue as well as political processes between Cambodia and China.

Group photo

Group photo

Contact:

Ra Ten

ra.ten@giz.de

Technical Advisor-Trade Facilitation

Support for Economic Cooperation in Sub-Regional Initiatives in Asia (SCSI), Cambodia

www.connecting-asia.org

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Opening Event at META House Phnom Penh – Sunday, March 11, 2018

0120 March 2018

“I always dream that I will be able to live with my family in the future in a proper shelter and with enough food to eat, just like other people who are also workers like me. Is it possible?” – Yang Chanda, Cambodian garment worker

On Sunday 11 March, the Social and Labour Standards in the Textile and Garment Sector in Asia (SLSG) project of GIZ, together with the Worker’s Information Center, held a reception at the … More >>>

Opening Event at META House Phnom Penh – Sunday, March 11, 2018

0120 March 2018

“I always dream that I will be able to live with my family in the future in a proper shelter and with enough food to eat, just like other people who are also workers like me. Is it possible?” Yang Chanda, Cambodian garment worker

On Sunday 11 March, the Social and Labour Standards in the Textile and Garment Sector in Asia (SLSG) project of GIZ, together with the Worker’s Information Center, held a reception at the META House Cambodian-German Cultural Association to celebrate the opening of the photo exhibition “Life through our eyes – by Cambodian garment workers”. The exhibition is the result of a Participatory Photography Project, in which ten women working in the garment industry in Cambodia were shown by acclaimed photographer Andrea Diefenbach, how they can use photography as a tool for communication and advocacy.

Marc Beckmann of GIZ, Programme Coordinator of SLSG, welcomed the more than 100 guests who attended the opening event. Introducing the role and mission of SLSG in Cambodia, Marc Beckmann outlined how SLSG works with brands, factories and the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training in Cambodia to promote social and labour standards in the textile industry. Irene Genzmer of GIZ, Head of Regional Cooperation of SLSG, who initiated the Participatory Photo Workshop, thanked in particular the workers who took part in the workshop and now share their view of life through the exhibition. Channsitha Mark, who currently serves as the Coordinator for the Worker Information Center (WIC), took the opportunity to introduce the work of the WIC and to call for action on continuous support for the rights of workers in the garment industry. Finally, the female garment workers took the stage to present the stories behind the photographs and to advocate for their recognition in society. Besides the families and friends of the garment workers, representatives from brands, unions and NGOs as well as other members of the SLSG project from Myanmar, Bangladesh and China participated in the lively opening event.

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The photo exhibition will run until 31 March 2018 at META House, admission is free.

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The project Social and Labour Standards in the Textile and Garment Sector in Asia (SLSG), is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, and works on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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