The Heads of States/Government of ASEAN Member States adopted the establishment of ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) in 21st ASEAN Summit, held on 18 November 2012, in Cambodia. Under the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC) Blueprint, the establishment of ARMAC is to envisage a cohesive, peaceful, stable and resilient region –considering the presence of landmine and explosive remnant war (ERW) challenge the region on specifically the safety of people, socio-economic development and aggravation of humanitarian problems.
The ARMAC Term of Reference (ToR) was adopted during 22nd ASEAN Summit, held in June 2013, in Brunei. As stated on the ToR, ARMAC is an entity associated with ASEAN under Article 16 of the ASEAN Charter. For further establishment of ARMAC, Cambodia has been selected as the Host Country of ARMAC. ARMAC carries out the mandate and functions as follows:
- Enhance awareness programs on the dangers of ERW among affected communities;
- Facilitate appropriate medical and rehabilitation assistance for victims of ERW, upon request from the affected ASEAN Member States; and
- Assist interested ASEAN Member States in research and knowledge sharing on the effects of ERW and efforts to address them, including through writing proposals for technical assistance projects and funding, at their specific and individual request.
Following the adoption of ToR of ARMAC, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Cambodia, provided a building for ARMAC Headquarter in Phnom Penh.
The renovation of ARMAC Headquarter and supply of office equipment was fundedby the People Republic of China’s Government as the generous support for the operationalisation of ARMAC in the ASEAN region.
2016 remarked the Inauguration of ARMAC Headquarter which was held on 25 May 2016. In addition to this, the 1st Steering Committee Meeting was conducted to discuss further establishment and operationalisation of ARMAC.
Executive Director and key personnel of ARMAC assumed the position.