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27 Apr
The 18th Meeting of Steering Committee of ARMAC

The 18th Meeting of Steering Committee of ARMAC

On 27 April 2022, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) convened its 18th Steering Committee (SC) Meeting, under the Cambodian Chairmanship. The Meeting presented key accomplishments in the first quarter of the year, and discussed outstanding issues namely, financial sustainability of ARMAC, financial and in-kind contribution to-date, and recommendations from the independent evaluation of ARMAC’s performance and achievements.

In his closing remarks, ARMAC Chair urged everyone present that ” there is a need to adapt our strategy to make it more relevant in facing the challenges; in order to do that, ARMAC SC needs to be proactive, lead ARMAC and convince others to support us so we can move forward”.

H.E Mr. Ung Rachana, ARMAC Chair and Undersecretary of State of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia, led the meeting. The meeting was attended by over 25 representatives from the 10 ASEAN Member States.

15 Dec
The 17th Meeting of Steering Committee of ARMAC

The 17th Meeting of Steering Committee of ARMAC

On 14 December 2021, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) convened its 17th Steering Committee (SC) Meeting in person at ARMAC Headquarters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and online. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Pengiran Kasmirhan Pengiran Tahir, Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to Cambodia. This is the last meeting in 2021 under Brunei’s Chairmanship. The 17th SC Meeting underscored ARMAC’s accomplishments in the second half of 2021 including the approval of a technical advisory grant from the Government of New Zealand for the preparation of ARMAC’s long term strategic plan, and the funding support from the Government of Thailand to host a regional forum on humanitarian mine action cooperation and assistance in border areas. It also reiterated on the AMS continued support to ARMAC as evidenced by the replenishment of voluntary contribution received from the Governments of Brunei, Myanmar, Viet Nam and Thailand. The Meeting also presented the progress of the Mid-Term Review, ongoing projects and activities, and the 2022 Work and Budget Plans.

In his closing remarks, H.E. Ambassador Tahir conveyed his appreciation to all SC Members for their excellent cooperation and support during Brunei’s Chairmanship as well as for the opportunity to contribute to the efforts towards humanitarian mine action in the region. In concluding the Meeting, H.E. Ambassador Tahir handed over the 2022 Chairmanship of ARMAC to H.E. Mr. Ung Rachana, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Government of Cambodia.

The meeting was attended by in person and online delegates from the 10 AMS, ARMAC Executive Director, and the Permanent Secretariat.

27 Jul
16th Steering Committee Meeting of ARMAC

16th Steering Committee Meeting

On 27 July 2021, the Permanent Secretariat of the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center organized its 16th Steering Committee Meeting with a total of 26 delegates representing each of the AMS attending the Meeting in virtual format while 8 delegates including Chairman (Brunei) and Vice Chairmen (Cambodia and Viet Nam) attended the meeting in person.

ARMAC Chairman, H.E. Mr. Pengiran Kasmirhan Pengiran Tahir who is concurrently the Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to the Kingdom of Cambodia presided over the meeting and discussed key issues relating to ARMAC’s new projects and partnerships, financial sustainability as well as plans for remaining activities that are scheduled for 2021.

ARMAC Chairman applauded ARMAC on receiving the project funding from the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of Italy. The Chairman also praised ARMAC’s resilience during the pandemic and commended its recent successful organization of a regional hybrid workshop funded by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and looked forward to more activities similar to this format in line with ARMAC’s mandate and functions.

The 17th Steering Committee Meeting is tentatively scheduled to take place in December 2021.

(ARMAC, 27 July 2021)

30 Mar
15th Steering Committee Meeting of ARMAC

15th Steering Committee Meeting

On 30 March 2021, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) convened its 15th Steering Committee Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Pengiran Kasmirhan Pengiran Tahir, Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to the Kingdom of Cambodia. Ambassadors and representatives from the ten ASEAN Member States (AMS), ARMAC’s Executive Director, and the Permanent Secretariat (PS) attended the meeting in person and online. The 15th SCM is the first Meeting under Brunei Darussalam’s Chairmanship.

The meeting provided an update of ARMAC’s project pipeline, and operational budget with the view of moving toward financial sustainability. The meeting discussed the way forward for the implementation of the anticipated Friends of ARMAC event and other ongoing projects, as well as status of AMS contributions.

In closing, H.E. Tahir conveyed his appreciation to the SC Members for their inputs and continued support and cooperation to ARMAC. He also commended ARMAC PS for putting in safety measures to organize this meeting amidst the pandemic situation in Cambodia.

(ARMAC, 30 March 2021)

09 Dec
14th Steering Committee Meeting of ARMAC

14th Steering Committee Meeting and Handover

On 09 December 2020, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) convened its 14th Meeting of the Steering Committee, at ARMAC’s Headquarters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Vu Quang Minh, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the Kingdom of Cambodia and attended by representatives from all ten ASEAN Member States, the Executive Director of ARMAC, and the Permanent Secretariat, physically and virtually.

This is the last Meeting to be held in 2020 under Viet Nam’s Chairmanship. The Meeting reviewed ARMAC’s 2020 progress, the implementation of the Friends of ARMAC, Center’s sustainability, and selection of ARMAC’s Vice Chairs in 2021.

In his closing remarks, H.E. Mr. Vu Quang Minh conveyed his appreciation to all SC Members for their excellent support and cooperation during Viet Nam’s Chairmanship and also took note with appreciation of Cambodia’s continued financial support and excellent contribution to the important work of ARMAC. Concluding the Meeting, H.E. Mr. Vu Quang Minh handed over the Chairmanship of ARMAC for 2021 to Brunei as represented by H.E. Mr. Pengiran Kasmirhan Pengiran Tahir, Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

(ARMAC, 09 December 2020)

01 Sep
13th Steering Committee Meeting of ARMAC

13th Steering Committee Meeting

On 1 September 2020, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) organized the 13th Meeting of the Steering Committee of ARMAC. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Vu Quang Minh, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the Kingdom of Cambodia and Chair of the Steering Committee of ARMAC. Some Members of the Steering Committee, the Executive Director of ARMAC and AMS delegates attended at the ARMAC Permanent Secretariat, and some delegates attended via a video conference.

The outcomes of the meeting were highlighted with the decision on the recruitment of the new Executive Director of ARMAC and the establishment of Friends of ARMAC (FoA).

(ARMAC, 01 September 2020)

09 Jun
12th Steering Committee Meeting of ARMAC

12th Steering Committee Meeting

On 9 June 2020, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) organized the 12th Meeting of the Steering Committee of ARMAC. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Vu Quang Minh, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the Kingdom of Cambodia and Chair of the Steering Committee of ARMAC. Some Members of the Steering Committee, the Executive Director of ARMAC and AMS delegates attended at the ARMAC Permanent Secretariat, and some delegates attended via a video conference.

The meeting noted ARMAC’s significant progress, in particular, on the increasing cooperation with the ASEAN Member States, donors and partners. Other key discussions include the Recruitment of the new Executive Director, Friends of ARMAC and Financial Sustainability of ARMAC.

(ARMAC 09 June 2020)

17 Dec
11th Steering Committee Meeting of ARMAC

11th Steering Committee Meeting and Handover

On 17 December 2019, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) hosted the 11th Meeting of the Steering Committee, at ARMAC’s headquarters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Panyarak Poolthup, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Kingdom of Cambodia and Chair of the Steering Committee of ARMAC. The meeting was also attended by representatives from all ten ASEAN Member States, the Executive Director of ARMAC, and the Permanent Secretariat.

This is the last Meeting – to be held in 2019 under Thailand’s Chairmanship, The Meeting reviewed ARMAC’s current progress in implementing its three-year workplan. In particular, the Meeting noted (i) the successful conclusion of ARMAC’s programme activities in 2019 such as regional trainings, workshops and seminars; (ii) the current implemented mine risk education project, funded by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF); and (iii) several other upcoming projects in 2020.

Early in the Meeting, Norwegian People’s Aid Myanmar gave a presentation on their supports in mine/explosive remnants of war action programme in the region.

The meeting was concluded with closing remarks by H.E. Mr. Panyarak Poolthup and handover of the 2019 Thailand Chairmanship to the 2020 Vietnam Chairmanship represented by H.E. Mr. Vu Quang Minh, Ambassador of Vietnam to Cambodia.

(ARMAC 17 December 2019)

12 Jun
10th Steering Committee Meeting of ARMAC

10th Steering Committee Meeting

On 12 June 2019, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) hosted the 10th Meeting of the Steering Committee, at ARMAC’s headquarters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Panyarak Poolthup, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Kingdom of Cambodia and Chair of the Steering Committee of ARMAC. The meeting was also attended by representatives from all ten ASEAN Member States, the Executive Director of ARMAC, and the Permanent Secretariat.

The meeting was the second Steering Committee to be held in 2019 under Thailand’s Chairmanship, and it reviewed ARMAC’s current progress in implementing its three-year workplan. In particular, the meeting noted the successful conclusion of ARMAC’s International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, the recently initiated mine risk education project, funded by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and several other upcoming projects.

The meeting was concluded with closings remarks by H.E. Mr. Panyarak Poolthup, who thanked the members for their active participation and their continued commitment to mine action in ASEAN.

(ARMAC 12 June 2019)

22 Mar
9th Steering Committee Meeting

9th Steering Committee Meeting

The 9th Meeting of the Steering Committee of the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) was held on 22 March 2019 at ARMAC’s headquarters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Panyarak Poolthup, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Kingdom of Cambodia and Chair of the Steering Committee of ARMAC. The meeting was also attended by members of the Steering Committee composed of delegates from all ten ASEAN Member States, and the Executive Director of ARMAC.

The meeting was the first Steering Committee to be held in 2019 and discussed ARMAC’s priorities and upcoming programmes for this year as outlined in ARMAC’s recently developed three-year workplan. Also, highlighted was ARMAC’s progress in enhancing its systems and operations including its visibility and partner engagement through the publication of the Annual Report and participation in high level meetings.

The meeting concluded with closings remarks by H.E. Mr. Panyarak Poolthup, who thanked the Members for their attendance and ARMAC for organising a successful meeting.

(ARMAC 22 March 2019)

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