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07 Aug
Courtesy Meeting with the Australian Mission to ASEAN

ED’s Courtesy Meeting with Ambassador Jane Duke of the Australian Mission to ASEAN

The Executive Director of the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) paid a courtesy meeting to Ambassador Jane Duke, Australian Mission to ASEAN, in Jakarta, on 7 August 2018. Executive Director Panharith took this opportunity to extend his gratitude for the Australian Government’s support, particularly in terms of providing Australian Volunteers to assist ARMAC in its daily operations. Both the Executive Director and the Ambassador looked forward to any potential collaborative opportunities between ARMAC and Australia in the near future.

(ARMAC, 7 August 2018)

07 Aug
ARMAC Strengthens Ties to ASEAN

ARMAC Strengthens Ties to ASEAN

JAKARTA, 07 August 2018 – The Executive Director of the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) paid a courtesy meeting to H.E. Dr. Hoang Anh Tuan, Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Political-Security Community, and H.E. Dr. AKP Mochtan, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta.

During the meeting, Deputy Secretaries-General congratulated ARMAC for the achievements made during its full operationalisation since the end of 2017 and conveyed that the ASEAN Secretariat will stand ready.

Having been established as an ASEAN entity through the ASEAN Leader’s Statement at the 21st ASEAN Summit, it is apt for ARMAC to actively engage with the ASEAN Secretariat on possible collaborative opportunities and any strategic planning and directives to elevate ARMAC’s profile. Ultimately, it is hoped that ARMAC’s ongoing efforts and achievements will further contribute to building a cohesive, peaceful, stable and resilient region for the ASEAN community.

(ARMAC, 7 August 2018)

19 Jun
Meeting with the Embassy of Germany

Meeting with Embassy of Germany

Executive Director of ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) hosted the visit of Ms. Daniela Dempf, First Secretary and Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Germany in Cambodia, to the ARMAC Permanent Secretariat on 19 June 2018. Ms. Daniela Dempf gave an appreciation of full operationalisation of ARMAC in the year of 2018 with clear mandate and function.”

(ARMAC, 19 June 2018)
29 May
6th Steering Committee Meeting

6th Steering Committee Meeting

The 6th Meeting of the Steering Committee of the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) was held on 29 May 2018 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Michael Tan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Singapore to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

The meeting was attended by members of the ARMAC Steering Committee, comprised of delegates from all ASEAN Member States, and the Executive Director of ARMAC. The meeting discussed the development of ARMAC’s system, budget utilisation and projections, and programme activities, particularly in the areas of mine risk education, victim assistance, knowledge sharing and research and development.

The meeting acknowledged the progress of ARMAC, and encouraged ARMAC to expand its capacity.

(ARMAC 29 May 2018)

04 Apr
International Mine Awareness Day

International Mine Awareness Day

Today is International Mine Awareness Day! The world has marked this day, 4 April, to commemorate the mine action which has been conducted throughout the world and to keep reminding us about the urgency of mine action; not only to save lives but also to elevate their development. Want to see what UN Secretary-General, António Guterres says and listen to Daniel Craig speak about Mine Awareness Day? Please visit the UN’s Mine Awareness Day website.

(ARMAC, 04 April 2018)

27 Feb
5th Steering Committee Meeting and Signing Ceremony

5th Steering Committee Meeting and Signing Ceremony

The 5th Meeting of the Steering Committee of the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) was held on 27 February 2018 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Michael Tan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Singapore to the Kingdom of Cambodia. The meeting was also attended by members of the ARMAC Steering Committee comprised of delegates from all ASEAN Member States, and the Executive Director of ARMAC.

The meeting was opened by H.E. Mr. Michael Tan, where he highlighted the key focus areas of Singapore’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in developing the foundation and administrative system of ARMAC, and how it would translate into priorities and outcomes for ARMAC. The meeting also discussed the continuing progress of ARMAC’s operationalization, including a review of the Center’s current workplan, budget and upcoming activities.

Before the meeting, H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Senior Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and H.E. Michael Tan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Singapore to Cambodia and current Chair of the ARMAC Steering Committee, signed the Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) on Hosting and Granting Privileges and Immunities to ARMAC. The Agreement is the key legal instrument that embodies the Kingdom of Cambodia’s commitment and support to ARMAC, as the host country tothe ARMAC Headquarters. It sets out the duties and responsibilities of the parties as well as the privileges and immunities, granted by the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia to ARMAC to enable it to perform its functions and operations effectively.

(ARMAC 27 Feburary 2018)

27 Feb
Signing Ceremony Between the Cambodian Government and ARMAC

Signing Ceremony of Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) on Hosting and Granting Privileges and Immunities to ARMAC

H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Senior Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and H.E. Michael Tan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Singapore to Cambodia and current Chair of the ARMAC Steering Committee, signed the Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) on Hosting and Granting Privileges and Immunities to ARMAC on 27 February 2018 at ARMAC Headquarters. The signing was witnessed by the members of the ARMAC Steering Committee and delegates from the Embassies of all ASEAN Member States in Phnom Penh.

The Agreement is the key legal instrument that embodies the Kingdom of Cambodia’s commitment and support to ARMAC, as the host country to the ARMAC Headquarters. It sets out the duties and responsibilities of the parties as well as the privileges and immunities granted by the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia to ARMAC to enable it to perform its functions and operations effectively.

ARMAC’s mandate and functions are to i) enhance awareness programmes on dangers of Explosive Remants of War (ERW) among affected communities, ii) facilitate appropriate medical and rehabilitation assistance for victims of ERW, upon requests from affected ASEAN Member States, and iii) 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.

Having formally begun its first year of operations, ARMAC looks forward to working together with relevant ERW-related institutions and development partners to undertake cooperative activities, projects and programmes in line with ARMAC’s mandate. The Center also welcomes interested partners to consider funding its activities and operations in areas that may be of interest to them.

H.E. Senior Minister Prak Sokhonn, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia and H.E. Michael Tan, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to Cambodia and Chairman of the Steering Committee of the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) for 2018, signed an Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia and ARMAC for the Granting of Privileges and Immunities to ARMAC.

H.E. Senior Minister Prak Sokhonn, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia with the ASEAN Ambassadors in Phnom Penh and Steering Committee Members of the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center.

(ARMAC 27 February 2018)

15 Jan
Meeting with HaloTrust

Meeting with HaloTrust

ARMAC hosted a meeting between HaloTrust and the ARMAC permanent secretariat on 15 January 2018. The meeting was a courtesy call to ARMAC and HaloTrust congratulated the Executive Director of ARMAC for his involvement in ARMAC’s operationalisation. The meeting started with a brief introduction from the participants and proceeded with the presentation on ARMAC’s establishment, structure and implementation progress. Both parties hope for further development of strategy, action plans and programmes in the future.

Mr. Matthew said HaloTrust has been established in Cambodia since 1991 – working with UNCHR to conduct surveys. Currently there are 1000 local staff working in specific areas in Cambodia and 3 (three) expats. Among this 1000 staff, 800 staff focus on mine clearance and 200 others work on the disposal of ordnance/stockpiles, surveys, and MRE. In Cambodia, the selection of areas to be cleared is decided by the National Authority, CMAA. The funding received by HaloTrust comes from various donors, such as the USA, UK, Germany and Ireland. HaloTrust looks forward to having more consolidated funding mechanisms for more efficient mine action programmes conducted in the country.

In the ASEAN region, HaloTrust currently has a presence in Lao PDR and Myanmar also. Mr. Matthew expressed interest for collaboration with ARMAC, specifically regarding cross-border demining coordination.

(ARMAC, 15 January 2018)

10 Jan
Meeting with Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA)

Meeting with Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA)

ARMAC hosted a meeting with NPA lead by Mr. Steiner Essen, Head of NPA’s Humanitarian Disarmament Department.

NPA suggested that ARMAC should communicate with other centres, donors and development partners such as GICHD and UNDP for further collaboration. Mr. Ly Panharith, ARMAC’s Executive Director conveyed the need for technical assistance and capacity building related to mine action in general. Both parties agreed to explore specific cooperation opportunities in detail.

(ARMAC, 10 January 2018)

09 Jan
Meeting with Australian Volunteers for International Development

Meeting with Australian Volunteers for International Development

ARMAC hosted a meeting with Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) at the ARMAC Permanent Secretariat on 9 January 2018.

Established in Cambodia in 1984, AVID has supported various organisations and/or institutions in sectors such as education, health, governance, gender, child protection, agriculture, infrastructure, as well as private sectors. AVID offers skilled volunteers with experience to assist organisations and institutions in need. The period of the volunteers’ work is 3 (three) months up to 3 (three) years.

ARMAC and AVID look forward to further collaboration.

(ARMAC, 9 January 2018)

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