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.