The Inaugural Meeting of the Steering Committee of the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre (ARMAC) was held yesterday at the ARMAC's Headquarters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The meeting discussed the substantive matters for the full operationalisation of ARMAC, including the selection of the Executive Director, the Annual Operational Budget and the two-year work plan (2017-2018) of the Centre.
It is the first meeting to kick start the Centre into full function since it was established through the adoption of its Terms of Reference by the ASEAN Leaders in 2013. Upon full operationalisation, ARMAC will serve as a center of excellence to assist interested ASEAN Member States in research, knowledge sharing and raising awareness of the effects of explosive remnants of war and encourage efforts to address them.
The meeting was chaired by H.E. Prasith Sayasith, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Lao PDR to Cambodia, as the Chair of the Steering Committee of ARMAC and attended by the Representatives of all ASEAN Member States to the Steering Committee of ARMAC and the ASEAN Secretariat.
The establishment of ARMAC in Cambodia was the initiative of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia during Cambodia's ASEAN Chairmanship in 2012.
Source: Philippine Information Agency