The NGO Forum on Cambodia organized Annual General Meeting was hold on November 14, 2018 at Tonle Bassac II Restaurant, Phnom Penh. There were 151 (32 women) participants from membership organizations, development partners, donors and partners, especially representative of Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Economic and Finance, Rural Development Bank, USAID and Green Eagle. The overall objectives are: 1). To update on the NGO Forum’s key achievements and expenditures for Jan-Oct,2018;2) To review and reflect on key intervention of 3-year action plan (2018-2020) of the NGO Forum on Cambodia; 3). To prepare action plan for implementation in 2019;4). To update and share information on 4th Rectangular Strategic Plan in 6th mandate (2019-2023), National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP) 2019-2023, and Cambodian development context for membership organisations and network members.
Session 1: Updates on 4th Rectangular Strategic Plan (2019-2023), National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP) 2019-2023, and the Cambodia Development which Facilitated by Mr. Sivouthan Norng, Member of the Management Committee of the NGO Forum on Cambodia and Country Director HEKS. Mr. Chea Sopheak, Deputy Department of Macro Economic Policy and Finance presented about the stability of Macro Economic and Finance of Ministry of Economic and Finance by stated that the poverty rate in 2014 about 13.5 % and the indicator of NSDP in this mew mandate will achieve about 10 % in 2019. Beside that the income management and expense if compare to GDP Cambodia can reach from 20% to 22% within the next two to three years. Mr. Or Muny Deputy Department of Association and Political Party, Ministry of Interior said that within 10 months of 2018 total of 234 NGOs and Associations has registered with Ministry of Interior (92 NGOs and 144 Associations). He added that total 5,446 NGOs and Associations has registered with the Ministry of Interior (3,201 NGOs and 2,245 Associations).
Session 2: Updates on the NGO Forum’s key achievements and expenditure for Jan-Oct,2018 Facilitated by Mr. Norng Sivouthan, Member of the Management Committee of the NGO Forum on Cambodia. Mr. Ouk Vannara, Deputy Executive Director of the NGO Forum on Cambodia Presented on the NGO Forum’s key achievements for one year (Jan-Oct, 2018). Mr. Som Chettana, Finance Manager of the NGO Forum on Cambodia presented on the budget and expenditures in (Jan-Oct, 2018). Dr. Tek Vannara, Executive Director of the NGO Forum on Cambodia updated on NGO’s working approach in the context of CSDG & new NSDP 2019-2023.
Session 3: The Contribution of Inter Banks, Development Partner, and Private Sectorfor the next five years Cambodian Development 2019-2023 which facilitated by Mr. Tek Vannara, Executive Director of the NGO Forum on Cambodia. There were three speakers including H.E Uch Chantha, Deputy General Director of Rural Development Bank, Mrs. Camila Lobard, Representative of EU in Cambodia and Mrs. Thlang Sovann Pisey, Director of Khmer Organic. The panel discussion was focused mainly on Inter Banks, Development Partner, and Private Sector for the next five years of Cambodian Development. Many questions were raised by participants and a lot of answered by speakers.
Summarized and Closing Remarked by Dr. Tek Vannara, Executive Director. The Annual General Meeting and Annual Network Reflection were held at Tonle Bassac II Restaurant, Phnom Penh from 14-15 November 2018 successfully completed. There were 278 membership organizations and Network members who came from 25 provinces of Cambodia actively participated. Dr. Tek Vannara summarized that there were five key achievements in the following: 1). The common operational plan of 8 networks in 2019 which lead by eight secretariats based at NGO Forum on Cambodia; 2). The secretariat of each network review and improve the operation plan and approve ToR for implement in the following year; 3). Membership organizations and network members understood and discussed about the contribution of Inter Banks, Development Partner, and Private Sector for the next five years Cambodian Development follow by the framework of sustainable development goals; 4). Membership organizations and network members clearly understood about the public financial management, achievement, and challenges of Cambodian economy and partnership between CSOs and government, mechanism and communication approach; 5). Reviewed, Reflected and agreed the three years operation plan 2018-2020 of NGO Forum and operational plan for 2019. Mr. Tek Vannara express great thanks for the active involvement of Membership organizations and network members within 2018 that lead the secretariat and NGO Forum to achieve many key achievements to response to the real need of Membership organizations and network members, poor and vulnerable people especially, to contribute to the policy development and policies monitoring of the implementation of policies and laws in Cambodia. We belief that good cooperation and solidarity with all key stakeholders, working together with honest and respect each other is the key to appropriately contribute to the growth of Cambodia development and achieving the sustainable development goal 2016-2030. In the end, Mr. Tek Vannara wish all Membership organizations and network members with prosperous and success in all their works.