As the project embarks on to its 7th year, the 7th Project Steering Committee Meeting for project AFoCO/005/2014 “Establishment of Forest Genetics Research Center for Restoration of Major Timber Species in Cambodia” was held virtually on 30 December 2021. The meeting was arranged to discuss the following agendas: follow-up of the 6th PSC meeting regarding the Records of Discussion (RoD), annual progress and financial report of 2021, annual work plan and budget for 2022 along with the coping-up measures under COVID-19 to be approved by the PSC meeting.
The meeting was joined by the Project Steering Committee members from Cambodia and the AFoCO Secretariat. The meeting was formally called into order by Dr. Keo Omaliss, the Chairman of the PSC and Director General of the Forestry Administration, who warmly welcomed all the participants from both sides and other members of the PSC and designated Mr. Hang Suntra, Deputy Director-General of the Forestry Administration to preside over the meeting.
During the meeting, Mr. Seab Kimsrim, the Project Coordinator of AFoCO/005/2014 briefly presented the recap of the record of discussion of the 6th PSC meeting. After the brief recap, he proceeded with the follow-up activities, the 2021 annual progress & the financial report, which was followed by a presentation on the annual work plan and budget for 2022 covering 12 months from January to December.
The AFoCO Secretariat acknowledged the continuous hard work dedicated to achieving the set goals and plans despite the tremendous challenges set by the COVID-19 pandemic. Cambodia’s side informed the Secretariat that the country is now fully open for foreign guests without quarantine once fully vaccinated. Thus, the meeting adjourned with hopes that the COVID-19 situation would improve in the future for the next PSC meeting planned for December 2022, to be held in person in Seoul and for the Cambodia side to visit Seoul and the Secretariat in time for the 15th World Forestry Congress next year in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Submitted by Cha Jiyea, Assistant Program Officer