Cambodian Oil Transparency Group Sponsors Annual Conference
Cambodians for Resource Revenue Transparency (CRRT) will host a one-day National Conference Nov. 2 on the Best Practice of Governance in Extractive Industries and Revenue Management.
The conference, to be attended by representatives from the Association of South East Asia Nations (ASEAN), will also include representatives of Cambodian government ministries, industry experts, researchers, university students, national and international non-governmental organizations, embassies, donors, development partners and members of the media and the private sector. The event will take place at the Cambodiana Hotel in Phnom Penh.
"This conference is an important event to best build common understanding among government, the private sector and the public on important details about oil, gas and mining development in Cambodia," said Chhay Sarath, Executive Director of CRRT.
"We are honored to bring together some of the most experienced voices involved in this important issue representing the Royal Government of Cambodia, experts from other ASEAN nations and leaders in the worldwide effort to effectively and wisely develop the extractive industry sector," said Neb Sinthay, CRRT chairman, who is also executive director of the Phnom Penh-based Advocacy and Policy Institute (API).
Regional and international speakers will include Emmy Perdanahari, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs/EITI Indonesia secretariat, Pak Husen, Upstream Director of PT Pertamina, Farid Farzaliyev, Head of the EITI Secretariat at The State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan as well as executive directors and executive management from civil society.
Speakers will present experiences and observations about the oil, gas and mining in their regions to an estimated 200 participants.
Two plenary panel discussions will explore ways government, civil society and private sector can use both advocacy and on-the-ground responses to address the root causes of non-transparency and non-accountability in the extractive industries. Additional topics will be to address ways to promote just, equitable and inclusive societies.
This National Conference is made possible through the support of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) through Revenue Watch Institute (RWI), Norwegian's People Aid (NPA), Oxfam America (OA), Misereor and ICCO.
CRRT is a coalition of civil society organizations working with the government and private sector to help ensure that revenues from extractive industries in Cambodia are transparently and accountably managed to equitably benefit Cambodian people in current and future generations.
The vision of CRRT is that wealth generated from extractive industries is managed in a socially responsible manner that is transparent, accountable, and participatory to equitably benefit all Cambodians.
The mission of CRRT is to make income and spending of oil, gas and mining revenues transparent for all Cambodians. Further information may be obtained at www.crrt-cambodia.org.
Mr. Chhay Sarath, (855) 12 58 99 58 (Cell)