By Ung Vuthy,

Tramkak: On 22 April 2011, 27 government officials (district councilors, district governor, district deputy governor), representatives of the Farmer and Nature Net (FNN), and relevant local stakeholders[1] attended a training workshop on Regional Management. The workshop was organized by EPF project which is implementing by CEDAC. Dr. Yang Saing Koma President of CEDAC, Mr. Or Thy Senior Program Advisor were co-trainers for the workshop. The main purposes of the workshop were (1) to disseminate the concept and principles of Regional Management as well as (2) to identify the core members of Regional Management Group and (3) to develop operational plan for implementing Regional Management in each district.

Small group discussion meeting[2], plenary discussion, plenary presentation, brainstorming session etc were employed during the training. During the training session, Dr. Yang Saing Koma presented the background and vision of CEDAC, development activities of CEDAC in Takeo and Kampong Speu Provinces, especially he provided an in-depth explanation on the engagement of public, private and civil society sectors for the regional development. Particularly, Mr. Or Thy presented the concept of Regional Management, regional management case study of German and Siem Reap Province.

As a result, the participants have gained a lot of knowledge in Regional Management. More importantly, core group of regional management was established as well as its roles and responsibilities were determined.

[1] The participants came from 5 target districts including Bati, Samrong and Tram Kak district of Takeo province; and Baseth and Kong Pisei district of Kampong Speu province. And participants from Dorng Tong district of Kampot province were also invited to attend this important workshop.

[2] During the training session, the participants were divided into 6 working groups to draw map of their districts and determined potentials.