Several National Assembly commissions met yesterday to discuss a draft law adopting the policies of the Asian Forest Cooperation Organisation.
The meeting was led by Chheang Vun, chairman of the Commission on Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, Information and Media; Yim Savy, chairman of the Commission of Planning, Investment, Agriculture, Rural Development, Environment and Water Resources; and Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon.
Mr Sakhon said that AFoCO is an intergovernmental organisation that aims to strengthen cooperation in the forestry sector in Asia.
He said that its goal is to transform technology and shape policies into concrete action through sustainable forest management and address the impact of climate change.
“The draft law concerning the Asian Forest Cooperation Organisation can be considered as a new achievement in ensuring sustainable management, conservation and development of forest resources in the government’s reform framework in the sector,” he said.
He added that through cooperation under AFoCO, along with Korea-Mekong Forest Cooperation Centre, the country will promote the cultivation and restoration of forests to respond to the national policy on forestry and the country’s development strategy.
“The agreement will provide many benefits when Cambodia becomes a full member state of the organisation,” Mr Sakhon said.
He said that ten countries have already signed the agreement including South Korea, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Bhutan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei, Myanmar, Mongolia and Laos.
However, among the ten signatories, there are only five countries who have already ratified the agreement, including South Korea, Vietnam, Timor-Leste, Bhutan and Myanmar.
Mr Vun could not be reached for comment yesterday.
However, according to the National Assembly’s information department, the two commissions agreed to keep the original contents of the agreement, aside from a few wordings and spellings.
The commissions decided to send the draft law to the National Assembly’s Permanent Committee for review and include it in the agenda for an upcoming plenary session.