A high-level Centrist Democrats International delegation from Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Asia Pacific region, along with representatives of the Asian Vision Institute (AVI), attended the 2nd session of the CDI Working Group for the Establishment of the CDI Institute last Thursday.
The meeting, hosted by the Cambodian People’s Party, aims to support the development of a concrete plan to strengthen ideas by establishing the CDI Institute, in addition to a discussion of cooperation initiatives and relevant issues.
The meeting adopted a unanimous decision on submitting a proposal to the CDI Executive Committee for the establishment of the CDI Institute to serve the interest and needs of CDI member parties, according to a press statement.
Speaking to reporters, CDI President Mr. Andrés Pastrana said the meeting was organized by the Cambodian People Party to support and formulate a specific plan to strengthen the initiative of setting up a research institute for the International Center for Diversity of Democracy, and to complement discussion on Cooperation Initiatives and Related Issues.
The core of the meeting was the endorsement of the CDI Institute, thus stating a strong momentum and consensus among CDI leadership and CDI member parties that recognized the significance of having its own think tank.
It also expressed a strong, continuous support for the CDI in favor of the interest of CDI member parties, and a tremendous amount of efforts and devotion of CDI member parties worldwide to forge closer and deeper cooperation among them.
CDI also recalled the resolution urging the EU to treat Cambodia fairly, which was adopted in April 10th 2019 in Brussels.
“We, the members of the Centrist Democrats International (IDC-CDI), urge the European Union (EU) to treat Cambodia fairly with regards to the Everything- but-Arms (EBA) scheme,” CDI wrote in a statement.
“According to the resolution, about one million Cambodian factory workers, mainly women from rural Cambodia, have been employed by textile industries which have enjoyed tariff-free and quota- free access to the European market,” it added.