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Government to ratify disaster charter

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ADPC chairman Krasae Chanawongse meets Prime Minister Hun Sen. Fresh News

Cambodia is ready to ratify its membership in the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday.

On his Facebook page, Mr Hun Sen said that he met with ADPC chairman Krasae Chanawongse at the Peace Palace yesterday morning and told him that Cambodia is ready to ratify membership in the organisation.

“The National Assembly has agreed to Cambodia becoming a member of the ADPC,” Mr Hun Sen said. “We already have our own Disaster Preparedness Centre Committee which will make it easier for us to join.”

During yesterday’s meeting, Mr Chanawongse congratulated Cambodia for holding a smooth and successful election last month.

Last year, the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre had asked Cambodia to ratify the country’s membership after seven other nations did so.

Mr Chanawongse had noted that Cambodia and Thailand are the only two of nine founding member states yet to ratify the centre and its charter.

The ADPC is an inter-governmental organisation founded by nine Asian countries in 2005. A process of ratification is underway for members to adopt the centre’s charter.

After ratifying the charter, Cambodia will get access to training courses, capacity building support, exchange programmes and disaster support.

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