PHNOM PENH, 19 August 2019 – The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) in collaboration with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), and the Government of Ireland, organised and hosted an ASEAN regional training on “Operational Efficiency in Mine Action.” The training started on August 19 and will run until August 24 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Mr. Ly Thuch, Senior Minister and First Vice President of Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority, opened the training which will consist of six modules. The modules will cover operational efficiency and effectiveness, governance, and various aspects of management such as quality, risk, information and resources.
In his remarks, Mr. Ly said that “as half of the countries in the ASEAN region are impacted by landmines and explosive remnants of war, with Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam amongst the affected states, this has had, and continues to have, devastating impact on these nations with tens thousands of civilian fatalities and over one hundred and thirty thousand people injured. Whilst each affected state is working towards mine clearance with comprehensive mine risk education and victim assistance programs in partnership with non-government organizations, expert mine action organizations and local communities, this training will help provide the important information and practical advice to be implemented across the ASEAN region.”
The six-day training course will draw mine action professionals and managers from across the ASEAN Member States with the aim of enhancing participants’ knowledge and skills in order to efficiently plan, implement, monitor, assess and evaluate mine action operations. Through the introduction of concepts such as key performance indicators, participants will also learn how to track and analyse mine action operation progress and identify areas that may require further improvement.
To underscore the rationale for the training, GICHD stated that improving operational efficiency in mine action is fundamental task as “resources for responding to mine and explosive remnants of war (ERW) contamination problems are costly, limited and precious. It is appropriate to expect that authorities, agencies, operators and other parties involved in, or associated with, mine/ERW programmes do their utmost to ensure that assets are deployed to achieve as much as possible, for the minimum cost in the shortest time.”