As an additional mechanism to further develop human resources through technical and vocational education and training (TVET), the Kingdom of Cambodia invited the Director General of the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub to present an overview about CPSC, and the benefits and obligations of being a CPSC member on February 4, 2014 at the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, Cambodia.

The CPSC DG met high ranking officials in Cambodia including H.E. Pich Sophoan, Secretary of State, H.E. Pok Pann, Under Secretary of State, H.E. Laov Him, Director General of TVET, Mr. Khin Chantha, Director of TVET, H.E. Bun Phearin, Director of National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia, and H.E. Yok Sothy, Director of National Technical Training Institute.

Prof. Pramod Shrestha, Faculty Consultant of CPSC in years 2001 to 2003 and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist of Cambodia Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project, was instrumental in making the meeting happen. Long-time partners, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Numyoot Songthanapitak, President of the Rajamangala University of Technology (RMUT) Lanna and Dr. Paiboon Saiyawongs, Member of University Counsel, RMUT Thanyaburi were also present during the meeting.

The Kingdom of Cambodia may apply as an Honorary Member of CPSC, starting with the submission of Letter of Intent. CPSC is confident that it could share its technical expertise and assist the Kingdom in strengthening TVET. In effect, the Government can also effectively utilize CPSC’s cooperative framework as a significant platform to share the strengths of the education sector of the Kingdom of Cambodia with other developing members in the region for them to learn from and also assimilate best practices already in place that can be learned from CPSC’s developed member countries and network of TVET organizations and partners.