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Posted: Wed, 09 Oct 2019 16:10
Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of Cambodia Opens SEAMEO BIOTROP's 57th Governing Board Meeting - 352 time(s) visited
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H.E. Yuok Ngoy, the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of Cambodia officially opened the 57th Governing Board Meeting (GBM) of the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Tropical Biology (BIOTROP) on 7 October 2019 at Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel and Residence, Cambodia.

In his opening address, H.E. Yuok Ngoy commended the Centre for producing significant accomplishments from implementing various research and community development programs and activities toward attaining its vision as ‘A Leading Centre in promoting and enhancing the real value of tropical biology in Southeast Asia’. He also added that vocational education still becomes one of the priorities issues in Southeast Asia, which is also addressed in the SEAMEO Seven Priority Areas no. 4: Promoting Technical and Vocational Education and Training and the SDGs goal no. 4: Quality Education. Regarding this, H.E. Yuok Ngoy expressed his support for SEAMEO BIOTROP to implement its school garden program in Cambodia’s schools.

In addition to vocational education, SEAMEO BIOTROP Director Dr Irdika Mansur during his opening remarks emphasized the efforts of the Centre in providing scientific knowledge and building capacities of institutions and communities through sustainable conservation and management of tropical biology in Southeast Asia. Under the 10th Five-Year Development Program (FYDP), SEAMEO BIOTROP carries out its activities under three program thrusts, namely restoration of degraded ecosystem, sustainable management of intensively used ecosystems/landscapes, and conservation and sustainable use of unique ecosystems/landscapes of high biodiversity, which are believed as current critical concerns confronting the Southeast Asia region in general. The urgency to address these matters, particularly through applied research, would be significant for sustainable education development in the region.

The opening ceremony was also attended by the Ambassadors of SEAMEO member countries to Cambodia or representatives, the Rector of the Royal University of Phnom Penh, the representative of the Royal University of Agriculture, Director of SEAMEO Technical Education Development, and representative of Helen Keller International.

Six Governing Board members from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand, two representatives from Lao PDR and the Philippines, SEAMEO Secretariat Deputy Director for Administration and Communication, observers from the Institute of Brunei Technology Education (IBTE), and Bureau of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia, attended the meeting to discuss eight working papers and six information papers respectively, including Appointment of New SEAMEO BIOTROP Deputy Director for Program in In-Camera session and Updates on Implementation of the Agriculture Vocational School Vegetable and Fruit Tree Orchard Establishment (SMARTS-BE) Program.

The 57th SEAMEO BIOTROP GBM this year was conducted back to back with In-Country Training Activity on School Garden for Improving Student’s Literacy, Nutrition and Entrepreneurship on 10-13 October 2019 in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of Cambodia and Royal University of Phnom Penh. (zsp/rf)