PCAsia Training on Legislative Drafting Techniques, 24 October-30 November 2022

Issues related to land tenure, gender equality and indigenous communities’ advancement are among the most pressing currently facing the Cambodian Parliament. In response, PCAsia was asked to deliver a Training on Legislative Drafting, with practical exercises on legislative analysis focusing on those subjects.

The training began on October 24, with opening remarks delivered by PCAsia Capacity Development Director Mr John Christopher. Addressing participants, Mr Christopher described that the five-week training, which is being conducted face-to-face and will conclude on 30 November, aims to develop the technical capacity of parliamentary staff of the National Assembly and Senate of Cambodia whose daily work requires understanding and command of legislative analysis skills. He continued on how some of the training sessions are being conducted in Khmer, as the legal terminology used during practical exercises needs to be addressed in the national language.

He introduced the instructors from PCAsia, Mr Hisham MOUSAR, Mr Sovannarith SO, and Dr Lison GUIGNARD, and that they will be joined by other experts made available by PCAsia’s partner, the organisation LANDESA, which has a long history on the issues of land rights of rural women and men.

In closing, Mr Christopher wished all participating parliamentary staff a great training with many rich and dynamic exchanges. He advised them to apply the techniques and knowledge they will gain in their work in service of their Parliament, and to share the experiences and lessons learnt with their colleagues from other AIPA Member Parliaments.