Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Activists gather ahead ASEAN summit

Activists gather ahead ASEAN summit

Activists gather ahead ASEAN summit

Two thousand Cambodian activists and members of grassroots networks, along with 200 grassroots activists from the ASEAN region, will gather in Phnom Penh this week to discuss topics including food security and sovereignty, trade and investment.

Held by the Cambodian Cross-Sector Network, the ASEAN Grassroots People’s Assembly (AGPA) is a four-day event beginning on Tuesday ahead of the ASEAN leaders' second summit as part of a movement by the people of Southeast Asia to become more engaged in their governance.

“This is the opportunity and space for us to raise our voice also to share the solidarity with other people from ASEAN countries,” Ly Pisey, from Social Action for Change and the AGPA general organising committee, said during a media briefing yesterday.

In workshops and forums, participants will share issues and find solutions to problems faced by nations in the region.

Issues faced in Cambodia and across ASEAN include poor working conditions, the low wages of workers from the formal and informal economic sectors and a lack of employment among youth, a press release said.

Chea Sopherk, a board member of the Farmer and Nature Network, said delegates would discuss free-trade agreements and investment and how they  affected the agricultural sector and food security.

Other focal issues for the event are labour, natural resources and livelihood, as well as human rights and democracy.

To contact the reporter on this story: Anne Renzenbrink at [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia’s image problem

    In opening remarks at a recent event, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luy David said information can be a double-edged sword. He told a European Institute of Asian Studies (EIAS) briefing seminar that the media has unfairly presented

  • PM Hun Sen says dangers averted

    Delivering a campaign speech from his home via Facebook Live on Thursday, caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen said his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) had carried the country through danger in its latest mandate. He was specifically referring to the threat of a “colour revolution”

  • Kingdom's trade deal with EU questioned before poll

    A European Union (EU) mission met with senior government officials at the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday as the 28-member bloc monitors an agreement under which Cambodian goods reach the crucial European market tariff-free. Some 10 commissioners are in the Kingdom as part of a seven-day

  • A new carrier takes off in capital

    Cambodia Airways, the latest passenger airline to enter the Kingdom, launched its first domestic flight on Tuesday. Flight KR801, carrying 145 passengers, left the Phnom Penh International Airport at 9:50am and landed in Siem Reap at 10:35am in an Airbus A319. Cambodia Airways marketing and branding