C ambodians living outside the country played a large role in preparing for ICORC
Kathy Taromina, coordinator for the Cambodian Workshop on
Reconstruction and Development, said the conference would not have been so
successful without the help of ex-pat Cambodians.
"Aside from gathering
and analyzing data, Cambodian ex-pats took part in meetings outside the country,
identifying problem areas and having a direct input into the draft discussion
Apart from giving expert advice, ex-pat Cambodians from France,
England, Belgium, Australia, Canada and the United States with legal, management
and engineering skills, also acted as interpreters.
Many joined the
planning process in January and helped draw up draft discussion papers used by
each of the 11 committees. The committee's plans were the basis of the
government's National Programme presented at the conference.
In a bid to
entice Cambodians living abroad to return to aid in the country's
reconstruction, trips home were organized by the US Indo-China Reconciliation
Project in New York.