Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - CMAC, Golden West renew cooperation agreement

CMAC, Golden West renew cooperation agreement

CMAC Director Heng Ratana renews an agreement with Len Austin, director of special projects for the US State Department-supported Golden West Humanitarian Foundation.
CMAC Director Heng Ratana renews an agreement with Len Austin, director of special projects for the US State Department-supported Golden West Humanitarian Foundation. Photo supplied

CMAC, Golden West renew cooperation agreement

Heng Ratana, president of the Cambodian Mine Action Centre, announced on Tuesday the renewal of a partnership with the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, which is supported by the US State Department.

According to Ratana, the agreement covers programs for the next three years.

Len Austin, Golden West’s director of special projects, confirmed the renewal today, calling it “standard process”.

Austin said the memorandum of understanding is required for Golden West to continue working from CMAC’s office in Kampong Chhnang. Among its work, the organisation recycles explosives that are used to destroy landmines and other unexploded ordnance, he added.

The organisation is supported by the US State Department, and has also worked to train CMAC’s Dive Unit in underwater bomb disposal, with the first Cambodian-led removal mission in 2015. In order to remove the ordnance, a team of divers must inspect it underwater and fasten equipment to it, before hauling it out of the water.

The relationship between CMAC and the US became fractious earlier this year after multiple high-ranking government officials publicly accused the US of neglecting its Vietnam War-era legacy. The heightened anti-US rhetoric coincided with a crackdown on the Cambodian opposition, which officials accused of colluding with the US to foment “revolution”.

The US, in turn, responded by accusing Cambodia of seeking to politicise a humanitarian issue, ultimately cut its $2 million in annual funding for CMAC and opening a clearance project in the country’s east up to bidding.


  • PM orders immediate action against ‘sexy’ live streamers

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday ordered immediate action against women who live stream their sales pitches on Facebook wearing revealing clothing. The prime minister said the practice erodes traditional Cambodian values and disgraces women. Hun Sen gave the order to officials attending the Cambodian

  • Trump tweets praise for Kingdom docking ship

    Cambodia continues to earn praise for its humanitarian act of allowing the MS Westerdam cruise ship with more than 2,200 passengers and crew on board to dock at the Preah Sihanouk port. The praise this time comes from none other than US President Donald Trump. “Thank

  • Tourist area greenlit in Sihanoukville

    The National Committee for Coastal Management and Development will coordinate with relevant ministries over the establishment of a billion-dollar tourist area named Neak Reach in Preah Sihanouk province after it was proposed by the Ministry of Tourism. The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and

  • Hun Sen defends decision to dock Westerdam cruise ship

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday hit back at critics who say he allowed the Westerdam cruise ship to dock in Sihanoukville for political reasons. Speaking at an annual gathering of the Ministry of Interior, Hun Sen said he acted to avert a humanitarian catastrophe

  • Organic vegetable retailer unveils QR code scheme for origin source

    Organic vegetable retailer Natural Agriculture Village has introduced QR codes on its product packaging, which will allow consumers to see where their produce comes from. Natural Agriculture Village president Bun Sieng, who is also a member of local distributor Green Gold, told The Post on

  • Cool heads will defeat Covid-19

    Since Covid-19 was first reported as a world health issue, cruise ships have been the worst to suffer after airlines. The experiences of those who were initially trapped on the Covid-19-stricken Diamond Princess are unimaginable. The cruise ship was rejected from docking at one