November 23, 2020
To build the trade impact assessment capacity of Cambodia, Ministry of Commerce and ARISE Plus Cambodia co-organized a methodology and strategy workshop on trade impact assessments, with four specific objectives:
1. To develop a common understanding among workshop participants about the current practice and challenges with trade impact assessments in Cambodia;
2. To introduce workshop participants to common practices/implementation of trade impact assessments, which encompass economic, social & human rights, and environmental impacts;
3. To create a forum for relevant stakeholders to discuss and agree on a practical plan/model of trade impact assessments to be adopted by Cambodia, considering the current strengths and limitations of relevant line ministries and the socio-political situation of the country; and
4. To discuss and agree on the next steps that need to be collectively undertaken to build trade impact assessment capacity of Cambodia.
Participated in the Workshop government officials from relevant ministries of trade negotiations, private sector representatives, civil society stakeholders, and local think tanks who could potentially be the government’s partners in implementing future trade impact assessments.
The workshop was facilitated and delivered by BKP Economic Advisors, an economic research and consulting firm based in Germany. For information on BKP, visit their website: https://www.bkp-development.com/ .
The workshop took place over three days and was organized into two blocks. Block 1 was a two-day session on November 3-4, 2020, focusing on trade impact assessments' technical/methodological aspects (the methodology workshop). Block 2 was a one-day online session on 23 November 2020, dedicated to discussing Cambodia's preferred way of moving forward in terms of implementing TIAs and the corresponding support requirements (the strategy workshop). The workshop results will formulate the subsequent support of ARISE Plus Cambodia in trade impact assessments for Cambodia.