Government-Donor Partnership Working Group
Minutes of the Third Plenary Meeting

April 03, 2003: 15:00h at CDC


The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming all members of the Working Group and other participants present at the meeting. As agenda for the meeting he proposed the following three items for discussion and agreement:

Composition and the Terms of Reference of the Working Group.
The working principles/procedures for the Group.
The Terms of Reference of the three studies that are being carried out under the umbrella of the Working Group.

The proposed agenda was accepted. In his introduction to the agenda item #1 -Composition and the Terms of Reference of the Working Group - he provided a recap of the developments and discussions to-date concerning the formation and the TORS of the Working Group. After extensive discussion on the issues surrounding the composition of the Group, it was agreed that:

    i. the membership of the Working Group as of 3 April 2003 will include:
      Government Chair
      Japan Co-Vice Chair
      UN Resident Coordinator Co-Vice Chair
      ADB Member
      Australia Member
      Canada Member
      Denmark Member
      European Commission Member
      France Member
      Germany Member
      Sweden Member
      United Kingdom Member
      World Bank Member





Twice a year, before both the CG and the Follow-up CG Meetings, other development partners who may want to formally join the Working Group will have an opportunity to do so.

All meetings of the Working Group will be open to any development partner who may wish to participate in the discussions.

The Terms of Reference of the Working Group were approved. It was also agreed that in order for the Working Group to achieve some tangible results, it needs to remain focused on identifying, analyzing, and making recommendations on issues for which feasible solutions can be agreed to and implemented immediately. The three studies included in the TORs are the current priorities and additional topics considered important by the Working Group can be added in the future.

In his introduction to the second item on the agenda - the working principles/procedures for the Group - the Chairman sought clarification on the following topics:

The role of Co-Vice Chairs.
Whom should the invitations for the Group meetings should be sent.
What is an acceptable quorum for conducting a meeting.
How many days before the scheduled meetings should the invitations be sent - 5, 7, or 10 days.

  After extensive discussion, it was agreed that:





The Co-Vice Chairs can play a useful role by liaising with their respective constituencies periodically and providing a feedback to the Working Group.
The formal invitations for meeting will be sent to the 12 development partners, listed in para#2 above. The minutes of the meetings, however, will be circulated to all development partners.
No quorum requirement is necessary.
The formal invitation letters for future meetings of the Working Group will be sent 10 days prior to the planned meetings.

In his introduction to the third item on the agenda - Progress on the three studies that are being carried out under the umbrella of the Working Group - the Chairman provided an update. The three studies include:

Analysis of the capacity building practices of Cambodia’s development partners.
National Operational Guidelines for development Cooperation.
Practices and lessons learned in the management of development cooperation.


He reported that work on the first study is in progress and a report from the team is expected in early June. In the case of the second study, an action plan has been prepared that was sent with the invitation for this meeting. The next step is to prioritize the activities identified in the action plan. This study will be carried out in steps over an extended time period. The fieldwork on the third study has been completed. A reported is expected by May/June. In terms of financing of these studies the Chairman reported that the study #1 and #2 are being financed by the UNDP Support Programme for Aid Coordination and Partnerships at the CDC of which he was the National Programme Director. The third study is being financed by Japan. He emphasized that: (i) these studies are being carried out under the umbrella of the Government-Donor Partnership Working Group, and (ii) that they are being managed by him in his capacity as the Chairman of this Group. He also informed the Group that the RGC has already appointed (on December 30, 2002) its representatives to work with the consultant teams for each of these studies.

After discussion it was agreed that a letter would be sent to members of the Working Group to ask for their interest in participating in sub-groups for each of the three studies to facilitate and guide the work of the consultant teams. With respect to the reporting procedures of the consultant teams, they will first present their draft report to the Sub-Group members. Depending on the feedback from the Sub-Group the consultant teams will carryout revisions and the revised draft will be presented to the Working Group. Finally, the consultant will present their report at two wrap up meetings, one with all development partners and the other with Government officials.

6. The meeting finished at 5pm. The list of participants is attached.

Government-Donor Partnership Working Group
April 03, 2003: 15:00h at CDC


H.E. Mr. Chhieng Yanara
H.E. Mr. Katsuhiro Shinohara
Mr. Ladislaus Byenkya-Abwooli
Dr. Daniel Arghiros
Ms. Raine Dixon for Mr. Blair Exell
H.E. Mr. Urooj Malik
H.E. Dr. Lee Won Hyung
for UN Resident Coordinator
Ambassador, Korea
Co-Vice Chair
Co-Vice Chair
H.E. Mr. Alain Rauch
H.E. Mr. Winston McColgan
Mr. Mogens L. Christensen
Mr. Valentin Dikushin
Dr. Nipa Banerjee
Dr. Thomas Engelhardt
Ms. Agneta Danielsson
Mr. Antoine de Dianous
Ms. Nantinee Niyaso
Mr. Scott Harding
Mr. Juro Chikaraishi
Ms. Chisa Hara
Mr. Ryutaro Takaku
Ms. Chinami Hanazono
Mr. Bertrand Boisselet
Mr. Long Piseth
Mr. Fabio Artuso
Ms. Beate Trankmann
Mr. Kay Kimsong
Premier Counsellor, France
Chargé d’Affaires a.i., EC
Minister Counsellor, Denmark
Counsellor, Russian Embassy
Counsellor and head of AID, CIDA
Country Representative, Germany/GTZ
First Secretary, Sweden/Sida
Economic Counsellor, French Embassy
Second Secretary, Royal Thai Embassy
Program Officer, USAID
Resident Representative, JICA
Deputy Resident Representative, JICA
Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan
Special Advisor, Embassy of Japan
Deputy Director, Agence Française Dèvelopment
Senior Programme Officer, Danish Embassy
Programme Officer, EC
Governance Team Leader, UNDP
Reporter, Cambodia Daily
Ms. Heng Sokun
Mr. Rith Vuthy
Mr. Om Tara
Dr. Farid Siddiqui
Mr. Itsu Adachi
Mr. Oul Nak
Mr. Hem Van Yuth
Mr. Chum Samnang
Mr. Saram Channarith
Mr. Chhin Sam Oeun
Ms. Sou Pheakny
Mr. Chhun Vanna

Director, Aid Management: Japan, Asia Pacific & America, CDC/CRDB
Director, Aid Management: Europe, EC & IFIs, CDC/CRDB
Director, NGO Coordination Department, CDC/CRDB
Senior Advisor, UNDP Support Programme at CDC
Advisor to CDC/CRDB, JICA
Deputy Director, Aid Management: Europe, EC & IFIs, CDC/CRDB
Deputy Director, Aid Management: Europe, EC & IFIs, CDC/CRDB
Assistant to the Secretary General, CDC/CRDB
ICT Expert, UNDP Support Programme at CDC
Operations/Technical Officer, UNDP Support Programme at CDC
National Professional, UNDP Support Programme at CDC
National Professional, UNDP Support Programme at CDC


April 4, 2003

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