The Parliamentary Institute of Cambodia was founded in 2011 at the request of members of the Cambodian Parliament and its General Secretariats. It has two mandates:
- To contribute to the strengthening of the Cambodian Parliament through the capacity development of its members and parliamentary staff; and
- to share its experiences with others and other parliaments in the region and beyond.
PIC is independently run and funded, adheres to a policy of strict neutrality and is demand-driven so that it can fully align its activities to those of the Parliament. Capacity strengthening is at the core of PIC’s activities, and services include training, workshops, seminars and internships, as well as support for outreach activities such as expert hearings, public consultations and national and international fact finding and study missions.
On 21 September 2020, PIC and former trainees of the Fiscal Analysis Training Program (FACT) attended the virtual “Cambodian Day” event which was organized by Sida in Stockholm for Swedish authorities working in Cambodia, especially with Partnership for Accountability and Transparency (PAT) partners.
From 15 to 17 September 2020, the Parliamentary Institute of Cambodia attended the virtual regional workshop on the Human Rights Based Approach and Gender Equality, organized by the Sida regional office in Bangkok.
PIC’s second annual Parliamentary Diplomacy Simulation Exercise began on 7 September, 2020. Modeled after the upcoming 11th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting (ASEP 11), this practical workshop is the final phase of this year’s PIC Regional Fellowship Program on Parliamentary Diplomacy (RFPPD), now in its second intake.
41st General Assembly of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly: Parliamentary Diplomacy for a Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN Community
The General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) was held virtually from 8 to 10 September 2020 and hosted by the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, even amidst the global pandemic of COVID-19.