(EnergyAsia, November 2 2012, Friday) — Cambodians for Resource Revenue Transparency (CRRT) will host a one-day conference entitled, “Best Practices of Governance in Extractive Industries and Revenue Management,” at the Cambodiana Hotel in Phnom Penh today.

The conference, attended by representatives from the Association of South East Asia Nations (ASEAN), will also include representatives of Cambodian government ministries, industry experts, researchers, university students, national and international non-governmental organisations, embassies, donors, development partners and members of the media and the private sector.

The speakers will include Emmy Perdanahari, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs/EITI Indonesia secretariat, Pak Husen, Pertamina’s upstream director, Farid Farzaliyev, Head of the EITI Secretariat at Azerbaijan’s State Oil Fund as well as senior members from civil organisations.

They and other speakers will present experiences and observations about the oil, gas and mining in their regions to an estimated 200 participants.

Two plenary panel discussions will explore ways for government, civil society and private sector to use both advocacy and on-the-ground responses to address the root causes of non-transparency and non-accountability in the extractive industries. Additional topics will be to address ways to promote just, equitable and inclusive societies.

Chhay Sarath, CRRT’s executive director, said: “This conference is an important event to best build common understanding among government, the private sector and the public on important details about oil, gas and mining development in Cambodia.”

Neb Sinthay, CRRT chairman, who is also executive director of the Phnom Penh-based Advocacy and Policy Institute (API), said:

“We are honoured to bring together some of the most experienced voices involved in this important issue representing the Royal Government of Cambodia, experts from other ASEAN nations and leaders in the worldwide effort to effectively and wisely develop the extractive industry sector.”

This event is sponsored and supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) through Revenue Watch Institute (RWI), Norwegian’s People Aid (NPA), Oxfam America (OA), Misereor and ICCO.

CRRT describes itself as a coalition of civil society organisations working with the government and private sector to help ensure that revenues from extractive industries in Cambodia are transparently and accountably managed to equitably benefit Cambodian people in current and future generations.

The organisation says its vision is that wealth generated from extractive industries is managed in a socially responsible manner that is transparent, accountable, and participatory to equitably benefit all Cambodians.