Phnom Penh, 3 December 2022 (TDI): The ASEAN Mayors Forum (AMF) and the Meeting of Governors/Mayors of ASEAN Capitals (MGMAC 2022) took place in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, on December 2-3.

Khuong Sreng, Governor of Phnom Penh & Chairman of the Organising Committee of the ASEAN meetings said that “the meetings stand as a good opportunity for mayors and governors of ASEAN Capitals to share knowledge and experience in resolving challenges, especially for the post-COVID-19 recovery”.

Furthermore, he said in the Plenary Session of AMF and MGMAC 2022 on December 2 that “ASEAN will continue strengthening and expanding the cooperation between its members for the interest of people in the capitals toward achieving one Community”.


The theme of MGMAC was “Promoting Comprehensive Cooperation for Smart, Resilient, and Sustainable Cities”. This intends to promote smart, resilient, and sustainable cities.

AMF Theme

The theme of AMF was “Strengthening Collaboration through Accelerating the Implementation of Smart, Resilient, and Sustainable Cities for Transformative and Inclusive Urban Living in the New Normal”.

Additionally, Sreng emphasized that the Governors’ Forum 2022 aims to promote collaboration. This can be done by encouraging the development of smart, resilient, and sustainable cities under ASEAN principles and addressing shared concerns.

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AMF and MGMAC 2022 comprise 71 members, with Sreng as chairman and Nuon Pharoth, Deputy Governor of Phnom Penh, as a permanent member.

Earlier, the head of the Research and Advocacy Program of the Cambodian Youth Network Association, Heng Kimhong said that “the AMF should discuss steps to prevent human trafficking and misuse of international airports by the perpetrators”.

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“I also want the Forum to take up the issue of drug trafficking and find a mechanism to deal with the problem across the world,” Pharoth added.

He said that “Cambodia should take advantage of the ASEAN meetings to learn about land management, urban planning, and construction from other countries such as Thailand, and Singapore”.