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Transforming e-waste into job and business opportunities in Cambodia Newsletter, 1st edition, February 2014 Project Overview In 2012, UNIDO forged partnership with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Samsung Electronics in creating jobs, business opportunities and ensuring effective management of electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) in Cambodia. A three year project with the total budget of USD 1,350,000, UNIDO works closely with two line Ministries in Cambodia namely the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (MOLVT) through National Technical Training Institute (NTTI) and Ministry of Environment (MOE). Through its inter-related expected outcomes: strengthened capacities of youth sector to support the increase in employment and business opportunities in the electronic industry and improved e-waste management skills, knowledge and practices, the project contributes to (1) the Cambodia National Youth policy in which its main strategies includes but not limits to the promotions of education, training, capacity development, and development of entrepreneurial thinking and labor market; (2) the achievement the Government’s 3R (reduce, re-use, recycle) National Strategy & National Green Growth Roadmap. The project is being implemented in five target sites: Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Kampong Cham, and Siem Reap provinces, and the capital Phnom Penh.

trainers who are expected to deliver rollout trainings in pilot provinces during the project.

Training of Trainers (TOT): Installation and repair services

Consequently, a series of rollout trainings on the “Installation and Repair Services” was organized from June to August 2013 in each of the target provinces and capital city. The trainings aimed at providing and upgrading the installation and repair skills to target youth beneficiaries for employment. As a result, 110 youths were trained, of which 34% of those trained are now employed in repair shops or have started their own small repair services business.

Rollout training for target youth beneficiaries in pilot provinces

The project launch in August 2012: Partnership forged for poverty reduction and better e-waste management

Key project interventions and results, so far Capacities built for project beneficiaries on installation and repair skills for 5 priority products: mobile phone, air conditioner, television, refrigerator and washing machine through Training of Trainers (TOT) and Roll Out trainings supported by Samsung Electronics The first TOT on “Installation and Repair Services” on 5 products was conducted in December 2012 by Thai Samsung trainers. Thirty (30) participants, mostly from provincial training center (PTC) were trained and later became trainers in the rollout training for the target youth beneficiaries. The Training of Trainers (TOT) program has so far built a pool of

Baseline study and comprehensive assessment: Improvement and availability of baseline information for effective e-waste management in Cambodia A quick stakeholder assessment which included a review & analysis of the available data on e-waste management was conducted in April 2012 by UNIDO’s international expert through desk review, interviews, consultations with different stakeholders and field exposures. Overview of the e-waste management landscape was reviewed and key players, issues, opportunities in waste and non-waste electrical, electronic equipment (EEE) businessesfor possible project interventions were identified. The results of the quick assessment also provided strategic guidance for UNIDO’s counterpart, Ministry of Environment to conduct the e-waste comprehensive assessment in Cambodia. A more comprehensive baseline study was conducted in May 2013 which was led by UNIDO in partnership with a

Transforming e-waste into job and business opportunities in Cambodia local research team. The study covered waste and non-waste businesses in 5 pilot provinces which has served as basis for project interventions specifically in the context of job creation. About 1,360 local businesses participated through structured interview and data obtained were analyzed jointly by UNIDO and local research team. Part of the results of the study demonstrated that among the 5 pilot provinces, Phnom Penh and Battambang have the most number of repair and dismantling businesses, whereas Kampong Cham and Siem Reap have more local retail businesses. Key players of the whole ewaste value chain were analyzed.


Februarysound 2014 the lack ofNewsletter, awareness 1onedition, environmental management. Exposure visit and technical exchange: local and institutional capacity building strategy for effective e-waste management From November 9-15, 2013, a group of 8 officials led by H.E. Khieu Muth, the Secretary of State of MoE, and H.E. Yok Soty, Director of NTTI, had visited the Republic of Korea (RoK) and met several key Korean institutions specializing in E-waste management and human resource development. The participants gained valuable knowledge on current e-waste management practices and technologies in the Republic of Korea through experience sharing and information from relevant institutions.

Refurbishment of old CTR in Banteay Meanchey province

A comprehensive assessment of e-waste in Cambodia was conducted by MoE in collaboration with UNIDO from July to October 2013 in the five target sites. The assessment provided a situational analysis and an overview of the current e-waste landscape, policy and legislation framework, current and future flows of e-waste, e-waste repairing/ dismantling practices, e-waste generation and management in Cambodia.

Capacity building for key counterparts: Exposure visit and technical exchange in the Republic of Korea

Outlook- 2014      

Orientation workshop on UNIDO’s e-waste approach nd The 2 TOT on Installation and Repair Services nd 2 Rollout training on Installation and Repair Services(targeted for youth) Second phase of comprehensive assessment Curriculum development with NTTI Entrepreneurship development training (focus on electrical & electronic equipment)

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Interview with the owner of a Television’s shop in Banteay Meanchey province as part of the baseline assessment

The results of the assessment indicated that there is a lack of specific regulation for e-waste management. It also showed that the importation of new EEE and UEEE is increasing thus will the generation of waste. The study also indicated that EEE/e-waste management at various sources, e.g. households, repairing/ dismantling sources, and others, has many gaps, which could have severe impacts to the environment and public health. One of the gaps is

Ms. Gloria M ADAPON UNIDO Project Manager E-mail: In Cambodia: Mr. Narin SOK Head of UNIDO Operations Email: Mr. Sok Chea HAK National Project Coordinator H/P: +855 17 705 590 Email:

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