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    New Director to Coordinate Technical Cooperation Joins ITC


    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 3/2005

    Photo: ITC/S. Lee

    Mr Sok Siphana, a Cambodian national, joined ITC in October this year as Director of the Division of Technical Cooperation Coordination, which manages ITC's national and regional programmes. Mr Sok replaces Hendrik Roelofsen, who retired in October.

    After working in the private sector in the United States, he was a consultant for small businesses and international organizations such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. He also worked as a legal expert for the UN Development Programme.

    In May 1999, he became Vice Minister in Cambodia's Ministry of Commerce. In this capacity, he worked extensively on issues related to trade promotion, trade policies, trade and development, the commercial legal framework and economic integration. He was also a key player in Cambodia's accession to the World Trade Organization. He has written abundantly on trade and development, legal and investment issues and has worked closely with the donor community.

    Mr Sok is familiar with ITC as a result of his association with the Integrated Framework in his own, and other, countries, with various ITC projects carried out in Cambodia and with the Executive Forum. Mr Sok is holder of a Master of Business Administration from the Century University of New Mexico (United States), a Juris Doctor in Law from the Widener University School of Law in Delaware (United States) and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Law and Economics with the Bond University School of Law in Queensland (Australia).