SITT MOU Signing in Cambodia

 The SEATCA-Southeast Asia Initiative on Tobacco Tax (SITT), formally signed a Memorandum of Understanding with its major partner in Cambodia, the WHO, last 14 January 2010 at the WHO Offices in Phnom Penh.  In photo is SEATCA Director, Ms. Bungon Ritthiphakdee and WHO-Cambodia Representative Dr. Pieter JM van Maaren.

The SITT is a major five-year initiative on tobacco tax in five Southeast Asian countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines and Vietnam.  With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, SITT will provide policymakers with research-based evidence of the effectiveness of improved tobacco tax systems with higher rates and sustainable funding mechanisms for tobacco control.