On 7 March 2013, the Arbitration Council Foundation (the ACF) launched the Khmer version of the international bestseller on negotiation, Getting to Yes. This book has taught millions of people a better way to negotiate. One of the primary business texts of the modern era, it is based on the work of the Harvard Negotiation Project, an organisation of the Harvard Law School that deals with all levels of negotiation and conflict resolution.

With this book in mind, the ACF, in collaboration with the Women’s Media Centre of Cambodia, commissioned Getting to Yes a 30-minute negotiation edutainment video showcasing a better way to negotiate disputes to reach mutually acceptable agreements. The film offers an inspiring message for everyone involved in disputes to engage in “principled negotiation”.

The launch of the book and video was held at Le Movie at the French Cultural Centre with approximately 60 participants from government, donors, the private sector, trade unions, universities, and factories.  

Mr. Sok Lor, ACF Executive Director, said that this launch will encourage employers and workers to find a common middle ground. It also helps to maintain relationships in the workplace.

“Negotiation plays a crucial role in resolving labour disputes as the dispute may end if the negotiation is successful. On the other hand, failure to negotiate effectively may prolong a dispute that may otherwise have been solved quickly” he said.

This is the first launch event of the Arbitration Council since its inception in May 2003.