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Sofitel state visit
Friday, 11 June 2010 15:00 Soeun Say
French Foreign Trade Secretary Anne Marie Idrac visited the 12-storey Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra Hotel construction site on Thursday in recognition of the French-backed investment in the facility, according to the hotel’s area general manager Didier Lamoot. The hotel, slated to open in November this year, is a three-way joint venture by French, Thai and Cambodian firms, he said, but he declined to comment on the amount of capital invested. The hotel is being built on 12 hectares of land – the site of the former Royal Phnom Penh Hotel on Sothearos Boulevard that was burned out during the 2003 anti-Thai rioting. Once complete, it will have 201 rooms, a spa, swimming pool, restaurant and conference hall with a daily cost of up to US$2,500 for a room, Lamoot said. He said he expects the hotel would do well with the growth in tourism, saying the sector had remained bouyant, despite the world economic crisis last year.
ICT growth bright
Friday, 11 June 2010 15:00 May Kunmakara
Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand will lead developments in the information communication technology (ICT) sector in the Greater Mekong, according to Korea Intergovernmental Cooperation Centre director general Lee Hyuk, who was speaking after a five-day ICT workshop attended by around 150 delegates from the Greater Mekong sub-region and Korea. Delegates discussed constructing an information superhighway network across the region at the workshop, organised by the Korean Internet & Security Agency with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. Lee said there was much room for growth in the region, with its combined 200 million-plus population and underdeveloped ICT infrastructure. “The possibility of the region’s growth is very and very high. Right now Korea is also working in cooperation with ASEAN, but the GMS is the core of ASEAN, I believe,” he said. “I think Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand will be the leaders in the region, while Lao and Myanmar will follow.
Immigration: Group calls for migrant disclosure
Friday, 11 June 2010 15:01 Tep Nimol
In a letter to the Ministry of Interior dated Thursday, the Cambodia Watchdog Council (CWC) requested the publication of statistics detailing the number of legal and illegal immigrants living in Cambodia. Rong Chhun, a CWC representative, said that the number of Vietnamese immigrants is on the rise, threatening job security for Cambodian citizens. “They enter Cambodia to compete for jobs with Cambodian people,” he said. “Moreover, too great a flow of illegal immigrants into Cambodia can make Cambodian people lose their national identity.” Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said the ministry had not yet received the letter, but added that it is not compelled to produce the figures. “The Interior Ministry cannot be ordered by the CWC. It is under the fourth government mandate, which has the role of serving Cambodian citizens and not Rong Chhun.” He did not disclose the number of immigrants in Cambodia, but said that the ministry is conducting an immigrant census. A 2007 report by the ministry said that there were between 70,000 and 100,000 Vietnamese immigrants living in Cambodia.