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Slovak President To Visit Cambodia in Early September
Phnom Penh, August 31, 2010 AKP -- President of the Slovak Republic H.E. Ivan Gasparovic will lead a high delegation to pay a State Visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia from Sept. 7 to 10, at the invitation of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia.
The Slovak president will be received in Royal Audience by His Majesty the King at the Royal Palace, said a press release of the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Besides, H.E. Ivan Gasparovic will receive courtesy calls by Samdech Akka Moha Thamma Pothisal Chea Sim, President of the Senate, Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly, and Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister.
During the visit, the Slovak president will also visit Angkor temples in Siem Reap province, the press release added.
The visit is aimed at strengthening and expanding the existing friendly ties and the bilateral cooperation between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Slovak Republic, it said. --AKP
Cambodia To Examine Opening of Orthodox Office
Phnom Penh, August 31, 2010 AKP -- Visiting Orthodox Representative Mr. Eric Duval has sought a permission to open an Orthodox representative office in Cambodia to help the country in humanitarian works.
During a meeting here on Aug. 31 with Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Mr. Eric Duval briefed the Cambodian premier on the Orthodoxy’s humanitarian activities in Cambodia, Ieng Sophalet, assistant to Samdech Techo Hun Sen, told reporters upon the meeting.
In reply, the Cambodian prime minister recommended Mr. Duval to address an official letter to the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, seeking its permission to open an Orthodox office in the Kingdom.
He further expressed his warm welcome and thanked Mr. Duval for his assistance to Cambodia, especially in building a health center in Pailin.
M. Eric Duval said he is planning to help Cambodia in the fields of education, health and agriculture. --AKP
(By LIM Nary)
Vietnamese PM Suggests Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement between Cambodia, Vietnam
Phnom Penh, August 31, 2010 AKP -- Cambodia and Vietnam should make joint efforts to sign an agreement on mutual legal assistance to boost the cooperation between the two nations, Chinese News Agency Xinhua quoted Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung as saying in Hanoi on Monday.
Dung made the proposal at a meeting with Cambodian Minister of Justice Ang Vong Vathana during his working visit to Vietnam.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said at the meeting that Vietnam wants to increase cooperation with Cambodia in all fields including politics, diplomatics, economics, justice, culture and social affairs.
As Vietnam has had a long-lasting relationship with Cambodia, the two sides should further promote the friendship cooperation, said Dung.
Dung proposed the ministries of Justice of the two countries to work closely together to reach a mutual legal assistance agreement in order to boost the two countries’ economic and trade cooperation.
The signing of the mutual legal assistance agreement will lay the legal foundation for people and companies of the two countries to increase understanding, build confidence and bolster friendship between the two nations.
At the meeting, Cambodian Minister of Justice Ang Vong Vathana said in the previous negotiations, Cambodian Ministry of Justice and Vietnamese Ministry of Justice have made a lot of efforts to sign a mutual legal assistance agreement between the two countries in the coming time. --AKP
Tourism Minister Meets Delegation of Japanese Tourism
Phnom Penh, August 31, 2010 AKP -- Cambodian Tourism minister said that Japanese tourist arrivals in Cambodia increased by 8 percent in the first seven months of 2010, a fifth place of tourism market, if compared to the same period last year.
H.E. Thong Khon, minister of Tourism told this to a 30-member delegation of Japanese tourism in Preah Sihanouk province on Aug. 28, who visited the province to understand the potentials for tourism investment and transport service.
If there is a direct flight from Japan, he thought the number of tourists will increase much more than this, he said.
The minister elaborated on the potentials for the provincial tourism.
The province has beaches, resorts, waterfall, deep seaport, international airport.
He said the Tourism Ministry applied for the coastlines, stretching from Koh Kong, plus Preah Sihanouk, to Kep, to be recognized by an international organization as a member of the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches Club.
He said the provincial authorities worked hard to prevent the costal areas from being polluted to become a member of the club in the near future.
He said tourism sector in the Kingdom is one the country’s backbone after agriculture and garments to contribute to the national revenue, mainly poverty reduction.
Mr. Masahiko Inada, Japanese tourism delegation leader, thanked the minister for his recommendations, pledging to encourage Japanese tourists to visit the Kingdom.
Next time, he said he will bring Japanese tourists to take direct flight to land at Keng Kang International Airport of Preah Sihanouk province. --AKP
(By THOU Peou)
S. Korea’s Energy Firms Seek Local Business Partners in Cambodia
Phnom Penh, August 31, 2010 AKP -- Twenty electricity ad energy firms from South Korea are looking for local business partners in Cambodia on Monday, Chinese News Agency Xinhua reported.
Kim Yoon Kyong, assistant to the manager of Korea East-West Power Co., headed South Korean firms for the meeting with some 67 Cambodian companies doing business in energy sector on Monday in Phnom Penh.
Kim said that the 20 South Koran firms are specialized in power plant construction, manufacturing power plant machinery, chemical and petrochemical refinery plant equipment, heavy electronic equipment, wind and solar energy and mining plant.
“We are here to seek local business partners in the sector of power and energy,” he said, adding that the electricity and energy sectors in Cambodia are still poor and there is large opportunity to develop it.
“Products for power and energy plants are not quite good in quality in Cambodia and prices are also high,” he said. “But our products will be with competitive prices – about 30 percent cheaper than those of other countries and the quality is good.”
Korea East-West Power Co. operates six power plants in South Korea accounting for 12.9 percent of South Korea’s power generation facilities.
“We hope that power and energy sector in Cambodia will be as developed as that in Korea in the future,” said Iv Visal, the deputy chief of the Power Distribution Department at the Electricité du Cambodge in the meeting on Monday. --AKP