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Cambodia-Iran Cooperation in Petroleum and Gas Sectors
Phnom Penh, September 1, 2010 AKP -- Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers H.E. Sok An received here on Aug. 30 Ambassador of Iran to Cambodia Mr. Seyed Javad Ghavam.
The meeting particularly focused on cooperation between both countries on petroleum and gas sectors.
According to the meeting, Cambodia will send its experts to Iran to further learn about the country’s experiences and for its part, Iran will send its technical group to Cambodia to cooperate in petroleum and gas exploration.
The Hanoi-based Iranian ambassador also expressed his country’s intention to import Cambodian rice and to cooperate in other fields including culture and tourism.
In reply, the Cambodian deputy prime minister warmly welcomed Iran’s intention and the two countries’ cooperation in the fields of petroleum and gas. --AKP
(By OU Sokha)
Cambodia To Host 2011 ASEAN Tourism Forum
Phnom Penh, September 1, 2010 AKP -- Cambodia has officially announced to host the 2011 ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF).
The announcement of the 2011 ATF and the Tourism Ministry’s new website (www.tourismcambodia.org) were made here on Aug. 31 at Naga World Hotel under the presidency of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers H.E. Sok An, with the participation of some 1,000 government officials, private sector’s representatives and foreign ambassadors to Cambodia.
According to Tourism Minister H.E. Thong Khon, the upcoming ATF under the theme “ASEAN - A world of Wonders and Diversity” will be held from Jan. 18 to 21, 2011 at Koh Pich Conference and Exhibition Center. Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen will preside over the opening ceremony of the forum, he said.
The forum will hold a series of related meetings including ASEAN Tourism Ministerial Meeting, ASEAN Tourism Ministerial Meeting with dialogue partners, ASEAN Tourism Conference (ATC); tourism exhibition TRAVEX with around 420 booths; and a friendly golf tournament organized and sponsored by CNN.
For his part, H.E. Sok An said that the forum is an important opportunity for all countries, especially the ASEAN member countries, ASEAN+3 and ASEAN+India, Australia and Russia to share opinions, experiences and strategies for the tourism development.
Cambodia used to host the forum of its kind in Jan. 2003 in Phnom Penh. --AKP
(By LIM Nary)
Cambodia To Hold ASEAN Defense Ministerial Meeting in 2012
Phnom Penh, September 1, 2010 AKP -- Cambodia will host the Second ASEAN Defense Ministerial Meeting (ADMM) in Phnom Penh in 2012.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense H.E. Tea Banh said in a meeting on Aug. 31 at the ministry.
H.E. Tea Banh hoped that the 2012 ADMM will be as successful as the multinational military exercise “Angkor Sentinel 2010,” hosted by Cambodia in July this year. --AKP
Anti-Corruption Unit Officers Sworn In
Phnom Penh, September 1, 2010 AKP -- Fourteen of the 100 members of the Anti-corruption Unit took an oath here yesterday at the Court of Appeal to implement their profession as judicial police and to begin investigating suspected corruption cases.
The swearing-in is in conformity with the article 67 of the 2007 Penal Code.
The 14 members include the chairman and the three vice-chairmen of the Anti-corruption Unit.
Uk Savuth, prosecutor-general of the Court of Appeal, said the Anti-corruption Unit’s judicial police was empowered to arrest any suspects of corruption. --AKP
(By SOKMOM Nimul)
Over 1,000 Families in Svay Rieng Receive Donation from Cambodian Red Cross
Phnom Penh, September 1, 2010 AKP -- Some 1,520 poor families from different districts and cities of Svay Rieng province have received donation from the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC).
Addressing the donation distribution ceremony held on Aug. 30 in Svay Rieng province, CRC President Lok Chumteav Bun Rany Hun Sen said she was so happy to offer some donation to poor people, people living with HIV/AIDS, aged people, and orphans.
The donation, worth approximately US$37,000, is from local and international charitable people as well as from the King, King-Father and Queen-Mother, Lok Chumteav Bun Rany Hun Sen said.
Each family got rice, can fish, instant noodle, scarf, sarong, blanket, net, bread, and drinking water. --AKP
(By CHAN Soratha)
Cambodian Information Minister Praises Cambodian and Thai Media
Phnom Penh, September 1, 2010 AKP -- Cambodian Information minister lauded Cambodian and Thai journalists for the maturity of their journalism professional career.
Speaking at a meeting of ASEAN media union held at Phnom Penh Hotel on Aug. 29 with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Nhiek Bun Chhay and visiting Thailand’s Deputy Commerce Minister H.E. Alongkorn Ponlaboot, Information Minister H.E. Khieu Kanharith said even though there were tensions and wars of words between the two countries over one year ago, the media of the two countries did not incite racial hatred of each other, so it showed that they were mature for their professional job.
The minister said he was pleased with the meeting of ASEAN media union which gave an opportunity to exchange experiences and understand each other, and which especially was attended by Thailand’s Deputy Commerce Minister H.E. Alongkorn Ponlaboot.
Thailand wished to set up special economic zone at the border between the two countries, aimed at benefiting both Cambodia and Thailand in term of trade and tourism, mainly giving jobs to the Cambodian labors and contributing to the poverty reduction, he said.
He also urged the media of the two countries to maintain their political maturity and professional career.
As compared to ASEAN-member countries, Cambodian journalists are more junior than those in ASEAN, he said, adding that “we made great efforts through training given by the partners and non-government organizations. --AKP
(By THOU Peou)
Cambodia, VN Ink Education Cooperation Deal
Phnom Penh, September 1, 2010 AKP -- The Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training on Aug. 31 signed a cooperation agreement for this year.
Under the agreement that was inked in Hanoi, Vietnam will receive 130 Cambodian students for graduate and postgraduate courses, internship, research and short-term refresher courses on science, technology, Vietnamese language and other fields, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
Vietnam is also willing to receive Cambodian students who wish to study in Vietnam with their own money or with funding from international organizations and the Cambodian government.
For its part, Cambodia will accept 10 Vietnamese students for study at its universities and 20 officials to learn Khmer language in two years.
The two countries will send their working teams to one another to review the cooperation and examine their students’ study outcomes.
The countries will support cooperation in scientific and educational research between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City as well as between provinces sharing the border and encourage the exchange of educational materials, magazines and reviews. --AKP
Asia-Pacific Workshop on Pro-Poor Policies on Food, Agriculture Opens in Cambodia
Phnom Penh, September 1, 2010 AKP -- An Asia-Pacific workshop held in Cambodia calls for strengthening capacity for policy analysis over pro-poor policy in food and agriculture, Chinese News Agency Xinhua quoted a statement released Tuesday as saying.
The statement released by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said the one-week workshop started on Monday is proving theoretical and practical grounding in pro-poor policy concepts and related tools.
The workshop is held in the northern province of Siem Reap, and the meeting was opened by Kith Seng, undersecretary of state of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and the FAO representative in Cambodia, Ajay Markanday.
At the opening, Kith Seng expressed his support to endeavors for “creative exchange of experiences and debate toward fostering agricultural and rural development in the region.”
In addition to the workshop’s capacity strengthening focus, Ajay Markanday urged participants to “learn from other participant countries’ experiences, challenges and solutions and gain insights from their lessons learned and best practices.”
According to Sumiter Singh Broca, policy officer based at FAO’s regional office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, “the workshop presents an exciting opportunity to address general economic concepts and analytical tools required for sound policy making, in the context of rapidly changing preferences, technologies, and institutions in food and agricultural markets.”
Twenty-four officials from nine Asia-Pacific region countries are attending the workshop which will end on Sept. 5.
The workshop is organized by an FAO Pro-Poor Policy regional project funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme in Bangladesh supported by USAID and the European Union. --AKP
Vietnam Provides Electricity to Cambodia
Phnom Penh, September 1, 2010 AKP -- The Electricity of Cambodia (EDC) and Vietnam’s National Power Transmission Corporation (NPT) on Aug. 31 held a conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on the Chau Doc-Takeo 220kV power line from Vietnam to Cambodia.
At the conference, the two sides discussed issues including power transmission between the two countries, developing power networks, as well as technical problems and maintenance work, according to Vietnam News Agency (VNA).
Nguyen Van Bay, head of the technology department of Power Transmission Company No 4, said that after 16 months of operation, the Chau Doc-Takeo power line has provided Cambodia with over 912 million of kWh of electricity, contributing to dealing with the shortages of electricity in Cambodia.
The project is part of an agreement between the two governments and a contract between EDC and EVN signed in July, 2000. Its maximum transmitting capacity is 200MW with an average output from 900 million kWh to 1.4 billion kWh. --AKP