His Majesty King Presides Over Closing Ceremony Marking National Independence
Phnom Penh, November 12, 2010 AKP -- His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni put out a symbol flame, while presiding over a closing celebration to mark the 57th anniversary of National Independence from France at the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh yesterday.
National Assembly President Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen and First Vice President of the Senate H.R.H. Sisowath Chivoan Monirak as well as other Cambodian high-ranking officials participated in the ceremony with a crowd of Phnom Penh residents and students in attendance.
Foreign Ambassadors to Cambodia were also present at the event. --AKP
U.S. War Ship To Visit Cambodia in December
Phnom Penh, November 12, 2010 AKP -- U.S. Commander of the Pacific Air Force Gen. Gary L. North, representative of U.S. Pacific Commander Willard, has affirmed that a U.S. war ship will arrive in Cambodia next month.
Gen. Gary L. North said here on Nov. 10 during the meeting with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Gen. Tea Banh.
The American marine will cooperate with the Cambodian marine in the fields of defense, offshore stability strengthening as well as engineering, he said.
In reply, Gen. Tea Banh highly valued the successful cooperation under the U.S.’ support and thanked the U.S. armed forces for their successive assistance to the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.
He also recalled the success of the multinational military exercise GPOI-10 and the joint military exercise CARAT hosted by Cambodia, which he said is inseparable from the support of the U.S. armed forces.
On the occasion, Gen. Tea Banh announced the departure of the Cambodian blue-beret troops on Nov. 17 for the peacekeeping mission in Lebanon at the UN’s request. --AKP
(By LIM Nary)
WB Provides US$40 Million for Typhoon Ketsana Recovery in Cambodia
Phnom Penh, November 12, 2010 AKP -- The World Bank (WB) has extended US$40 million – US$20 million in concession credit and US$20 million in grant – to Cambodia for the Ketsana Emergency Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Project (KERRP).
The credit and grant agreements were inked here on Nov. 11 by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance H.E. Keat Chhon, and WB Country Manager Qimiao Fan.
According to a press release of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, KERRP is aimed at supporting emergent response to the government’s expenses, rehabilitating and reconstructing 920 kilometers of rural roads, providing technical assistance to the project’s agents, and strengthening the capacity of government institutions in preventing and responding to disasters.
In September 2009, 14 Cambodian provinces were hit by typhoon Ketsana, of them the most affected were Siem Reap, Kampong Cham, Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Thom, Battambang and Kampong Chhnang. --AKP
(By CHEA Vannak)
DPM Tea Banh Meets New Singaporean Ambassador to Cambodia
Phnom Penh, November 12, 2010 AKP -- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Gen. Tea Banh met here on Nov. 10 with newly-appointed Singaporean Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Premjith Sadasivan.
In the meeting, the Singaporean ambassador said his diplomatic mission is aimed at strengthening the existing cooperation between Cambodia and Singapore and at seeking for other fields of cooperation for the mutual interests of the two countries.
Regarding the Cambodia-Thailand border dispute, the Singaporean diplomat congratulated the two neighboring countries on the restoration of their relations, stressing that not only Singapore, but also other regional countries have paid attention to this issue.
In reply, the Cambodian defense minister briefed H.E. Premjith Sadasivan of the border conflict with Thailand, explaining that the dispute started when the Preah Vihear Temple of Cambodia was listed as a World Heritage Site in 2008.
Gen. Tea Banh further reiterated Cambodia’s stance in solving the issue by peaceful means. --AKP
Cambodia Hosts International Conference on Investment Opportunities
Phnom Penh, November 12, 2010 AKP -- A two-day international conference on Opportunities for Investment in Cambodia was opened here on Nov. 10 in the presence of H.E. Aun Poan Monirath, chairman of the Supreme National Economic Council.
Addressing the conference, H.E. Aun Poan Monirath, who is also secretary of state for the Ministry of Economy and Finance, said this is a good opportunity for foreign investors and Cambodian relevant authorities to exchange information with each other.
The event was jointly organized by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Cambodia and OSK Investment Bank of Malaysia, and attended by foreign investors from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Vietnam. --AKP
(By KHAN Sophirom)