Cambodia Welcomes More Chinese Investment: PM
Phnom Penh, December 17, 2010 AKP -- Cambodia welcomes more investment from east China's Jiangsu province, Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen said Thursday.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen, who is paying a five-day visit in China, made the remarks when meeting with Luo Zhijun, secretary of the Jiangsu Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), in Nanjing, provincial capital of Jiangsu, Chinese News Agency Xinhua reported.
As an economic power of China, Jiangsu province has made great contribution in getting China out of the global financial crisis. Cambodia has benefited from the fast development of Chinese economy including that of Jiangsu province, Samdech Techo Hun Sen said.
Hongdou Group Co., Ltd., a Jiangsu-based enterprise in clothing, tire, biological pharmacy and real estate, is building an industrial park in Preah Sihanouk province, southern Cambodia, Premier Hun Sen said.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen hoped that he hoped both parties could work together to develop the industrial park.
Luo, for his part, appreciated the great efforts and contribution Samdech Techo Hun Sen has made in promoting the friendly communication, bilateral exchanges and cooperation between China and Cambodia.
Luo said he believed that the prime minister's visit would enhance the mutual understanding, promote pragmatic cooperation and establish a win-win relationship between the two countries.
Jiangsu province maintains close and friendly communication with Cambodia. The province's Wuxi City is sister city to Cambodia's Sihanoukville City. Many enterprises in Jiangsu province have invested in Cambodia, Luo said.
We are willing to enhance the communication and cooperation with Cambodia in a variety of areas, Luo said.
Luo also introduced basic information of Jiangsu province to Samdech Techo Hun Sen. With a long history, well-developed science and education and comprehensive industry sectors, Jiangsu's economy has ranked high among the provinces in China, Luo said.
Currently, the province's aggregate economic volume accounts for 10 percent of that of China, with a GDP per capita of US$7,000. Its foreign investment ranks number one in China, accounting for around 30 percent of the total of China. Its imports and Exports ranks number two in China.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen arrived in Beijing on Monday to start his official visit to China, during which he also visited north China's coastal municipality of Tianjin. --AKP
Cambodia-Thailand Visa Exemption Agreement Comes into Force
Phnom Penh, December 17, 2010 AKP -- The Agreement on visa exemption for holders of normal passports between Cambodia and Thailand has come into force from Dec. 16, 2010.
A ceremony to celebrate this event was held in Poipet City, Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey province in the presence of Ung Oeun, governor of Banteay Meanchey and his Thai counterpart of Sa Kaew province, Sanit Naksuksi.
On the occasion, both governors said with this visa exemption, the peoples of the two countries can travel to and stay for 14 days in the host country without applying for visas.
Governor Ung Oeun praised for the good relationship between the peoples of Banteay Meanchey and Sa Kaew provinces.
In the first 11 months of 2010, the number of foreign tourists who came to Cambodia from Thailand through Poipet border gate reached over 300,000, an increase by 2.83 percent as compared to the same period of 2009.
On Nov. 17, the Cambodian and Thai foreign ministers signed here the Agreement between the two neighboring countries on visa exemption for holders of normal passports under the presidency of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen and his Thai counterpart H.E. Abhisit Vejjajiva upon their close-door bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 4th ACMECS Summit.
Cambodia has signed visa exemption agreements with the ASEAN member countries, except Brunei and Myanmar. --AKP
By SOKMOM Nimul
Vietnam, Cambodia discuss Role of Religious Affaire
Phnom Penh, December 17, 2010 AKP -- Vietnam recognises and upholds the moral and cultural values of belief and religion, and considers belief and religion a spiritual need of the people and religious followers an integral part of the great national unity.
Head of the Vietnamese Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs Nguyen Thai Binh made this remark while receiving a delegation from the Cambodian Ministry of Cult and Religion, led by Minister Min Khin, in Hanoi on Dec. 16, reported Vietnam News Agency (VNA).
At the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on religious affairs in their respective countries as well as the implementation of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on bilateral cooperation, signed in Cambodia in December 2007.
Binh told his guests that Vietnam’s 1992 Constitution affirms that belief and religion constitute one of the people’s fundamental rights, and citizens have the right to freedom of belief and religion, following or not following a religion, while the State respects and ensures this right for citizens
All religions are equal before the law and all acts that abuse belief and religion to incite violence, divide the people and nation, and organise superstitious activities are prohibited, the official added.
Regarding the performance of the MoU, Binh said the two sides have exchanged central-level delegations, provided documents related to the State management of religious affairs, and supported each other in organisation of UN Vesak Day in Vietnam.
However, he suggested the two sides organise working visits to each other’s countries for local delegations and hold bilateral symposiums in the future.
Minister Min Khin proposed that the two sides speed up the implementation of the MoU and expressed his wish to deepen relations between the two agencies.
The minister said the Cambodian State always cares for the people’s right to freedom of belief, which is prescribed in the country’s Constitution.
The same day, Minister Min Khin was received by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem, who highly praised the results of cooperation between the Vietnamese Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs and the Cambodian Ministry of Cult and Religion.
Khiem said he hoped the two agencies would step up cooperative ties in religious affairs, thus strengthening the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia.
Min Khin thanked Vietnam for its valuable support and assistance towards the Cambodian people and expressed his belief that their neighbourliness would further develop for the interests of the two countries’ peoples. --AKP