Cambodian Premier: China Is a Good, Close Friend
Phnom Penh, January 25, 2011 AKP – Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen considered China as a long-lasting, close friend providing its assistance to the national development in Cambodia, mainly the infrastructure construction projects.
He wished the relationship and cooperation between the two countries to last forever, while presiding over the inauguration of the Cambodia-China Prek Tamak Friendship Bridge in Kandal province on Jan. 24.
He also expressed his gratitude to China for its assistance to the national rehabilitation and development in the country.
The premier further appreciated China’s aid to Cambodia, saying that China always carried out all the projects earlier than expected.
He also elaborated on the country’s economic growth and the internal and external integrations.
“In my concept, the main investments must focus on infrastructures such as road, bridge, irrigation and human resources,” he said.
He said, “I am proud of the policy of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) as well as that of the Cambodian royal government, which created a situation to link people to people, along with transportation as well.”
Speaking at the event, H.E. Pan Guangxue, China’s ambassador to Cambodia, said the US$43.5 million Cambodia-China Prek Tamak Friendship Bridge was the third Chinese-funded bridge to open in Cambodia, after the Cambodia-China Sekong Friendship Bridge in Stung Treng province and Cambodian-China Prek Kdam Friendship Bridge, also in Kandal.
Phnom Penh and Beijing have inked agreements to build two more bridges, the Cambodia-China Chroy Changvar Bridge in Phnom Penh and another project in Takhmao.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen said several other highway projects have also been signed or are under negotiation, and that China has already funded the construction of more than 1,500 kilometers of roads in Cambodia.
Last month, during the Cambodian premier’s five-day visit to China, he and Chinese leaders signed 12 agreements related to infrastructure and agriculture projects.
The Prek Tamak Bridge is 1,060 meters in length and 13.5 meters in width, with a designed speed of 60 km per hour. The contractor of the project is China’s Shanghai Construction (Group) General Company. –AKP
Article in Khmer by CHEY Phum Pul
Article in English by THOU Peou
PM Hun Sen and His Spouse Donate US$310,000 to Build Buddhist University
Phnom Penh, January 25, 2011 AKP – Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen and His Spouse, Bun Rany Hun Sen, have donated more than US$310,000 as a private contribution to building the Preah Sihamoni Raja Buddhist University (PSBU).
The Preah Sihamoni Raja Buddhist University is located within 144-year-old Svay Pope Monastery in Phnom-Penh. It will be a four-storey building with an estimated construction cost of some US$480,000.
Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen announced the donation Sunday while attending the ceremony to welcome the achievements made by the pagodas of the Dhammayutta Order throughout the country, and the 66th anniversary of His Holiness Samdech Preah Abhisiri Sugandha Mahasangharajah Dhipati Bour Kry, Great Supreme Patriarch of Dhammayuttikanikaya of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
“We have no discrimination of beliefs by the people in Buddhism of the two Orders, Dhammayutta and Mahanikaya,” Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said.
He pointed out that the physical infrastructures were needed for the monasteries through donation and contribution from the Buddhist followers, who, in return, would receive the education of ethics, morals, and Dharma.
Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen highly appreciated the excellent, enormous support, assistance and contribution of His Holiness Samdech Preah Abhisiri Sugandha Mahasangharajah Dhipati Bour Kry to the progress and value of Buddhism and the Cambodian society as a whole.
The number of Dhammayuttikanikaya monasteries has up to now increased to 161 with 2,500 monks, and that of Mahanikaya monasteries has a total of 4,307 with 54,861 monks. –AKP
Article in Khmer by CHEY Phum Pul
Article in English by Ravuth M.
Vice President of French Senate Visits Cambodia
Phnom Penh, January 25, 2011 AKP – A delegation of the French Senate led by its Vice President Mrs. Catherine Tasca arrived here today for a week-long visit in the Kingdom.
The visit is aimed to review the cooperation works being implemented with the Cambodian Senate, especially in the framework of the French-Speaking Countries Association (Francophonie), and to set forth future perspectives, according to a press release of the French Embassy in Cambodia.
During the visit from Jan. 24 to 30, Mrs. Catherine Tasca, also chairwoman of French-Cambodia Senate Friendship Group, along with Cambodian senators will conduct a seminar related to the role of senators.
The French delegation of the Senate will be received in a royal audience by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni and hold talks with Senate President Samdech Akka Moha Thamma Pothisal Chea Sim, First Vice President of the National Assembly H.E. Nguon Nhel, and Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, said the press release.
The French delegation will also meet with Siem Reap Governor H.E. Sou Phirin and visit the French School and bilingual classes in Siem Reap province. –AKP
By OU Sokha
UK to Close its Office in Cambodia
Phnom Penh, January 25, 2011 AKP - The United Kingdom will close its international development agency’s office at the end of January, according to the announcement made here on Jan. 20 by UK Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Andrew Mace.
The closing will not affect its aid to Cambodia, he said, adding that the UK would continue to help Cambodia through other development programs.
For his part, Mr. Richard Erlebach, head of the Department for International Development (DFID) Cambodia office, said that DFID has helped Cambodia since 2000 and it will continue to assist the country in 2011 with 12 million pound.
UK’s assistance to Cambodia mainly focuses on the projects of enhancing the people’s health and living conditions, reproductive health and poverty alleviation, etc., he added. –AKP
By LIM Nary
Cambodian Brahman Fair Held in Kandal Province
Phnom Penh, January 25, 2011 AKP – The Cambodian Brahman Fair took place on Jan. 22-23 at Lovea Em district, Kandal province.
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries H.E. Chan Sarun presided over the opening ceremony of the cattle fair.
Over ten species of cattle were exhibited, said Mr. Srey Chanthou, president of the Cambodian Brahman Breeders’ Association, adding that the fair is aimed to raise farmers’ awareness on cattle breeding.
On the occasion, H.E. Chan Sarun lauded the association’s initiative to create the A.P. cattle farm, which he said contributes to the development of the country.
He also encouraged all farmers to participate in cattle breeding for the benefit of the agricultural field and thus the country’s economy.
Meanwhile, the 2nd Trade and Agricultural Products Fair was also held at the same place. –AKP
By SOKMOM Nimul
Japan Introduces Fresh Water Fish in Cambodia
Phnom Penh, January 25, 2011 AKP – A group of Japanese Fish Rearing Association led by Mr. Kazuki Nishimura met here recently with H.E. Chan Sarun, minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
During the meeting Mr. Kazuki Nishimura told the minister that the Japanese Fish Rearing Association wished to introduce Japanese fresh water fish (Nishiki Koi) in Cambodia, which is the first country chosen for Nishiki Koi fish crossbreed.
In reply, H.E. Chan Sarun welcomed and supported the association’s intention, which he said will further help boost Cambodia’s development as well as poverty reduction for the Cambodian people.
He also recommended the association to discuss in detail with H.E. Nao Thuok, director general of fisheries administration. –AKP